By Katrina Genereux/Staff Writer, OND
Crookston – Members of the Minnesota Catholic Daughters of the Americas gathered in Crookston for their 47th State Convention. Margee Keller, Minnesota State Regent, estimates 180 court members from around the state gathered for the two-day event.
Keller and Jean LaJesse of Court Bishop Schenk, Crookston, co-chaired the convention. The theme was “Sing of the Lord’s Goodness.”
The convention opened with a procession, followed by greetings from Bishop Michael J. Hoeppner, State Chaplain since 2015; incoming State Chaplain Father Mark Steffl, pastor of St. Catherine’s, Redwood Falls; and various leaders from the Crookston community.
“I pray that you have a wonderful convention, a blessed convention, and that you are renewed in the mission that is so important, so wonderful and so needed in our world today,” Bishop Hoeppner said.
Vickie Feist, the Second Vice National Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas greeted the convention attendees on behalf of the organization’s national leadership.
“Conventions are a time of praying together, of working together, of renewing old friendships and making new ones in the Catholic Daughters. May our deliberations this weekend be done in unity and charity; I’m sure in Minnesota, that’s the only way to do it,” she said. “Your convention theme, ‘Sing of the Lord’s Goodness,’ is a theme of faith, gratitude and love. When one sings out about something as wonderful as God’s goodness, we can’t help but to do it with great joy and gladness.”
Keller described the state convention as a time to gather and review the work being done by the 29 courts throughout the state. Their focus areas include: family, education, legislation, leadership, quality of life, youth and spiritual enhancement.
Each day, attendees had the opportunity to participate in Eucharistic Adoration and Mass. On Friday, a memorial Mass was held to honor members who have died since the last state convention in 2015. A memorial service took place near the end of Mass, during which the names of nearly 150 deceased members were read while crosses were hung in their honor.
Keller said many women look forward to gathering for fellowship and reuniting with members from other parts of the state that they only see every two years during the convention. She said another highlight of the conventions are the guest speakers. This year, Bishop Hoeppner, Father Vincent Miller, and Dr. Mark Krejci addressed convention attendees.
According to the organization, from it’s beginning in 1903, Catholic Daughters of the Americas has grown and developed into the largest organization of Catholic women in the Americas. Its mission is to strive to embrace the principles of faith working through love in the promotion of justice, equality and the advancement of human rights and human dignity for all mankind. The organization’s motto is “unity and charity.”
Visit www.mncda.com for more information about Catholic Daughters of the Americas in Minnesota.