Note from Omaha Province Director on NCCW

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Omaha Province Director Report for July 20, 2020 by Susan Johnson

My two-year term ends next month when Theresa Pavlik, OACCW member, is installed via Zoom as the 2020-2022 Omaha Province Director. Let us look back at this past year.

Thirteen members, four Spiritual Advisors and two of our husbands attended the 99th Annual NCCW Convention in Atlanta, GA. Resolutions adopted were Suicide Awareness, Opioid Crisis Affecting Our Nation and Reuse Products and Reduce Consumption. The LDCCW, OACCW, and GIDCCW each contributed a silent auction item and $100 toward a one-page ad in the convention booklet, and together a purse for the auction. Highlights included beautiful liturgies, guest speaker Mother Dolores Hart and an engaging talk by speaker Kim Michael Polote titled, “Divine Shopping Spree. . .Being a Kept Woman in His Word.” We shared a memorable Province Dinner and several fun get-togethers. We are saddened because of the cancellation of this year’s 100th birthday convention due to COVID 19 but let us celebrate the 100th convention next year in Alexandria, VA with much of the same line-up.

I attended the NCCW BOD meeting January 31-February 2, 2020 in Washington, DC and represented you at the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Our May 29-31 NCCW BOD meeting was cancelled but we met via Zoom May 30 and conducted a two-hour business meeting that included reports from the Executive Board, Committee and Commission Chairwomen, and NCCW Office. The NCCW Board of Directors approved resolutions supporting Appreciation of Spiritual Advisers and the USCCB Walking With Moms In Need Program. 

I served on the NCCW Spirituality Committee during both years. We met monthly by conference call and Zoom and developed several resources including the Kind Cards, Rosaries for Peace and Healing comforting all who are victims of bullying and harassment, mourning the death of a child, or the death of a loved one by suicide, the Centennial Prayer and Bookmark, Spiritual Advisor Prayer, and Centennial Hour of Prayer Service. Both years, I served on the Liturgy Committee assisting in liturgies and prayer services.

Some of you answered my call to increase membership in NCCW. Memberships support the national organization and members have much to gain through the monthly email newsletter Connect, the quarterly Catholic Woman Magazine, rosary and membership calls, and the Wednesday Coffee Klatch and Thursday trainings. I promoted the use of NCCW Resources and the We Are NCCW video. Because of a letter to NCCW President Maribeth Stewart Blogoslawski written by the North Platte Deanery Spiritual Advisor questioning why Spiritual Advisors couldn’t access the NCCW Resources, a change was made that allows Spiritual Advisors to have a magazine subscription for $30 which includes access to the resources. The Spirituality Committee set a goal of enrolling all Spiritual Advisors with the gift of a magazine, an Advisor’s Pin, and an Enrollment Certificate as well as passing on ideas of how to pray and honor priests.

Last July, I began monthly conference calls with the arch/diocesan presidents to communicate programs and resources as well as collaborate on the arch/diocesan level. As time went on, those elected to step up to president and province director were added to the call, and we switched to Zoom calls. Last October, we developed the Always Remembered Mass Project. Over 500 names of deceased were submitted by all three arch/dioceses and our Spiritual Advisors offer twelve monthly masses for the deceased names.  The project gathered $3075.

Ladies of the Omaha Province were well-represented at the 2020 Catholics at the Capitol Day in Lincoln, NE on March 4. The format of the day was changed to include exit cards and meeting senators in their office instead of the Rotunda. We celebrated NCCW’s March 4th 100th birthday with two beautifully decorated cakes! The Executive Board meeting began at 1 pm.

I pray that the next two years will not see as many meetings cancelled by floods, snowstorms and COVID 19. I regret missing meetings because of health reasons and NCCW BOD meetings scheduled for the same date. I will always treasure the times together, friendship, and commonality in our faith. Thank you for your participation in meetings, NCCW parish, deanery, and arch/diocesan affiliations, individual and supporting NCCW memberships, prayers, assistance with the $1000 PD Board Fundraising and all other acts of service and kindness during my term.

This year 2020, we set a record for the 48-year history of the Province of Omaha: the annual meeting via ZOOM!