One for the History Books

By: Eleanor Gentilini

MCCW was established in Europe in 1955 and brought to the U.S. in 1970 by women who had been stationed overseas. One of our “Founding Mothers” was Fran Kelly, whom I met at an MCCW conference in Denver in 1986 and continued to see at conferences and Forums thereafter. When she passed away several years ago at age 90, her son sent me a box of MCCW materials.  Among them was a large red Guest Book, begun in 1975 and continued through 2000, which contains the signature and military installation of each attendee, including our Chaplains and Bishops.  This is a wonderful archive of a quarter-century of our history, and we plan to renew this tradition when we meet again.