The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial conference this spring at St. Therese Parish in Portland. Archbishop John Vlazny, who took on emeritus status in 2013, concelebrated Mass with Father Stephen Geer, pastor of St. Therese. Prior to the Mass, the Knights of Columbus presented the colors, and ACCW President Sue Anker opened the conference and offered a welcome.
Speakers Anne Jochim and Edith Fuller gave the presentation “Building a Faith-Based Library,” focused on their efforts at St. Henry Parish in Gresham. They shared how they’ve organized a variety of religious books in the parish library, which attract readers of all ages.
Toc Soneoulay-Gillespie, director of the refugee resettlement program at Catholic Charities of Oregon, and two Catholic Charities representatives spoke about “Building a New Life for a Refugee.” They described how the nonprofit welcomes families at the airport and helps them settle in Oregon.
Following lunch, Janice Carlson gave a presentation on how her family’s devotion to the Holy Spirit has been a blessing. Miracles of light and grace flowed through the lives of her husband, her children and herself, she said.
After the Knights withdrew the colors and Dorothy Rose announced the winners of a drawing, Anker closed the conference with a prayer.
ACCW Day of Recollection
ACCW will hold its annual Day of Recollection Oct. 10 at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton. All are welcome. For information call Sue Anker at 503-252-2574.