Catholic Daughters of the Americas 55th Biennial National Convention
Thursday, July 17, 2014
By Tom Panas, Public Relations Director
National Regent Anne Nelson opened the second session of the 55th Biennial National Convention by comparing a torn cloth in convention packets with a torn court. Anne said with proper structure and commitment courts can remain whole.
Deacon Douglas Campbell spoke of the importance of a prolife amendment in North Dakota. “It is estimated that Planned Parenthood will spend six or seven million dollars to defeat this amendment.” He then gave the morning prayer and offering. Father William Reynolds, representing Apostleship of the Sea, said Coasta Cruises removed priest chaplains and only Holland Cruise Lines now has priest chaplains. Anne Nelson then presented a check to Father Reynolds.
Anne Nelson tasked the Credentials Committee to retire to review credentials. First Vice National Regent Helene Shepard introduced keynote speaker Teresa Tomeo. Teresa said that “It is no coincidence that the current attacks on the church are centered on women’s issues, because Satan knows if he can get to us, he can get to everyone.” Teresa spoke of experiencing great material success that came with emptiness inside until she came back to Jesus and the Church. She quoted from Jeremiah 29-13, “you will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with your heart.”
Anne then announced Muriel Forrest as Catholic Woman of the Year “for believing and loving each person.” Muriel, with her husband Mark (Mark is a tenor who gave a concert Tuesday night), administer Wheatland Farm for special needs children. She said, “I receive this award on behalf of the many Catholic moms throughout this country who are raising children like ours.” Anne Nelson said that a $5,000 check would be in the mail and Mark Forrest introduced a short video on Wheatland Farm.
Membership/Extension Chairman Mary Ann Kizer gave membership awards, mentioning a court chaplain who said in the court’s parish that he wanted all women to become Catholic Daughters, helping the court reach its membership goal.
Youth/JCDA Chairman Arline Rich said that five scholarship applications were disqualified because the applications were for years previous to 2014. She announced the winners of a $1,000 scholarship for a Junior Catholic Daughter, two scholarships for students going into 9th grade and a third for a student going to public or private high school. Joyce Ann Fleming then announced the winner of the $3,000 Father Leonard Bachman Scholarship..
Anne Nelson congratulated those who organized and participated in the Walk/Run for Love which was held early Thursday morning and thanked Kelly for moving things along punctually. Anne said a CD by Mark Forrest, “Rosary for Meditation,” that she highly recommended, was in the convention packet.
Anne introduced Immediate Past National Regent Joanne Tomassi. Joanne spoke of being guided by her faith and the Holy Spirit through knee surgery and the end of her term as National Regent to a wonderful job in which “I now work for an organization where the bottom line is salvation and service.” Anne presented Joanne with a plaque, saying, “I present this plaque with sincere appreciation for your leadership of the Catholic daughters of the Americas, 2010-2012.”
Anne introduced By Laws Chairman Shirley Seyfried, who introduced By Laws Committee members Emily Guilherme and Vickie Feist for voting on proposed amendments. Proposed amendments 2 through 24 were passed (proposed amendments #1 and #25 did not pass; proposed amendment #5 was withdrawn.) Anne said voting on the remaining proposed amendments would continue on Friday. She said there was a problem with voting, and that the state of Pennsylvania must stay behind to vote again.
Sister Mary Paul offered the closing prayer. “God, help me to be patient with my feet, my fingers and my mind and help me realize they are a little tired like the rest of me. Give me the wisdom that is supposed to accompany advancing years but keep me open to new ideas as well.”
Special thanks to the Monitors for distributing these Recaps before the morning sessions and to Dan Seyfried for posting onto the CDA Website the recaps and photos taken by volunteer photographer Terrie Vacek (thanks also to Terrie Vacek).
Glimpses of Convention Highlights
National Chaplain Rev. Stephen Gosnell addresses the gathering.
At their Retirement Dinner, guests of honor Jim O'Brien and Peggy O'Brien hold their gifts, presented by National Regent Anne Nelson.
"The gang's all here" at the Retirement Dinner.
Past State Regent Joyce Stein leads the state of Louisiana at Campaign Night.
Texas cheers on Campaign Night!
Many rose early in the morning for the Walk/Run for love. Congratulations to all.
Eucharistic Liturgy Memorial Mass
National Regent Anne Nelson, left, awards Catholic Woman of the Year, Muriel Forrest.
Membership/Extension Chair Mary Ann Kizer, awards check to Texas court for Membership Contest, while Texas State Regent Peggy Rosales looks on.
Photos may be downloaded by left clicking on the photo to enlarge it. Then, right clicking on the enlarged photo and selecting save image. Photos by Terry Vacek.