If you are planning on attending one of the remaining 2017 Regional Retreats (Western or European Regions), there is still time to place your order.
Hello to all in the MCCW community!
When I was a kid summer was always a time to relax. Visiting family and enjoying time with friends without a care in the world. It wasn’t until I had a family of my own that I realized how much work went into a carefree summer, add a PCS into the mix, and you ramp up the stress level further. My family has been traveling since mid-July and will continue around the country until school starts. I have enjoyed all my time with family and all the great places I’ve seen, but I have also loved the different churches I have had the privilege to attend during our travels. Whether it’s Mass at a huge traditional style church of 400 or a small country church of 50, they ALWAYS feel like home. All the stress and uncertainties melt away and the week ahead has unlimited promise. It has also given me the opportunity to contemplate on and share how excited I am about MCCW and the 2018 Forum with different priests and parishioners as well as continue to develop great ideas for future talks and speakers.
The 2018 Forum is coming together in ways I never even imagined. The fabulous group of ladies on our board are working beyond expectations. We are in the final stages of planning and will have all the details distributed by the first of October. The speaker list undoubtably along with the fabulous location of San Diego is sure to make an unforgettable 2018 MCCW Forum. I am looking forward to seeing you all there April 19-22.
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In the latter part of July I looked forward to and participated in our annual Family Reunion at Shadehill Lake in Northeastern South Dakota. While doing so, I “caught up” with many of the changes with my siblings and their families since the last reunion a year ago. The changes that rose to the top of noteworthiness included the fact of several siblings who had either recently become grandparents or were awaiting their first grandchild. Each, in a new way, was anxious to pass along to their next generation testimony of the abundant grace received within the family. Each, too, displayed an irreversible joy that the fruit of their love and sacrifice multiplied before their very eyes.
The Solemn Feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven gives me pause to think similarly of our Blessed Mother. Having lived a life serving the Word Made Flesh in the mystery of the Incarnation, of course Mary would rejoice to see the fruit of her love and sacrifice multiplied in the life and love of her son in Church’s next generation! As the first and most perfect disciple, (according to Father Raymond E. Brown, S.S.,) she shared the first fruit of Christ’s resurrection. She gave her all for the sake of her Son. Accordingly, how can she not participate in the raising of the next generation of believers?
To all the beloved women and spouses in the armed forces, on and near this Feast of the Assumption of Mary, may both Mary’s example and intercession spur your “yes” to make every sacrifice needed to pass along to those you love the gift of Christ’s love. She is the model and the vector of all you hope to ever become. Give another “yes” today.
Welcome to all our women who are meeting us at THE WELL on this Feast of our Blessed Mother in honor of her Assumption.
I pray everyone has arrived their duty stations and have had PCS moves that have outcomed well since we all know the stress-and sometimes surprises-we receive once we arrive and begin to make our houses the homes we need them to be.
MCCW Worldwide is happy and humbled to share the memories we have had over the last several months and to include the future forward planning that we have had resulting in a ‘spirit of collaboration’ in generating ownership, understanding and support that have led to spiritual and life changing retreats, days of reflection, leadership training and development and providing many opportunities in being an outlet and channel for grace and all will come to fruition April 2018 at the MCCW WORLDWIDE FORUM in San Diego.
We as MCCW Worldwide have felt so blessed to have been able to encounter so many of our sisters in Christ in the many regions we have visited so far and establishing relationships over our social media that I could not help myself but to share how much we have in common with our blessed mother as active duty women, military spouses and retirees. Our Blessed Mother was and currently still is a “woman of action,” much like all of us.
Mary set out and travelled to the hill country in haste, well that is exactly where we are in present time, our board has prayerfully followed the prompting of the holy spirit and has sent many of our leadership to convocations and gatherings of networks that are very instrumental in furthering the kingdom of God. MCCW Worldwide understands the importance of action and stepping out in faith and not losing momentum in bringing Christ to others especially our military catholic communities of women.
As “women of action” much like our Blessed Mother we as CWOC/MCCW women understand the continual journey, constantly by necessity on the move, rarely sitting still or staying in one place, we are missionary.
Missionary discipleship is our call at this time and ENCUENTRO (encounter) is what we are definitely doing. Mary was a missionary-the first missionary, a woman who travelled and carried Christ to the world! Hmm?? Am I describing anyone YOU know? Maybe YOU!!! She is the primary example in showing us that she met another woman, we set out in haste for our women!
All of us, like Mary, are on a journey, traveling to places and destinations we may not understand, or even enjoy for that matter, but as military women, military spouses and retirees we know this is part of our life, our mission. Missionary Disciples-“women in action” could not describe MCCW WORLDWIDE members and it’s leadership any better!
In His Service Joyfully,
MCCW President 2016-18