Friday 09 Jul 2021
SALT LAKE CITY – The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be holding this year’s highly anticipated annual state convention from September 11-12 at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel.
âThe women are so excited; they missed it last year, âsaid DCCW President Becky Colombo. “They really missed getting together with people from all over the state.”
The theme for this year’s convention, âLet Your Light Shine,â was originally chosen by outgoing President Casey Pond for last year’s convention, which was canceled due to the pandemic.
âShe just felt like the world was around the time we had to go out and spread love because everyone was getting so hateful in their politics. She felt like we had to let our light shine and spread love, âColombo said of Pond’s theme.
This year’s keynote speaker will be Cuban Maria Morera Johnson, award-winning author of Super Girls and Halos, My Bad Ass Book of Saints and Our Lady of Charity. She will speak about âLiving in the Light of Eternityâ and will encourage women to become witnesses in the world and to share the light of Christ in all that they do.
Additionally, Emmie Gardner, CEO of Holy Cross Ministries, will share highlights from her over 35-year career in the nonprofit field and explain how the Sisters of the Holy Cross have influenced her career. New to the convention this year will be a special breakout session for Spanish speaking women. This discussion, centered on St. Paul’s approach to evangelism, will be moderated by Johnson on Saturday afternoon.
Meanwhile, in âA Journey of an Unassuming Woman,â Mary Anne Berzins will share her leadership and organizational development work at the University of Utah.
On Sunday, Kit Cummings, Communications Coordinator at St. Rose Parish in Lima, will speak on âChrist’s Tongues of Loveâ.
Women or men who are not members of DCCW are welcome to attend the convention.
âThe feeling you get when you’re out there with these women and you know you’re involved with this great group of women, especially in the state of Utah which is LDS-dominant, that just gives you a feeling of family âsays Colombo. “When they leave on Sunday, they can’t wait to come back next year because it gives you such a wonderful feeling.”
âIf you just come and get the feeling of joy and family you get from being there with all of these women, that’s a salesman in and of itself – you’ll want to come back year after year,â she added.
Convention attendees will attend mass on Saturday at Madeleine Cathedral and enjoy the recitation of the Rosary, prayer and memorial services together. Light breakfasts and lunches will be provided during the convention; the registration fee includes a ticket to the Woman of the Year banquet. There will also be prizes, drawings, raffles and a silent auction. The Service Commission will collect articles for those fighting poverty, homelessness and abuse (see dccwutah.org under the âService Commissionâ tab for a list of needed articles).
The cost of the full convention is $ 125; scholarships are available. The deadline is July 28. Contact your parish women’s council or visit www.dccwutah.org for details, registration forms and sponsorship information.
The DCCW will follow any health guidelines that may be in place during the convention. Masks will not be mandatory, but those who are more comfortable wearing them are encouraged to do so, Colombo said.
For more information, contact Colombo at 435-650-6392.