Continue Reflecting on Our Time Together
You’re Invited to a Virtual Gathering
Dear Sisters in Christ,
We are so excited to share with you the plans for our Virtual Day of Reflection to be held on Sunday, April 26, a day that is special for two reasons. First, it is the feast day of MCCW’s patroness, Our Lady of Good Counsel. Second, it is what would have been the final day of Forum 2020 had we not had to postpone.
Because this is such a significant day, we wanted to ensure that we were able to connect, unite, and inspire you all even if we can’t be together physically!
Our planning team happily noted that the Gospel reading for that day was one of our favorites, The Road to Emmaus, and quickly decided to make that the theme of the day. We hope that our speakers and presenters will open your eyes and hearts to Jesus’ love for us just as He did for His disciples on that walk long ago.
The Day of Reflection will begin at 12 p.m. ET with a live-streamed Mass celebrated by our Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. Each subsequent event will begin on the hour and will last no more than 15 to 30 minutes. Check out the full schedule below.
When our team began planning this special event, we recognized in ourselves a certain resource fatigue and overload from all the amazing virtual opportunities out there. We wanted to craft a Day of Reflection that would be an opportunity for quiet prayer and reflection and that is easy for women busy at home with family to enjoy. We hope these “bite-sized reflections” will be a perfect fit for your day!
Each of the events will be streamed on one of MCCW’s two Facebook channels. Be sure you don’t miss a thing by following us at The Military Council of Catholic Women-MCCW Worldwide and by joining our closed group MCCW-Worldwide Community. And we will be saving the events there so that you can watch anything you miss later.
Finally, we invite you to join us in praying a novena to Our Lady of Good Counsel, beginning today and ending the day before our Day of Reflection. The prayers will be posted daily on our FB channels.
Your MCCW team continues to hold you all in our prayers during this difficult time and we pray that this Day of Reflection will connect, unite, and inspire us all!
MCCW Virtual Day of Reflection Schedule
April 26, 2020 (All times are listed in Eastern Time)
12 p.m. Opening
Live-Streamed Mass with Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
The Military Council of Catholic Women-MCCW Worldwide
1 p.m. Session 1
Reflection with Alexandra Sullivan
2 p.m. Session 2
Praying with Icons with Father Luke Goymour
3 p.m. Session 3
Prayer & Reflection: Lectio Divina from Luke 24:13-35 with Father Nicholas Reid
4 p.m. Session 4
Reflection with Lynda MacFarland
5 p.m. Session 5
Reflection on Our Lady of Good Counsel and Our Lady of Monte Berico with Father James Peak
6 p.m. Closing
Closing Prayer: Illuminated Rosary in honor of Our Lady of Good Counsel with Kristen Foss, MCCW Forum 2020 Liturgist
The Military Council of Catholic Women-MCCW Worldwide
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I participate?
Each of the events will be streamed on one of MCCW’s two Facebook channels. Be sure you don’t miss a thing by following us at The Military Council of Catholic Women-MCCW Worldwide and by joining our closed group MCCW-Worldwide Community. And we will be saving the events there so that you can watch anything you miss later!
When does it start?
The Day of Reflection will begin at noon eastern with a live streamed Mass celebrated by our Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio. We hope that you and your family will consider making this your Sunday Mass and join us wherever you may be!
How will I know when the other events begin?
Each event will begin on the hour and will last no more than 15 to 30 minutes. Check out the full schedule below for more details.
How can I get my CWOC or chapel involved?
Consider hosting Watch Parties for the events on your CWOC or chapel Facebook pages. Then host Zoom or other web-based discussions with your groups after the events to out-process what you learned.
I live in the Asian Region and this is the middle of the night for me. What should I do?
Our amazing Asian Regional Team will be repackaging the whole retreat for the Asian Region on Monday, April 25. Watch your regional page for more details.
I’m not on Facebook. Is there a way for me to participate?
The opening Mass and the final devotion, an Illuminated Rosary, will both be shared on www.MCCW.org after the event. We anticipate that the Mass will be posted on Sunday afternoon so you will still be able to view it on Sunday.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D.
Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio was born in 1951 in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He attended Catholic schools in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Classics at Boston College, an S.T.B. in Theology and a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome.
Archbishop Broglio was ordained to the priesthood (for the diocese of Cleveland) on 19 May 1977 in the Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of the North American College, Rome.
From 1977 to 1979 he served as associate pastor, St. Margaret Mary Parish, South Euclid, and lectured in Theology at Notre Dame College, South Euclid. From 1979 to 1983 Archbishop Broglio attended the Pontifical Ecclesiastical Academy.
The Archbishop served as Secretary of the Apostolic Nunciature in Abidjan, Ivory Coast (1983-1987) and of the Apostolic Nunciature in Asuncion, Paraguay (1987-1990). From 1990 to 2001 Archbishop Broglio served as Chief of Cabinet to Angelo Cardinal Sodano, Secretary of State to Saint Pope John Paul II and desk officer for Central America.
In February 2001 the Archbishop was named Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic and Apostolic Delegate to Puerto Rico. The Archbishop was ordained as an Archbishop by His Holiness St. John Paul II on 19 March 2001.
On 19 November 2007 Archbishop Broglio was named the fourth Archbishop of the Military Services USA, and installed 25 January 2008, the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul.
As a member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Archbishop currently serves as Secretary of the Conference and is a member of the Administrative Committee. In the past he has served as Chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace; Chairman of the Canonical Affairs and Church Governance Committee and of the Task Force for the 2013 Special Assembly and was a member of the Committees on Canon Law and Church Governance, for Religious Freedom, and International Justice and Peace, and the Subcommittees for the Defense of Marriage and Health Care.
He is a Trustee and the Chancellor of Catholic Distance University, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Catholic Bioethics Center, and is Chairman of the Communications Committee for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
He served as a member of the Board of Directors of CRS from 2009 to 2011, and again from 2018 to the present.
The Archbishop’s honors include Commander of the National Order of Côte d’Ivoire; Commander of the Order of the Polar Star, Sweden; Gran Cross with Silver Badge of the Order of Sánchez, Duarte and Mella, Dominican Republic; Grand Officer of the Order of Bernardo O’Higgins of Chile; Commander of the Order of Antonio Jose de Irisarri of Guatemala; Grand Cross of the Order of the Libertador San Martin of Argentina; Officer of the Orden de Mayo, Argentina; Commander of the Italian Republic; Knight Commander of the Holy Sepulchre with star; Honorary Conventual Chaplain of the Order of Malta; Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael of the Wing; Grand Officer of the Order of Sts. Maurice and Lazarus; Knight Grand Cross of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St. George.
Archbishop Broglio is fluent in English, Italian, Spanish and French.
Alexandra Sullivan is a 30-something Catholic woman, living with a witty husband (he helps to balance her overly serious, introverted personality) and their three children in the Archdiocese of NY. A cradle Catholic,she spent most of her years trying to fill the God-sized hole in her heart with everything but God, until His Grace broke it open. By sharing her personal stories,she hopes to inspire others to discover that there is something more for all of us than the world tells us. Through her blog, she is a hopeful sower, spreading little seeds of Truth and Love, showing the world that Jesus is knocking on our hearts and waiting to be let in. You can also follow Alexandra on Facebook.
She also co-hosts a podcast called, “Raising Saints: Helping Kids Hear God’s Voice.” Alongside her co-host, Fr. Michael Connolly, a priest of the Archdiocese of NY, they answer kids’ questions about God, faith and the Church. They can be found on all major podcast apps.
Lynda MacFarland was an Army wife for 34 years. She and her husband, Sean, are the proud parents of a daughter, Maggie, and a son, Philip, both of whom are married. Maggie and her Soldier husband Jeremy have three adorable children; Philip’s wife, Danielle, is due to deliver their first baby, a son, in July! Currently, both are serving in the Army, as well.
Some of Lynda’s interests include writing, reading, and singing, and most importantly encouraging others in their spiritual lives. She thoroughly enjoyed her 34 years working for Army families as a ‘professional volunteer!’
She is currently studying to earn a Master of Theological Studies from the Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego. As an active member of the Military Council of Catholic Women starting in the late 1990’s through their last Forum in 2018, Lynda participated in many faith and Bible studies, served as the Liturgy Coordinator for two World Wide conferences in 2008 and 2010, has spoken/led retreats on various spiritual topics at MCCW conferences and at various Military chapels, and has taught many faith formation classes from pre-Kindergarten to Confirmation and RCIA classes.
As the US Military Coordinator for Mothers Prayers, an international, ecumenical movement for women, a position she held for 20 years, Lynda presented many Mothers Prayers services at conferences, and also facilitated countless more services at several US Military faith communities, either personally or by training other moms to facilitate at their chapels.
Lynda is currently living in San Diego, California as Sean retired from the Army in 2018 after 37 years of faithful service. It was a distinct privilege for Lynda and Sean to have been blessed with the responsibility that God entrusted them: caring for and serving with Army families for many years.
Lynda loves Jesus and her fondest desire is to encourage others in their faith journey toward Home. She prays often that the things she does will glorify God and advance His Kingdom.
She is the author of one book (so far!), Drowning In Lemonade – Reflections of an Army Wife. The book addresses the role her faith has had in dealing with the challenges of living an Army life. Lynda’s reflections can be found on her blog.
Father Luke Goymour, MA, STB
Father Luke is an English Catholic priest who was ordained in 2010 for the Diocese of East Anglia. He is pastor of the Parish of Brandon and Mildenhall on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and serves as chaplain to the diocesan youth service. He comes from a family of artists and has been a student of Christian iconography for over 15 years. As a priest, he is particularly interested in how the beauty of God approaches us through the beauty of the liturgy and, specifically, the liturgical art of the icon. Father Luke has run numerous workshops on art and faith in schools and colleges and he is also a member of the British Association of Iconographers.
Father Nicolas Reid
Fr Nicolas is a United States Air Force Chaplain endorsed by the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA. He is a priest of the Diocese of Jefferson City and has been on active duty for five years. Currently assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, Alaska, he is looking forward to his upcoming one year tour as a student resident in Clinical Pastoral Education in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, Fr. Nicolas enjoys being an uncle five times over, watching Notre Dame football when they are winning, and catching up with friends and family as much as possible. He has received a BA in Liberal Arts from Conception Seminary College, an MA in Historical Theology from Saint Louis University and an MDiv from the Catholic University of America. This June, Fr Nicolas will celebrate his nine-year anniversary of ordination to the priesthood of Jesus Christ.
Father James Peak
Father James Peak was born in Alaska and raised in a small logging town of 30 people in the mountains of northern Idaho. After graduating from high school, Father James attended Gonzaga University and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Biology and Religious Studies.
He then served eight years in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps as an environmental scientist in Germany, Egypt, and locations throughout the United States. Father James then entered into formal seminary discernment with the Diocese of Spokane and was sent to the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
After receiving a Bachelor’s in Sacred Theology and a Master’s in Spirituality at the Pontifical University of Saint Thomas Aquinas (a.k.a. the Angelicum), he was ordained to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ on June 29th, 2007.
He then served for two years as a parochial vicar in a parish, after which his bishop asked him to return to active duty. He has since then served at Fort Campbell, Fort Wainwright, Vicenza (Italy), eastern Afghanistan, and Carlisle Barracks.
Kristen Foss is the MCCW Forum 2020 Liturgist. A longtime Navy spouse, Kristen has been involved in MCCW for more than nine years. She has held leadership roles at the CWOC, Regional, and Worldwide levels. She says that MCCW has allowed her to connect with other Catholic military women and share their faith and ideas about thriving as an active duty military family in ways she didn’t know were possible. Kristen and her family are currently stationed at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.