For the first time in MCCW history, we have been forced to cancel our biennial Forum event. COVID-19 has proven to be a bigger challenge to contain than first thought. Our hopes of being able to execute this event have come to a halt.
There were three key questions that the board needed to discuss as we looked at the re-scheduled Forum event in November.
- Do we feel like we can plan a quality event given COVID-19 restrictions, or any others, that are/may be in place in November?
- Are we willing to assume the risks (financial/health/safety) of moving forward with an event at this time?
- Do we feel confident that women will attend the event given the various restrictions that are/may be in place in November, to include mandatory quarantine in their home locations at the conclusion of Forum?
While I believe that a quality event could still have happened, given some of the changes our host facility and speakers were willing to make, there were just too many other unknown variables. Texas has placed some specific restrictions on large gatherings that had a direct effect on our ability to celebrate daily mass within any of the three beautiful churches we were planning to use. From a safety perspective, the health of our attendees would be in jeopardy and that was a risk we were unwilling to take. With each state enacting its own rules regarding quarantine upon entering its borders, we recognized that a mandatory quarantine upon return from Forum would also disrupt the family dynamic for many of the attendees.
Throughout this entire process, I have leaned on a popular bible verse: Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you – plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope.”
I trusted in God’s plan for Forum from the beginning and prayed that the things we were planning would bring glory and honor to Christ and the MCCW mission to connect, unite and inspire Catholic military-affiliated women around the world. If the past two years has reinforced anything, it is that God’s timing is perfect. And, while I am disappointed that we will not be able to meet this year (because that’s the only time I get to see some of you), I trust that what we did here is not in vain.
There is a purpose to what we have spent the past two years doing. Although we may not see the fruit of it now, it was all for the glory of God in the end. I truly feel that when we are aligned towards the will of God, we appreciate God’s plan. We may not like it or understand it, but it does make the pill a bit easier to swallow.
Peace and Aloha,
Director of Forum 2020
Being Christ’s Love in Everyday Life
700 North Sunnyside Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024
October 27-29, 2017
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This is going to be a retreat not just for the body but also the soul. With multiple priests confession will be available and Mass said every day. All of the meals are provided and the rooms are PRIVATE! We can’t wait to see all of your beautiful faces this October! Father Tyson Wood will be our Priest and one of our wonderful speakers! Also Lisa Hendey from www.catholicmom.com will be our keynote speaker on Saturday!
Surrender to the Holy Spirit (download flyer)
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
Nov. 2-5, 2017
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There are scholarships available for this 4 day, 3 night incredible event. Please contact our Asia Coordinator for more information!
To attend you do not have to be a leader in your community, involved with CWOC or even Catholic. You just need to be open to learning about the faith and be affiliated with the military (all branches-active, guard, reserve, dependent, retired, DoDDS etc.). Lap/nursing children are also welcome and husbands, especially to assist in care of lap/nursing children.
This 3 night, 4-day retreat will be held on beautiful serene grounds of the Education Center of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Suji-gu, Yongin-si, about forty-five minutes from USAG Yongsan, Osan and Camp Humpreys. Transportation is being coordinated and public transportation is available from Yongsan and Incheon International Airport.
The weekend will focus on developing a relationship and understanding of the Holy Spirit and working to surrender our burdens and gifts to the Lord. You can look forward to spending your time retreating in reflection and meditation through Adoration, Confession, Daily Mass, and many forms of personal and group prayer. You will have an opportunity to hear and participate in talks with MCCW World-Wide Leadership and acclaimed guest speakers. There will also be time for relaxation, fellowship and even a wine tasting event.
Catherine and Dave DiNuzzo will be flying to join us! Catherine is a Licensed Professional Counselor offering traditional counseling from a Catholic perspective, in a virtual format. She has been in private practice since 2010, serving clients both domestically and internationally, with clientele spanning the globe, covering 5 continents.
Dave is a Theology professor and Strength Coach at a Catholic High School and has operated TrueManhood Men’s Ministry since 2007. Over the past 15 years, he has ministered to children, teens, college students, young adults, and adults from the ages of 8 to 92. Ministerial opportunities have allowed Dave to speak in 24 states, including large national conferences, prestigious universities, and at national retreats.
We will also have the opportunity to partake in a Pietra Fitness Experience.
Come join the ladies of MCCW for this amazing event.
Also PTDY is available for AD. For AF members info under AFI 36-3003 Table 4.5 Rule 11. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact our Asia Coordinator if you seek help with these details or coordinating this.