On Saturday 14th July 2007, a beautiful, crisp, sunny day, the Catholic Women’s League Australia NSW Inc., Diocese of Wollongong Biennial Conference was held at Edmund Rice College Mt Keira.
Bishop Peter Ingham was the Celebrant for a joyful mass held in the college chapel.
Morning tea followed at which Ladies from all areas of the Diocese and further afield gathered, some of them having travelled a considerable distance, while others were from “just down the road”.
All branches in the Diocese were represented by members some of long standing, 50 years or more, as well as others only two months into their CWLA journey.
Diocesan President Carmel Maloney welcomed all in attendance before State President Catherine McGrath officially opened proceedings.
World Youth Day 2008 seemed a long time in the future when it was first announced that Sydney would host the event. But now we have only 12 months to go, planning is well underway.
Daniel Hopper (World Youth Day Coordinator) and Christy Honeysett gave us much to think about as they outlined how people in this diocese could be involved in making this a meaningful time for all those attending.
Paul Brady (Diocesan Director of CCD) said the role of being a catechist may not be for everyone, however it can be a vocation worthy of serious consideration. Those already involved find it rewarding and training and support is readily available for anyone interested in participating as part of their “Walk in Faith”.
Lunch was a chance to meet new people, catch up with old acquaintances or just sit and enjoy the atmosphere while participating in a light repast.
Continuing the theme of “Walking in Faith” Sr Moya Hanlen OLSH reflected on how we might take this life journey. Wrapped in faith and surrounded by God’s love we are reminded we are not alone, that with prayer and meditation we will be sustained and “Mary” will be “Our Companion on the journey”.
To follow up from Sr Moya’s talk and look at our own “Walk in Faith”, small sharing groups were rapidly organised and the hall was soon filled with conversation and laughter.
We came together again for the closing Liturgy which included a presentation of Candles to all Branch Presidents.
Then we were off to continue “Walking in Faith” refreshed and armed with extra knowledge and equipment for the journey.