Beth Mahoney installed as NCCW Boston province director


ATLANTA, Ga. — The National Council of Catholic Women met in Atlanta, Ga. from August 26-29, 2019 at their National Convention. Nearly 700 Catholic women from around the nation gathered in Atlanta to celebrate 99 years of service to the Church. This year’s theme, Caring for God’s Creation, showcased NCCW’s continuing efforts to address important needs of our times through Spirituality, leadership and service.

During this year’s convention, Beth Mahoney, principal of St. Stanislaus School in Fall River, was installed as the Boston Province Director where she will represent Catholic Women from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine and Vermont. This is a two-year term as a member of the Board of Directors for NCCW. Beth has served as the National Spirituality Commission chairman from 2015-2017. During this term the commission produced a Mercy Retreat booklet and the Vocation Purse program to assist young women entering religious life with their financial debts. She also served as the Education Committee chairman from 2017-2019. where the committee members produced a resources on Laudato Si and Evangelii Gaudium to help members reflect on the papal writings of Pope Francis, and introduced the guide for the high school councils.

NCCW Commissions of Spirituality, Leadership and Service presented their efforts to combat human trafficking, their work on ways to respond to Pope Francis’s call to care for creation, and their new resources such as retreats for those mourning the loss of a family member to suicide. NCCW Committees on Legislative Advocacy, United Nations, World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO) and Education presented their work.

2019-2021 NCCW President Jean Kelly was also installed at the closing Mass, along with 2019-2021 president-elect Patricia Voorhes, and secretary Tracy Janis plus the commission chairs and the newly-elected province directors who make up the Board of Directors.

Most Rev. Joel Konzen, auxilliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, presided at the opening Liturgy and Most Rev. Jerome Listecki, Archbishop of Milwaukee, presided over the closing Liturgy. Also present at the daily Masses were Most Rev. William Wack, C.S.C., Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahasee and Most Rev. Peter Rosazza, D.D., Bishop Emeritus of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Forty Spiritual advisors also participated in the convention.

The NCCW was founded under the auspices of the U.S. Catholic bishops in March 1920. Now 100 years old as a Catholic women’s organization, the NCCW gave U.S. Catholic women a unified voice, a national service program, and the ability to reach out to each other through a national network. During this year’s centennial convention, participants heard from Mother Dolores Hart, O.S.B., who was awarded the first honorary Lifetime Membership Award from the National Council of Catholic Women. The keynote speaker, Bishop Rosazza, discussed women’s response to Pope Francis’ plea to save Mother Earth.

Mahoney is looking forward to her new role as the Boston Province DIrector and she welcomes new members to join the NCCW. You can find out more information and join by visiting the national website at www.NCCW.org or you can email Beth at frdccwbeth@gmail.com.


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