The Grand Island Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (GIDCCW) will hold their Spring Assembly at Halsey, April 17 and 18. The DCCW is celebrating its 89th year, as an organization, in Nebraska, while in Washington, D.C. the National Council of Catholic Women is celebrating its 100th birthday. In 1920, the U.S. Bishops founded the NCCW and the Nebraska Council is proud of our affiliation with them throughout our own 89 years of service to this Diocese.
The Spring Assembly speaker for Friday night, April 17, will be Sister Faustina Lightfoot, of the Marian Sisters, at Waverly, NE. She is originally from Shenandoah, Iowa and has been with the Marian Sisters for 3 years. While studying, at Creighton Univ., she encountered the love of Jesus and received the great grace to be called as a Bride of Christ. Her current apostolate is studying Nursing at the Univ. of NE in Lincoln. She has a great love for the message of the Divine Mercy of Christ and her talk will be about sharing the Merciful Love of God with all souls.
Our speakers for Saturday’s session will be Rebecca and John Lillyman, who are members of Prince of Peace Church, at Kearney. Their talk “Growing In Faith” is a reflection of their time as man and wife and the people who helped shape and direct their path along the way. They have lived interesting and well-traveled lives. The following is what they have written:
“Our lives have been a journey of entering into the deeper places of God through His mercy alone. We were married in 1983, at Bethel Presbyterian in Wheaton, IL. During our early marriage, while John practiced architecture, we had twenty-three foster children over a span of five plus years.”
“From Wheaton, we moved to Sydney, Australia, which is John’s home city, with three children in tow. John practiced architecture there for the first year, then went on to supervise foster care workers. In 1993, our family moved back to Wheaton, where John completed his Master’s in Evangelism at Wheaton College.”
“We returned to Australia, for another 3 years, with John working as a Chaplain for Wesley Mission, but Wheaton called again — this time to help with a church plant. Eventually, now with six children, we were called to Kearney. Where’s that, we wondered?! It proved to be a significant destination for us. Three of our children found wonderful spouses here, we adopted a six-year-old and for Easter, of 2013, we both left our Protestant heritage and entered into the Catholic Church. Age 50 plus has turned out to be pivotal in our life calendar. We are all called to a journey. The question is, “Will we enter in?”
We hope you are intrigued and want to learn more from our speakers. Please plan to attend the Spring Assembly which will be located in the beautiful National Forest area of Nebraska this April. We will have our many usual events: two Masses (Saturday’s with Bishop Hanefeldt), we’ll be preparing the Best Choice labels, collecting all your Sewing Dresses/outfits for Haiti kids, having a silent auction, raffle, prayer partner drawing, visiting with friends, wine, cheese, a sing-a-long and all the other good things you have come to expect at our annual GIDCCW assemblies. Please print off the Raffle tickets and sell at your upcoming gatherings!
Fill out the registration form and send it with your check, to our Treasurer, Judy Wagoner. The deadline for registrations and payments will be Wednesday, April 8, 2020. If you prefer staying at a local motel or on the campgrounds at Halsey in your camper, you must make those arrangements on your own and the registration cost for the Assembly does not include those charges.