Bishop John Noonan has designated Jan. 18 as Council of Catholic Women Sunday in the Diocese of Orlando to celebrate this ministry that touches many lives.
Cathy Petroff, president of the Orlando Diocese Council of Catholic Women (ODCCW), said this observance on Jan. 18 will vary throughout the nine-county region. While all parishes with CCW chapters will recognize their members in a special way, some are also celebrating with teas, fellowship breakfasts, or dinners. In addition, many chapters will also take the opportunity to recruit new members as well as set up displays highlighting their projects and activities.
“We are all happy to be members of the CCW,” Petroff said. “The Council of Catholic Women Sunday is an excellent opportunity for us to share that love and to thank the parishioners for their support.”
In a letter to the CCW chapters, Bishop Noonan wrote, “How blessed we are in the Diocese of Orlando to have received the many gifts offered in the Lord’s name by you, the members of the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women! On behalf of our clergy, religious women, and God’s holy people, I thank you for the wonderful work that you do in our parishes, in the diocese and at the state level.”
The Council is made up of Catholic women who seek to transform the world through prayer and action. They support social action through Gospel values and they train Catholic women to become leaders in church and society.
Later this year, Sept. 9-12, the ODCCW will host the National Council of Catholic Women Convention at the Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista in Lake Buena Vista. Nearly 600 delegates from around the country are expected to attend.