European Regional Retreat 2020

Registration Now Open!

Embracing Sainthood

Sanctuary of Divine Mercy
Siostry Faustyny 3, 30-608 Kraków, Poland
October 22-25, 2020

“Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in Heaven.”  Matthew 5:12

Sisters in Christ,

Greetings!

We are so excited to invite you to the MCCW European Regional Retreat: Embracing Sainthood. This 3-night, 4-day retreat will be held at the beautiful Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland. We look forward to leaving behind the distractions of life and experiencing God’s precious grace together. You can expect to spend time in reflection and meditation through adoration, confession, mass, spiritual direction, and many forms of personal and group prayer. You will hear and participate in talks with some wonderful AMS clergy, MCCW-Worldwide leadership, and guest speakers. We are thrilled to have as a very special guest speaker, Michaelann Martin.

We hope you can make it!

Jennifer Brennan & Kitty Eisenbeil MCCW – European Team

Register and purchase tickets on EventBrite.

Guest Speakers

Michaelann Martin

Michaelann is married to Curtis Martin and they have been working with young people and college students for over twenty years with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, FOCUS, the organization, committed to expanding the new evangelization on college and university campuses.  Michaelann studied Psychology and Business, obtaining a Bachelor of Arts in 1988 and continued her education by receiving a Master of Education in 1989 from Pepperdine University.   She works alongside Curtis in FOCUS as the Director of Women’s Formation.  She very much enjoys working with the missionaries and wives involved with FOCUS, as well as mentoring women of all ages who want to learn about living our faith in the new evangelization. 

Curtis and Michaelann have tried to keep their faith and family as top priorities and in so doing have written a few studies for personal or group reflection and discussion, Family Matters, and Michaelann has written, Catholic Parent Book of Feast, Celebrating the Liturgical Year in the Family, Woman of Grace, A Bible Study for married women as well, and the newly released mother- daughter study, Girls Night Out: Having fun with Your Daughter while Raising a woman of God.

Curtis and Michaelann have been married for 31 years, they have nine children and five grandchildren so far… They currently reside in Colorado.

Bishop William Muhm

Bishop William (Bill) Muhm, son of the late James and Anne Muhm, was born in Billings, MT, in 1957 and raised in Denver, CO. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Business Administration from Colorado State University in 1980. He attended Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, RI, and was commissioned an Ensign in the Navy Supply Corps in July 1981. After graduating from Navy Supply Corps School, he served aboard USS BELLEAU WOOD (LHA-3), making two Western Pacific (WESTPAC) deployments, and an assignment to the Naval Air Engineering Station in Lakehurst, NJ. After release from active duty, he worked as an accountant. From 1986-1989, he also served as a Navy Reserve Supply Corps Officer.

In 1989, Bishop Muhm entered the minor seminary for the Archdiocese of New York, under the Co-Sponsored Seminarian Program (CSP), a vocations partnership between the AMS and participating U.S. dioceses and religious communities. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in Yonkers, NY, and was ordained a priest in 1995 by John Cardinal O’Connor. Father Muhm served in the Archdiocese of New York at parishes in Ossining and Staten Island. From 1996 to 1998, he served as a Navy Reserve Chaplain with Fleet Hospital 22.

In 1998, Bishop Muhm returned to active duty as a Navy chaplain. His assignments included Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan; USS WASP (LHD-1), making an extended post-9/11 deployment in the Arabian Sea; postgraduate studies at Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, CA; Training Support Center Great Lakes, IL; 1st Marine Division, deploying to Anbar Province, Iraq; U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD; USS BONHOMME RICHARD (LHD-6)/CTF-76, home ported in Sasebo, Japan; 2nd Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, NC; and II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune. Father Muhm retired from the Navy on May 1, 2018 with the rank of Navy Captain.

Bishop Muhm’s military awards include the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, Navy Commendation Medal with gold star, and Navy Achievement Medalwith gold star, and Fleet Marine Force Officer Qualification.

With permission from Cardinal Dolan, Bishop Muhm enjoyed a sabbatical from May 1 to December 1, 2018. The sabbatical included a 30-day Jesuit retreat, a cross-country road trip to visit family and friends, walking 787 kilometers of the Camino of Santiago de Compostela with two priest friends and one seminarian friend, and six weeks at the Institute for Continuing Theological Education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Bishop Muhm served as Administrator of Most Precious Blood Parish in Walden, NY, from December 1, 2018 to February 28, 2019.

Eligibility

If you are a female, 18 and older, AND affiliated with the military (all branches-active, guard, reserve, dependent, retired, DoDEA, contractor) – we would be honored to have you attend this retreat! Please note: You do not need to be a leader in your community, involved in a CWOC or even Catholic – just respectful and open to learning. We have women who attend from installations where there is not an active CWOC and we would be happy to have you!  We are hoping for representation from across the European region!

How to Register

All registrations must be completed on Eventbrite. Please keep in mind:

All sales will close on Sept 15, 2020.

All payments need to be received by Oct 1, 2020.

Space is limited, so please make your reservations as soon as possible.

Attendance Options

We highly encourage you to “retreat” and spend your time for four days at the retreat center. As we realize this time frame and the overnight option are not possible for everyone, we have included a daytripper price for those who cannot spend the night. It includes meals during the retreat, but not lodging. The add-on pilgrimage day requires advance registration and space is limited.  It includes an extra night of lodging, but meals that day are on your own.

Costs for all options are listed below.

Cost of Attendance

Due to the nature of our ordering platform, you will select only one ticket option that includes both Registration & Room/Board. The breakdown is below.

The registration fee is a non-refundable per person fee paid through Eventbrite before September 15.  This covers the facility, retreat materials, hospitality rooms, and on-site chapel plus your lodging and meals.

Lodging and attendance options vary. Each rate includes all meals as well as coffee/tea breaks:

-$295: All-Inclusive Double Room (Shared room/two-person occupancy)  with lodging for 4 days, 3 nights, eight meals beginning with dinner on October 22, and concluding with breakfast on October 25.

-$55: Mini Pilgrimage including the “Walk in the Shoes of JPII” extra day excursion. (Note: includes one extra night’s stay at the retreat house but extra meals are up to each individual or group).

-$195: Day Tripper multi-day pass over the course of four days includes lunch and dinner but no lodging or breakfast.

-$222: Priest Subsidy includes lodging for 4 days, 3 nights, and eight meals beginning with dinner on October 22 and concluding with breakfast on October 25.

All rooms are double occupancy. There are no single rooms available. Each room contains two single beds, linens, towels, a sitting table, and a wardrobe. All rooms have en-suite toilet and shower. There are no infant/children’s cots available.

Note: ALL payments will be by Eventbrite or check. NO PAYPAL.

Please indicate on your registration if you have any food allergies and see the question below about allergies for more details.

Paying for Registration

  • Please determine if your chapel is paying any portion of your retreat registration fees BEFORE you process a personal payment. If any portion of your registration will be paid with chapel funds, please select the “INVOICE” payment option. NO REFUNDS to personal credit cards will be issued after payment has been made.

If your Chapel is paying, the Chapel POC needs to email the MCCW Finance Team at registrar@nullmccw.org to advise the following and request an invoice:

  • Chapel Name (Base/Post)
  • POC: Parish Coordinator and/or CWOC President or Chapel Funds Manager (Please include emails and/or phone numbers.)
  • Funds Manager or Religious Support Personnel who will handle payment name, email, and phone number
  • Names of registrants receiving a subsidy and the amount each attendee is receiving

Once this information is received an invoice will be emailed back.

Registration Options:

When completing online registration make one of the following payment selections:

  1. Choose ONLINE at Eventbrite via CC (small transaction fee applies)
  2. Choose MAIL-IN and send your check, notated with “European Retreat Registration” in the memo line, to:

MCCW, Inc. PO Box 4456 Washington DC 20017-9997 3. Choose INVOICE if your chapel is paying any or all of the registration.

See additional information in the notes above.

All payments must be made via Eventbrite or check.

Chapels must communicate with their attendees the amount to be subsidized Chapels, the POC sends the email to registrar@nullmccw.org and the ladies register using the invoice ticket. Once the invoice is sent, the chapel pays the registrar via EFT, Check, or CC (using GPC ticket). The remaining balance can then be paid by sending in a check or can go online to pay the remaining balance.

Chapel GPC Payments: for Chapel Funds Manager use only after an invoice has been issued. The invoice provides them 3 ways to pay: EFT, Check, or credit card (with a fee via Eventbrite Chapel GPC Payment ticket).

Individual Pay Balance Due After Subsidy: Registrants who have a remaining balance after the chapel subsidy. Women are able to pay their remaining balance via CC with fees instead of mailing a checkout.

Lodging

All rooms include an en-suite sink, shower, and toilet.  Blankets, sheets, and towels will be provided. The rooms are standard European hotel rooms. If you have a preference for a roommate, all attendees should request their preferred group at the time of registration.  

Bring personal items, soap, hygiene items, spiritual items (rosary, bible, veil/pashmina), comfortable clothing, and any additional comfort items. It is recommended that you bring a converter or otherwise appropriate outlet to charge any devices you may bring with you. Outlets are standard 2-prong European outlets and American appliances that are not dual voltage should not be brought to the retreat site.

Please consider bringing cash/checks as there will be items available for purchase and daily mass offerings taken during the retreat, as well as the CWOC basket auction for Seminarians. There is an ATM at the site.

About the Retreat Center

Guest rooms in the House of St. Faustina are in the monastery building of the Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, in the place where she once lived and worked on the gate of St. Sister Faustina. There she had many revelations, including she met Jesus who came in the form of a poor young man. In the House of St. Faustina one can take advantage of accommodation for organized groups of pilgrims as well as individuals.

Restaurant in the “House of St. Sisters of Faustina “at the bus parking are run by sisters from the Congregation of Our Lady of Mercy, who offer home-made buffet lunches, breakfasts, dinners, homemade desserts, ice cream, and waffles. They also support organized groups (up to 300 people). You can pre-book meals and all at attractive prices.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Off-site Pilgrimage

Please note that space is limited to the first 60 women who sign up for the All-Inclusive + Mini Pilgrimage registration option.  The extra $55 cost is included in the pricing above and covers the extra night of lodging.  We will be visiting many of the sites special to Saint John Paul II from his early childhood to his days as Pope.  We will start at the Family House of the Holy Father John Paul II Museum in Wadowice and visit the church where he was baptized as a child.  We will return to Krakow for a walking tour visiting sites such as the seminary where he studied, the church where he was ordained and the Pope’s window.  As a special treat, we will enjoy a taste of kremówka papieska –pope’s cake. Save your spot early and don’t miss out on this special extra day together. Remember, an extra night of lodging is included in the price, but additional meals are not.

Transportation

The retreat site is easily accessible by car and limited parking is available. The nearest airport is Krakow International. There is a nearby metro stop with a short uphill walk.

Are Children Welcome?

We cannot accommodate babies at the retreat site. Nursing infants under 12 months may attend in arms, provided they do not distract from the quiet nature and respect for the religious sisters that reside in the area. Babies older than 12 months may not attend. Baby cots/cribs are not available.

Food Options

Meals include one dinner meal on Thursday, three meals on Friday and Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. There will also be coffee/tea breaks.  Please note we expect to have a formal banquet on Saturday evening. Worldwide team members and volunteers may arrange their own meals outside those listed above.

Does the venue have the ability to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions?

Yes. However, retreatants must communicate their allergy/dietary needs directly with the venue staff before each meal. Worldwide team members and volunteers may arrange their own meals outside those listed above.

Refunds

Registration is complete when payment is received. Tickets are not refundable. However, we do understand unexpected situations occur. You are able to transfer your ticket (registration) to another woman. Please find a replacement and contact the registrar. If you are unable to find a replacement through your chapel, you can contact the registrar for assistance in finding someone outside of your chapel.

*Please Note* If you’ve used a chapel subsidy, you may not transfer your registration to a woman from a different chapel.

Recommended Attire

Please dress comfortably but respect for the spiritual nature of the retreat weekend. It is chilly in the fall.  Anticipate mid 40-50• Fahrenheit. You will need semi-formal attire for the formal banquet dinner on Saturday evening. There will be early morning prayer times offered, so you may like to bring something comfortable to wake-up in.

Please be mindful that this is a convent and a basilica. They expect the same dress code as churches throughout Europe: No bare shoulders, if you wear leggings please wear a long tunic or dress with them, and no shorts.

Discernment

We will have discernment for the MCCW European regional board. Here is a link of available positions and a contact sheet for you to review. More information will be provided to attendees before and during the retreat regarding discernment and open positions. Currently, the Regional Coordinator and Liturgist positions will be discerned at the retreat.

More Information 

Have a question or need to talk? Please email Jennifer Brennan at europeancomms@nullmccw.org.

Summer Book Club: Week Two Links Now Live

Join us as we discuss how to reinvigorate your women’s ministry after social isolation due to COVID-19. One of the biggest issues currently facing our chapel groups is re-launching after extended social distancing and loss of momentum. Let’s re-build better, taking the time to strategize how to refresh our ministries, strengthen personal connections, and improve outreach.

The MCCW Summer Book Club study launches next week on Sunday, June 28, so be sure to order your book now.  Use coupon code “MCCWBOOK”  to receive 25% off your order at avemariapress.com.

Our lineup will include weekly video releases from the author followed by open Zoom Q&A on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. EST.  All content will be published to Facebook.  The weekly video presentations will be posted to the public MCCW Facebook page, our website, and the MCCW YouTube channel.  We encourage you to share these videos within your groups and with your Catholic military friends.  

The Wednesday weekly discussions will be hosted live on Zoom and shared with our private MCCW Facebook group.  In order to participate, you will need a Zoom account or you can view the discussion without participating by joining our Facebook group.  We also ask that chapel groups and leaders consider hosting watch parties on Facebook for anyone within your group. Due to technology platform limitations, the discussion with Q&A will not be available on YouTube or our website.  We apologize for any inconvenience. 

Links to the weekly discussion guides provided by author Elizabeth Tomlin will be available on our website and social media on Wednesdays after the Zoom Q&A for the week ahead.  The info for week 1 will release on June 24, 2020.

If you have any questions please contact Nancy Belmont, Director of Faith Formation via email.  

 

All About Forum

By Aly Tugaoen, Director of Forum

Aloha from beautiful Hawaii!

The MCCW board and the Forum planning team have been prayerfully planning Forum 2020 and are so excited to share our plans with you in this special issue of The Well!  

Our mission has been to create an experience that will connect you to the resources that MCCW offers; to unite you with new friends while reuniting you with friends from the past; and to inspire you to fully live your Catholic faith no matter your duty location or place within your personal faith journey.  

We look forward to leaving behind the distractions of our everyday lives, if only for a short time, to renew our FIAT to Christ’s Church.  While we modeled the theme of this year’s event on Mary’s Fiat to the Angel Gabriel in Luke 1:38, the church is filled with countless examples of saints who repeatedly said “yes” to the Lord, apostles who were martyred for their faith, and the inspirational causes for the canonization of everyday military servants of the Lord in Chaplain Emil Kapaun and Chaplain Vincent Capodanno. 

Our FIAT to Christ is not a “one and done.”   It is a choice we make each day, sometimes each hour, to live our lives as Catholic women in this world but not of this world.  I sincerely hope that this time with your fellow Sisters in Christ, our keynote speakers, and with our beloved AMS priests and seminarians will leave you refreshed and eager to continue serving in your vocation as wives, mothers and/or service members, and as members of your chapel groups worldwide. 

Read on for highlights about the Forum location, schedule, registration, and more. 

See you in San Antonio!

Location Highlights

Forum 2020 will be held at the beautiful Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in military and Catholic history. Located at 889 E. Market St., the hotel is steps from the famed Riverwalk, where attendees will have opportunities for dining and shopping. During the weekend, we will worship in three historic churches in downtown San Antonio — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, San Fernando Cathedral, and St. Mary’s Catholic Church. We will also have a front-row seat for San Antonio’s biggest annual celebration, Fiesta.

Schedule Highlights*

Here’s a sneak peek at what we have in store for you at Forum 2020:

Thursday, November 5
Friday, November 6
Saturday, November 7
Sunday, November 8
  • Closing Mass at St. Mary’s 
  • Installation of new MCCW board members
  • Forum will close at 10 a.m. 

We don’t want you to miss even one minute of the fun, formation, and fellowship. For departing air travel we recommend not booking flights before 1 p.m. on Sunday.

*Schedule subject to minor changes

Meals  

Here’s the scoop on meals during Forum:

Breakfast

With the exception of Sunday morning, all breakfast times are on your own.  We know some love a good hearty breakfast, while some just prefer a cup of coffee to get the day going.  Breakfast times are meant for you to do what works best for you and there are several dining options in and around the hotel that will accommodate all breakfast tastes. On Sunday morning, we will have a hearty sack breakfast option, complete with hot breakfast sandwiches. 

Lunch

All lunchtimes are also on your own. To allow you time to enjoy all that the Riverwalk has to offer and not feel rushed by Fiesta visitors, we have allotted extra time for lunch each day. Upon checking-in at Forum, you will receive a list of dining options in the vicinity that range from sit-down restaurants to quick self-service/fast food locations. The delicious hotel restaurant offers you one more convenient option. 

Snacks and Coffee Break

On the opening night of Forum, light refreshments will be available in our hospitality suite. We hope you will stop by to enjoy a snack and a chance to connect and reunite with old friends and new. 

Dinner

Thursday and Friday night dinners will be a great opportunity for you to explore the many dining options available on the Riverwalk and in downtown San Antonio. Because it is Fiesta time, we encourage you to gather up your friends and make advance dining reservations. We will also have opportunities to sign up for group meals (pay-as-you-go) pre-reserved by MCCW. On Saturday night, we will provide our traditional three-course banquet dinner on our final night together.  

Registration

The two-step Forum registration process will reopen June 22. To begin registration, visit our website and follow the links to EventBrite. You will use EventBrite to purchase your Forum tickets. Be sure to know if you will be paying or if your chapel will be subsidizing your Forum attendance before you begin registration and be careful to read all the online information for further instructions. 

Hotel reservations for Forum are separate from the purchase of your Forum tickets.  All attendees must make their reservations directly with the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk.  

Reservations can be made by phone under the room block “MCCW Forum.” An even easier way to reserve your room for Forum is to go directly to our event page on the hotel’s website.  

The room block includes rooms with double beds. The room rate for all room types is $209 per night plus all applicable room fees and taxes. This rate is available for three nights before and after Forum. The cutoff for booking under the room block is October 15, 2020. 

Internet Access

The Marriott Riverwalk has complimentary internet available to Marriott Bonvoy members. Bonvoy is a free rewards program, so don’t forget to sign up and bring your number to Forum.

The MCCW board looks forward to welcoming all of you to San Antonio in November 2020.

 

Come– Let’s Worship Together

As we continue to gather momentum for the Worldwide Forum 2020, I wanted to share with you information about the three Catholic churches we will be utilizing during our time together and to share with all of you a few other places of Catholic interest.

The first church is St. Joseph’s. It is a multi-cultural parish with a distinctly German flair. One example is their Stations of the Cross. Each station’s description is written in both English and German. This beautiful church is a quick 3-minute walk from our Forum hotel.

St. Joseph’s Catholic Parish:
623 East Commerce Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Website: https://stjsa.org/

The next site is the San Fernando Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of San Antonio.  The cathedral has three patron saints: The Virgin of Candelaria, the Virgin of Guadalupe, and San Fernando. Founded in 1731, it is the oldest, continuously functioning religious community in the State of Texas and has the added distinction of being the oldest standing church building in Texas

The San Fernando Cathedral
Address: 115 Main Plaza, San Antonio, TX 78205
Website: https://sfcathedral.org/

The final church is St. Mary’s. It is the second oldest church in San Antonio after San Fernando Cathedral and is dedicated to the Immaculate Conception. It has been a beacon for the downtown community for almost 100 years. Its ornate décor is truly a visual inspiration. This stunning church is a short 12-minute walk from our Forum hotel.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church
202 North St. Mary’s Street, San Antonio, Tx 78205-2397
Website: http://www.stmarys-sa.com/

There are a few other Catholic places of interest In the local San Antonio area you may want to visit. While we will not be officially visiting them during Forum, they are amazing places to add to your bucket list.

  • The Oblate Grotto and Shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe
    • Address: 5712 Blanco Rd, San Antonio, TX 78216
    • Website: https://www.oblatemissions.org/
    • This grotto is considered to have the most accurate replica of the original shrine in Lourdes. There is also a replica of Tepeyac Hill in Mexico where Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego as Our Lady of Guadalupe.
  • Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower
    • Address: 1715 N Zarzamora, San Antonio, TX 78201
    • Website: https://littleflowerbasilica.org/
    • The Basilica was built during the Great Depression, following the 1925 canonization of St. Thérèse and was designated a Minor Basilica of the Catholic Church in 1998.

On the Road to Forum 2020

Dear Sisters in Christ,

Forum 2020. Those words mean something completely different to me now than they did in the early days of 2020. In the early part of this year, we were putting the finishing touches on our April event, planning the transition and continuity for our board changes, and looking forward to spending a fun and faith-filled spring weekend with our Sisters in Christ. 

Just a few short months later, Forum 2020 looks and feels very different through the lens of our shared experiences of pandemic, protest, and the “new normal.” 

What hasn’t changed though is our commitment to connecting, uniting, and inspiring each of you at Forum 2020. Yes, it will be happening seven months later than we thought. Yes, we will be putting all the health lessons we have learned in place to ensure our attendees are comfortable and safe. Yes, we will miss those faithful women who had planned to attend in April, but now can’t join us. 

But, we will celebrate coming together in our shared faith. We will celebrate the opportunity to gather in worship — something so many of us have missed in these long months! We will celebrate being together in worship, formation, and fellowship. 

Our Board and Forum team have been hard at work updating our plans and I can tell you that Forum 2020 is going to be amazing. Read on for new details and reminders that will help get you on the road to San Antonio.

Yours in Christ,

Kim 

God Is So Good

WOW!  God is so good!  

We have a rescheduled date for our 2020 Forum in San Antonio. Our hotel has graciously worked with us to find an available date that would accommodate our program.  So, (drum roll, please) mark your calendars for November!  We will open Forum 2020 on Thursday, November 5 to connect, unite, and inspire each other through Sunday, November 8.  Ironically, our rescheduled dates still coincide with the rescheduled city-wide Fiesta activities, so I guess God really wants us to be a “visible presence of Christ” over this time period, in this city.  

Now that the new dates are set, the Forum team has already started contacting our attendees, keynote speakers, vendors, and the AMS to re-solidify our commitments so that they align with the date change.  We are moving full speed ahead with a renewed sense of purpose and complete joy.  

We are happy to report that Jennifer Fulwiler will still be joining us in addition to another dynamic speaker I am excited to announce in the coming weeks. 

 The change in dates has also allowed Forum attendees to use a third church in the hotel’s vicinity for our Mass, adoration, and reconciliation services.  What a blessing to have the opportunity to worship in three different churches all within walking distance.  

Our theme for this year’s event will continue to be FIAT.  It is taken from Luke 1:38.  Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.  My prayer is that you will give your FIAT to attend this year’s event. 

There are not enough ways to express my gratitude to the MCCW Board of Directors and our President, Kim Miller, for their prompt, thoughtful, meaningful, Christ-centered, discussions on how to move through the issue of Forum during the spread of the pandemic. I am truly the one who is blessed to be a servant leader with all of you.  

If you have any questions about Forum itself or the new dates, please contact me at the email address below and I will be happy to answer them. 

Peace and Aloha!

Aly Tugaoen
Director of Forum 2020
Military Council of Catholic Women – Worldwide
Email:  forum@nullmccw.org

 

Pray For Our Seminarians

Updated Forum 2020 Highlights

Location Highlights

Forum 2020 will be held at the beautiful Marriott Riverwalk in San Antonio, Texas, a city rich in military and Catholic history. Located at 889 E. Market St., the hotel is steps from the famed Riverwalk, where attendees will have opportunities for dining and shopping. During the weekend, we will worship in three historic churches in downtown San Antonio — St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and a third location being announced in July 2020. We will also have a front-row seat for San Antonio’s biggest annual celebration, Fiesta.

Schedule Highlights*

Here’s a sneak peek at what we have in store for you at Forum 2020:

Thursday, November 5
Friday, November 6
  • Daily Mass at St. Joseph’s
  • Special guest speaker: AMS co-sponsored seminarian
  • Two exciting keynote addresses
  • Regional breakout sessions
  • MCCW signature program: Illuminated Rosary
  • Dinner on your own at San Antonio’s Riverwalk 
Saturday, November 7
Sunday, November 8
  • Closing Mass at St. Mary’s 
  • Installation of new MCCW board members
  • Forum will close at 10 a.m.

We don’t want you to miss even one minute of the fun, formation, and fellowship. For departing air travel we recommend not booking flights before 1 p.m. on Sunday.

*Schedule subject to minor changes

Meals  

Here’s the scoop on meals during Forum:

Breakfast

With the exception of Sunday morning, all breakfast times are on your own.  We know some love a good hearty breakfast, while some just prefer a cup of coffee to get the day going.  Breakfast times are meant for you to do what works best for you and there are several dining options in and around the hotel that will accommodate all breakfast tastes. On Sunday morning, we will have a hearty sack breakfast option, complete with hot breakfast sandwiches.

Lunch

All lunchtimes are also on your own. To allow you time to enjoy all that the Riverwalk has to offer and not feel rushed by Fiesta visitors, we have allotted extra time for lunch each day. Upon checking-in at Forum, you will receive a list of dining options in the vicinity that range from sit-down restaurants to quick self-service/fast food locations. The delicious hotel restaurant offers you one more convenient option.

Snacks and Coffee Break

On the opening night of Forum, light refreshments will be served prior to our first keynote address.  During the course of the weekend, coffee and tea breaks will also be provided.

Dinner

Thursday and Friday night dinners will be a great opportunity for you to explore the many dining options available on the Riverwalk and in downtown San Antonio. Because it is Fiesta time, we encourage you to gather up your friends and make advance dining reservations. We will also have opportunities to sign up for group meals (pay-as-you-go) pre-reserved by MCCW. On Saturday night, we will provide our traditional three-course banquet dinner on our final night together.

Registration

The two-step Forum registration process will re-open June 22, 2020.

If you have never registered for this event, visit www.mccw.org and follow the links to EventBrite and use that platform to purchase your Forum tickets.

If you have already registered for Forum and the new dates will work for your schedule, no EventBrite action is required.  We will transfer your registration and payment for you.

If you still need to request a refund, be sure to let us know by completing this quick, easy refund request form.

Whether you will be paying or if your chapel will be subsidizing your Forum attendance before you begin registration, be careful to read all the online information for further instructions.

Note: Hotel reservations for Forum are separate from the purchase of your Forum tickets.  All attendees must make their reservations directly with the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk.  

Reservations can be made by phone under the room block “MCCW Forum.” An even easier way to reserve your room for Forum is to visit https://book.passkey.com/go/MCCW2020 to be taken directly to our event page on the hotel’s website.

The room block includes rooms with double beds. The room rate for all room types is $179.00 per night plus all applicable room fees and taxes. This rate is available for three nights before and after Forum. The cutoff for booking under the room block is October 15, 2020.

Internet Access

The Marriott Riverwalk has complimentary internet available to  Marriott Bonvoy members. Bonvoy is a free rewards program, so don’t forget to sign up and bring your number to Forum.

The MCCW board looks forward to welcoming all of you to San Antonio in November 2020.

Answering God’s Call to Serve: Updates on Worldwide Discernment

MCCW needs YOU. We will be filling six positions on the Worldwide Board this fall and we are praying that you will hear and answer the call to serve. Here’s everything you need to know about the discernment process: 

What positions are available? 

The positions that will be open for discernment include President, Director of Forum, Director of Finance, Director of Communications, and one Director-At-Large. Additionally, the president will be appointing a woman to fill a new position, the Director of Stewards. To read the job descriptions for each position, visit www.MCCW.org/discernment.

The stewardship position is new. What will that person do and how will it work? 

The new Director of Stewardship position will oversee the many gifts of time, talent, and treasure entrusted to MCCW. She will need to have a strong background in fundraising and grant writing. To learn more, visit www.MCCW.org/discernment.

If you feel called, competent, and committed woman to fill this position, please contact MCCW President Kim Miller at 575-914-1661 or by email at president@nullmccw.org.

What is expected of a Worldwide Board Member? 

Each person who discerns a role on the Worldwide Board is asked to serve from the time of her discernment through Forum 2022, except the Director of Stewardship, who will serve through April 2021, at which time that position will be filled by discernment. 

Some travel is required for Worldwide board members – at a minimum, you will be expected to attend an in-person board meeting once a year and to attend Forum 2022. MCCW is able to subsidize costs for travel and lodging for these events.

Board members are also expected to participate in monthly video or telephone meetings, submit monthly board reports, attend their regional retreat, and act as ambassadors of the organization during and after their service. 

When will discernment take place? 

The positions of President and Director of Forum will be filled through an in-person discernment process to be held at the rescheduled Forum. Discernment packets for those positions must be submitted no later than 5 October. 

A change in the discernment process for this year will allow women who are not able to attend Forum to discern for the positions of Director of Finance, Director of Communications, and Director-At-Large virtually. This process will take place the week of November 15,  and discernment packets for those positions must be submitted no later than 11 November. The Director of Stewardship position will be filled by appointment as soon as a called, competent and committed candidate is identified. 

How can I get more information?

To find out more about discernment please reach out to our discernment coordinator, Kelly Oliver at discernment@nullmccw.org. If you have felt that nudge to serve but have questions, or need guidance on how to complete a good personal discernment, reach out to Kelly. She is enormously gifted at guiding women through the discernment process.  You can also visit www.mccw.org/discernment to download the individual discernment packet and copies of the job descriptions. 

 

Reflections on COVID-19 and our Forum theme “FIAT”

By: Aly Tugaoen, Director of Forum

When God decided to create man in his image and likeness here on earth, he didn’t just make one kind of “man.”  He also created woman.  When God needed a vessel free from sin to carry his only begotten Son on earth, he intentionally created our Mother Mary. 

When Moses needed to be saved from death as a baby, it was his mother who placed him in the river, the Pharaoh’s daughter who found him, and a girl (his sister, Miriam) who talked the Pharaoh’s daughter into “getting a Hebrew woman” to nurse the baby, unbeknownst to her that it was Moses’s biological mother. 

Women accompanied Jesus during his time in public ministry, and it was a woman, Mary Magdalene, to whom he first appeared after the resurrection. 

What do all of these women have in common?  They gave their FIAT in each situation.  

Our theme for the 2020 Forum is FIAT, based on the Annunciation. 

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”  — Luke 1:38

Mary accepts the invitation from the angel Gabriel to be the mother of Our Lord.  The mother of Moses gave her FIAT to God when she placed her son in a basket on the river.  Miriam said yes to God by making sure she found a way to keep Moses and his mother together. And the Pharaoh’s daughter said yes when she let her heartstrings move her to save Moses, despite the very decree given by her father that all newborn males must die.  Mary Magdalene truly loved and cared for Jesus while he was alive. Her FIAT is recorded in her desire to follow proper protocols and traditions by bringing oils to the tomb, in order to anoint his body once crucified. 

While women are living a more prominent role in the 21st century, the spread of the coronavirus has forced some of us to re-examine the FIAT we give each day.  With stay-at-home orders in effect all over the country and around the world, how we interact with one another has changed. We are unable to attend Mass in our military chapels, we are missing one-on-one time with our priests for reconciliation, and in-person fellowship seems like a thing of the past. 

Dare to Have a Different Life

Actress Jean Stapleton plays the role of Birdie Conrad, a grandmotherly confidant in the movie You’ve Got Mail.  Kathleen Kelly, played by Meg Ryan, has made the decision to close her children’s bookstore and is discussing it with Birdie.  Birdie tells her that closing the store is a brave decision because she is “daring to imagine that you could have a different life.”  That line has always stayed with me.  This pandemic has forced us all to live a different life, whether we wanted to or not; but it also affords us the opportunity to re-examine our FIAT. Have you found more time for prayer?  Have you gotten to know your neighbors better because either they have kids or they live alone and need someone to check on them?  Have you reconnected with lost family and/or friends through social networking or video teleconferencing?  Perhaps you have come to notice a skill or talent in a child not previously seen.  

Give Your Fiat to God

The women of our MCCW community have taken their sewing skills and made masks for donation. Some have organized food drives to continue feeding the homeless.  Some women are creating watch parties for online Mass or cooking demonstrations. Our MCCW Regional Coordinators have been working with chapel presidents to bring our ladies together in prayer on our regional Facebook pages with the Litany of the Saints, various novenas, and guest speakers with whom to interact. All of these are beautiful examples of how our ladies around the world have given their FIAT to serve God and each other wherever they are stationed.  And when this pandemic has ended, we can use what we have learned to live a different life…a better life, having developed a closer relationship with our Savior.

While we wait for the new Forum dates to be finalized this fall, my hope is that you will continue to give your FIAT to God, whatever he is asking of you.  I pray for God’s continued blessings on our military service members and their families, for those affected by the coronavirus and their families, and for those using their God-given talents in the search for a cure.   

Easter Blessings to all!