DCCW plans inspirational event for 63rd annual convention

TAUNTON, Mass. — The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its 63rd annual convention on May 7.

The day will begin with a 9 a.m. Mass at Holy Rosary Chapel on Bay Street in Taunton, celebrated by Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V.

A breakfast and the meeting will follow the Mass at the Coyle and Cassidy High School library, at the corner of Adams and Hamilton streets.

The guest speaker is Peggy Patenaude, a Cape Cod resident with her husband Dan.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in theology and a master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry, with a post-master’s certificate in Spirituality.

Patenaude has worked in the fields of education, Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality for more than 40 years.

In 2002 she founded “Taking Time Out,” a retreat and workshop ministry. Using her playful spirit, love of story-telling, a keen sense of humor and a great gift for creativity, she motivates and guides others in their life journeys.

With past experiences with prison ministry, Patenaude also works with Edwina Gateley to minister to women in recovery from prostitution and drug use.

She is an excellent facilitator with a unique ability to engender a hunger for continued growth. Her gentle presence and grounded Spirituality invite and inspire others to look within.

All women are invited to share in Patenaude’s journey, and also to hear all that the council has done this year and plans for the coming year.

For more information, or to register, call Fran Brezinski at 508-824-5279 or email frdccwfran@aol.com, or in Fall River, call 508-674-7036 or 508-678-6941; in New Bedford, 508-995-1604 or 508-993-5085; in Attleboro, 508-761-4638; in Taunton, 508-676-6515 and on Cape Cod, call 508-540-3370.

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