ACCW to honor four women for parish volunteerism

| April 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

At the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual convention April 21-22 at St. Odilia in Shoreview, leaders will present Laywomen Volunteer Awards to four women.

Linda Borchardt, St. Michael in St. Michael

Linda Borchardt

At St. Michael, Borchardt, 60, has worked in its Welcome Center, served as a greeter and reader, sung in the adult choir, and provided food for funerals. She has also coordinated bake sales, receptions for graduates and Lenten Friday soup suppers.

She has been a devoted eucharistic adorer since 2005, when eucharistic adoration began at her parish. Borchardt has also been a confirmation catechist in the parish’s Learning In Faith Together program, served on the Crew Faith Formation Planning Committee and Family Catechesis Program, and was treasurer of the Community Education Endowment Fund. For more than 20 years, she has been involved with St. Michael’s fall festival, serving as chairwoman and overseeing communications and sponsorships.

Outside of the parish, Borchardt is an active member of the Rotary and helped create and dedicate the city park path as well as getting park benches placed around town. She also helped coordinate “Little Free Libraries.” She is an accomplished accordion player and member of an area accordion orchestra.

People describe her as a role model of faith for her husband, Jeff, four children and five grandchildren.

Kay Gadient

Kathleen Gadient, St. Columbkill–Holy Trinity in Goodhue

Gadient, 83, has been an active parishioner at St. Columbkill–Holy Trinity for more than 60 years. She remains active in its Council of Catholic Women, has held each of the officer positions and served on many committees. She is a past member of the Southeast Deanery board, serving on the Community Concerns Commission as mental health vice chair.

At her parish, she has been an extraordinary minister of holy Communion, led the rosary before daily Mass and served at church functions. For many years, she was a faith formation teacher and still monitors classes occasionally. She has helped plan and worked at many funerals and cleans the church, especially before weddings, funerals and other special events.

In the broader community, she is an active member of the Lioness Club, delivers meals for the community and helps with the blood drive twice a year. Gadient also belongs to her local homemaker group, providing rides to neighbors.

Gadient and her late husband, Bill, of 58 years, raised 12 children on the family farm. She has 40 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Mary Limborg, St. John the Evangelist in Little Canada

Mary Limborg

Limborg, 74, has been a member of her parish’s Council of Catholic Women for 17 years and served as president for four years. During her term, 41 new members became involved with CCW. She has started many projects and was instrumental in the Parish Family Rosary, which is prayed at daily Mass and before the first Mass on Sunday. She also coordinates eucharistic adoration and the Divine Mercy Sunday celebration and Divine Mercy chaplet. She served as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at St. John’s Hospital in Maplewood for two years. She is a member of the pastoral council and liaison to the liturgy committee. She has helped make improvements to the church, from remodeling the kitchen to installing a new crucifix in the lower chapel.

Limborg, a Third Order Lay Carmelite, has been active in pro-life work for the past 15 years and stands vigil once a month in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. She also introduced vacation Bible school to the parish, and organized mailings to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. She is a founding board member of a Catholic Worker House, a shelter for women and children that provides food, clothing and hospitality. She also served on the board of directors of the Holy Family Adoption Agency in St. Paul for six years.

She and her husband, Jerry, have been married for 54 years and have three children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Joyce Nevins, Holy Childhood in St. Paul

Joyce Nevins

Upon moving to Minnesota in 1974, Nevins, 71, became an active member of Holy Childhood. She has held numerous positions in the Women’s Club, provided desserts for funerals and also serves on the altar cleaning team.

At the parish and former school, she has been involved in many of the fundraising events, including Oktoberfest and “A Taste of Como.”

Her community service includes developing a program at Children’s Home Society, assisting homeless women with mental illness, and helping seniors and refugees find housing. Having been a sidewalk counselor at Planned Parenthood for many years, Nevins, along with two other women, opened the Philomena House, a home for homeless, pregnant women. At Philomena House, she has served as volunteer director, grant writer, recruiter, trainer and labor coach.

Nevins has been married for 49 years. She worked as a nurse until she and her husband started their family of seven children. They have 24 grandchildren.

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