National Council of Catholic Women Convention 2019 Press Release

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. April 2019— Catholic women from around the nation will gather in Convention in Atlanta from August 21-24 to celebrate 99 years of service as the National Council of Catholic Women! This year’s theme, Caring for God’s Creation, will showcase NCCW’s continuing efforts to address important needs of our times with spirituality, leadership and service
Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., will be the recipient of the first Honorary Lifetime Membership Award of the National Council of Catholic Women, given to distinguished American Catholic women. As a young woman, she made her film debut with Elvis Presley in Paramount’s 1957 film Loving You. After starring in several Hollywood feature films and Broadway productions, she stunned the world with her decision to enter cloistered religious life. Mother will relate the story of this journey at a Convention Welcome Luncheon where she will receive her award.

Keynote speaker, The Most Reverend Peter A. Rosazza D.D., Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Hartford will discuss women’s response to Pope Francis’s plea to save Mother Earth. Other speakers include Kim Michael Polote, Matt Holzmann, and Dan Misleh, founding Executive Director of Catholic Climate Covenant.

NCCW Commissions of Spirituality, Leadership and Service will present their efforts to combat human trafficking and their work on ways to respond to Pope Francis’s call to care for creation. Many new resources addressing critical needs in the local parishes and communities, such as retreats that respond to those suffering a child’s death by suicide and keeping children in the Church will be offered. The nationally acclaimed NCCW Leadership Training Development Team will share wisdom and training tips in their always engaging and lively presentation.

Beautiful daily liturgies, abundant opportunities to reconnect with old friends and to form new friendships, an exciting tour of Atlanta’s World of Coke, a prayerful and authentic re-creation of a pilgrimage to Lourdes, a fast-paced purse auction, and a movie premiere are just a few of the many informative, fun, and inspiring opportunities for convention attendees.

Founded at the direction of the US Catholic bishops in 1920, NCCW’s mission is to act through its members to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. NCCW programs respond with Gospel values to the needs of the Church and society in the modern world. To request an interview with NCCW President, Maribeth Stewart please contact lbennett@nccw.org or call 703-224-0990. Visit nccw.org for more information.

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