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FAITH, faith focus of CWD convention

By RENEE WEBB, Globe senior reporter
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Women of the Diocese of Sioux City will be encouraged to move forward in their faith and FAITH later this month when they gather for their biennial convention.

The convention will be held on April 25 and 26 at St. Joseph Parish in Le Mars.

According to Mary Ann Ruether, president of the CWD, the convention is open to all women “as every Catholic woman by virtue of their parish membership in the Diocese of Sioux City are officially part of the Sioux City Diocese Catholic Women Organization.”

The overall theme of the convention, as well as Ruether’s term as president, ties in with social media/technology verbiage. The theme is FAITH: Forward All Inquiries To Heaven, while sharing God’s gifts to do God’s work.

“The convention will be a combination of faith enhancement, prayer, food, business and fellowship,” Ruether said.

The convention will begin with registration at 4 p.m. on April 25. At 5 p.m., Bishop Walker Nickless and Father James Tigges, CWD spiritual advisor, will lead a holy hour with Eucharistic adoration and reconciliation. After dinner, the bishop will share his insights with the group. A business meeting, tour of the new church and social hour will follow.

Day two, April 26, begins with registration from 7:30 to 8:15 a.m., followed by an introduction of candidates for office.

Ruether encourages women to attend both days of the convention, but noted they are welcome to attend as much of the gathering as their schedule allows.

Keynote address

Keynote speaker for the convention is Daniel Reinke of Forest Lake, Minn. Last summer, he participated in a faith-enriching pilgrimage when he walked across the country.

Reinke will present two talks at the convention. He will speak about what led him to do the three-month pilgrimage “Cross America” and what others can do to take their faith to the next level.

He explained he felt called to take this journey across the country, walking from Seaside, Oregon to Virginia Beach, Virginia. Reinke began walking on May 5, 2013, and concluded it Aug. 12 – tallying over 2,400 miles and 5.4 million footsteps. Most weeks he would try to rest one day, typically on Sunday.

“The goal was to inspire Christians to live out their faith in their everyday lives not just to talk about it, but live it,” said Reinke, a member of St. Peter Church. “I think it ended up inspiring me more than it inspired anyone else.”

Each day he walked 25 to 30 miles. He wore a sign on his backpack that read “CrossAmerica.” Between the sign, his outfit and gear, Reinke said it often inspired conversation along the way.

“I hope the women attending this will see how amazing God is and how he helped me along the way in so many different ways,” the speaker said.

Reinke will give a morning talk and afternoon presentation.

Other highlights of the day will include voting for new officers, other speakers, silent auction bidding and presentation of the Our Lady of Good Counsel Award. Mass will be celebrated at 1:10 p.m. with installation of the new officers. The women will pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at 3:15 p.m. The drawing for door prizes and silent auction winners will be held before the closing at 4:15 p.m.

Pertinent info

There is no cost to attend the convention.

However, an RSVP is requested of those who plan to attend so the CWD may obtain an accurate number for meal count on Friday night and Saturday noon. The RSVP can be made by April 21 to Ruether by phone at (712) 546-6779 or e-mail at maruether@catholicexchange.com.

For those needing motel accommodations, the Baymont Inn & Suites in Le Mars has a rate of $71 per night for convention attendees. Reservations can be made by calling (712) 548-4910.

Ruether said to consider the convention a gift to the women of the diocese. Money from the auction helps to cover costs.

“It is important for women to gather at events such as this convention so they can utilize to the fullest of their precious gifts of time to meet other Catholic women, share faith experiences, listen to life stories and give and receive encouragement to continue traveling the road of life,” Ruether said.


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