NEXT MEETINGS & MINUTES


4 June 2018
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9 April 2018Dr. Susan Timoney
Secretary of Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns – ADW

5 February 2018

Dr. Andy Lichtenwalner
Executive Director of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth – USCCB

4 December 2017Javier Bustamante
Executive Director – Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach – ADW

6 November 2017

Mary Forr
Director of Department of Life Issues – ADW

4 October 2017

Tom Singer
Mother of God Community (MOGC) Council Coordinator

11 September 2017

Donna Grimes
Assistant Director Cultural Diversity in the Church – USCCB


Claudia Bartolini
Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach – ADW

5 June 2017    Jonathan Lewis
Director of Young Adult Ministry and Evangelization Initiatives – ADW

3 April 2017 

 Mar Muñoz-Visoso
Executive Director  of USCCB Secretariat for Cultural Diversity in the Church

6 February 2017

Joaquín Trejo
V Encuentro of Hispanic Ministry

5 December 2016

Dr. Jonathan Reyes
Executive Director Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, USCCB


Ralph McCloud    Director Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, USCCB

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Chair, Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt Movement: e@schoenstatt.biz
Vice-chair, Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community.: ray.glennon@1972.usna.com
Secretary, Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration: dawnssunshine@aol.com
Laison with the Archdiocese, Claudia Bartolini: bartolinic@adw.org

Minutes Monday, april 9, 2018
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
Margi Paglinawan, CFC-FFL Couples for Christ, Foundation for Family and Life
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Manon Praoulx, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Mark Schlingerman, Madonna House
Beth Holmes, Madonna House
Rick McKinney, Mother of God Community
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Don Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Claudia Bartolini, Office of Cultural Diversity, Liaison with Archdiocese of Washington
Dr. Susan Timoney, Secretariat for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns with Archdiocese of Washington

Opening prayer by Don.

Enrique welcomed Susan Timoney and showed her our website: www.movementsDC.org. We introduced our movements using our power point display. She was thinking the pastors may be interested in introducing their parishioners to the movements and new communities to help them live out the expression of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

Susan explained her role as secretary for Pastoral Ministry and Social Concerns.  They focus on evangelization as they serve the pastors to reach out not only their parishioners but to the communities and people on the peripheries.

She thinks one of the best ways the movements and new communities could assist the Archdiocese is to accompany people on their faith journey.  Many of the charisms of our movements include evangelization.  We invite people to encounter Christ and grow in their faith.  The new average mass attendance for Catholics is once a month, but studies show if people participate in small group experiences in the parish, they attend mass more frequently and grow in their faith.

Many of the pastors are recognizing the last four popes have been stressing the importance of New Evangelization.  They personally have more responsibilities in the parishes and are recognizing they are not personally able to reach all the people in their communities.  In addition, they see a decrease in marriages and baptisms in the church.  Those who are requesting sacrament are frequently not catechized properly about the church’s teachings.

As a result, effort is underway to encourage the parishioners to grow in their faith and do more evangelization.   We discussed that people are hungry for the Lord, and as Catholics become more confident in their faith they are more willing to share their experiences with others. Susan encouraged the movements to reach out to the pastors and parishes to share our experiences and to offer our services to the parishes.  If pastors need confirmation about the movements work in the Archdiocese, we should have the pastor contact her.

The Archdiocese is developing a team of three pastors who will be developing a list of what support pastors need to help the church walk with their parishioners.  In addition, Catholic University offers a leadership program for priests.  It teaches leadership and managerial skills.

Instead of closing parishes, the focus is on, “We have room in our 139 parishes and there is room for you in the pews.”  She reported that 1,200 people entered the church through the RCIA program this year.

Her secretariat is responsible for: Office of Family Life; Office of Evangelization; Young Adult Ministry, and Chaplaincies; Catholic Youth Organization; Office of Worship; Office of Missions; Parish Pastoral Planning; Department of Life Issues; Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach; and Director of Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs; and the Department of Special Needs Ministry. She gave us an overview of the responsibilities of each office.

The Archdiocese is recognized as an internationally leader to the deaf community.  Australia recently held their first White Mass, following our example of the White Mass highlighting people with disabilities participating in the liturgy.

Susan shared that the Archdiocese of Washington was surprised that no one showed interest in attending a publicized trip planned to the World Meeting of Families in Dublin in September 2018.

We discussed that May 20, 2018 will be the 20th anniversary of Movements in Rome.

Claudia distributed a flyer for the masses and conversations with bishops from El Salvador on April 10, 11, and 12th and Sharing in the Joy of Love in Marriage and Family – A Pastoral Plan to implement Amoris Laetitia by His Eminence Donald Cardinal Wuerl.

World Youth Day will be in Panama from January 22, to January 27, 2019.  The Diocese is planning Panama in the Capital at Catholic University, John Paul II Shrine, and the National Shrine.  The audience will target participants from 18 to 30 years of age. The event is being planned from January 26-28, 2019.  A similar program two years ago had one thousand participants.

March for Life will be January 18, 2019.
The next meeting is May 7, 2018.
Closing prayer by Enrique.
Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

Minutes Monday MARCH 5, 2018
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Doug and Charette Hosford, BLD Washington Covenant Community
Mark Harang, Couples for Christ
Margi Paglinawan, CFC-FFL Couples for Christ, Foundation for Family and Life
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Felipe Magofke, Schoenstatt
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Claudia Bartolini, Office of Cultural Diversity, Liaison with ADW

Opening prayer by Margi.

Ray gave an excellent presentation about Fr. Vincent Capodanno.  Father Capodanno started as a priest with Mary Knoll but felt called to become a Navy Chaplain. He served the Marines in the field and became their spiritual comrade. Although customarily chaplains are not to be in dangerous areas, he was often found right beside the men he served.  He reportedly risked his life over 100 times.  He was killed in action in Vietnam when he was wounded twice but sent the Core man to care for others that were more seriously wounded. He later was giving last rights to a soldier and was shot 27 more times and died.  He won three purple hearts that day.  He was named “Servant of God” in 2006.  There is an EWTN program in the Called and Chosen series about him.  You can also learn more by reading, “The Grunt Padre” by Father Daniel L. Mode.  Please pray for the cause of Sainthood for Father Capodanno.

Mary shared about the recent Focolare celebration and showed a short video.  Pope John Paul II had a great love for Focolore and foundress, Chiara Lubich.  The pope attended the Focolore Mariapolis, their summer retreat and was so impressed that he said he wanted to gather all the youth of the world together.  This may have been the starting of the World Youth Day Celebrations.  He also had a great love and encouraged an openness to all religions.

Claudia shared that the office of Cultural Diversity will be distributing their newsletter the first Tuesday of every month.  It will summarize last month’s activities and provide a list of events for the future.  We will be receiving this newsletter.

They are planning the first “Intercultural Encounter”. Leaders and representatives from diverse communities, movements and representatives from parishes will be invited.  The focus will be to grow in knowledge of the role of culture in the process of faith transmission.

Claudia also shared that four bishops from El Salvador will be visiting the archdiocese and saying mass with parishioners, especially from the Salvadorian community at St Camillus.

Enrique showed us some features of our website.  He also shared with us that “the Catholic Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the US in Conversation” has a phantasy name: MovComUS. He suggested if we could have a similar one for our Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Archdiocese of Washington: MovComDC. There was a short discussion about advantages and the disadvantages of this change.  We will have more discussion in the future.

The next meeting is April 9, 2018. Susan Timoney will be joining us for that meeting. Wink and Don will provide coffee for the meeting.

Claudia asked for prayer for physical healing of her niece, Patricia.

Closing prayer by Ray.

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

Minutes Monday february 5, 2018
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

 

Attendees :
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Felipe Magofke, Schoenstatt
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Claudia Bartolini, Office of Cultural Diversity, Liaison with ADW

Dr. Andy Lichtenwalner
Executive Director of the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth – USCCB

Opening prayer by Ray.

Enrique introduced Dr. Andy Lichtenwalner led everyone in the introductions using the PowerPoint of the Movements

Enrique discussed the www.movementsdc.org web page and the national web page MovComUS. A short discussion followed with no decisions. Enrique noted that our group is the only Association of movements and new communities in the U.S., and the only group that meets monthly of all the movements in the country. Mary noted that this group was started in 2005 under Cardinal McCarrick. She further noted that the primary mission of our group is “learn to be together”.

Enrique further noted that Bishop Sam Jacobs has retired from The Catholic Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the US in Conversation and Bishop William Michael Mulvey is taking his place.

Enrique again introduced Dr. Andy Lichtenwalner.

Dr. Lichtenwalner first that the Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth actually serves two bishops. For the Committee, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, the Most Rev. Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap, and the Most Rev. James D. Conley, the Bishop of Lincoln, the Chairman of the Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. He gave a wonderful overview of all that the Committee and Subcommittee does. He talked about the Pastoral Plan for amarriage and Family, Natural Family Planning and World Youth Day. Dr. Lichtenwalner’s presentation was excellent and well received.

Closing Prayer.

Minutes by Don Flanders, Worldwide Marriage Encounter

Minutes Monday DECEMBER 4, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Doug and Charette Hosford, BLD Washington Covenant Community
Becky and Lem Ramos, BLD Washington Covenant Community
Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
Marg Paglinawan, CFC-FFL Couples for Christ, Foundation for Family and Life
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Mary Forr, Department of Life Issues, Executive Director, ADW
Javier Bustamante, Executive Dir. of Cultural Diversity and Outreach, ADW

Javier Bustamante was happy to see our PowerPoint presentation and our two- minute description of each movement and community.  He shared that he has been in the role of Executive Director of Cultural Diversity and Outreach since its start two years ago.  Previously there was an office for the Hispanic Ministry and Black Catholics.  They were both closed before the new office was opened.  He shared that in the Archdiocese of Washington we celebrate mass in 22 languages including Latin and sign language.  The first role was to rebuild relationships with the people affected by the closing of the two offices.  Their second role was outreach to other communities.  They are planning listening sessions in the parishes to see how they can be more supportive to diverse communities.

Mary Forr joined us to talk about the March for Life Adult Rally which will be held on Friday, January 19, 2018.  We will be setting up a meeting with Ray and Msgr. Jameson to finalize the details for the rally and mass.  Kena Gonzalez will be our liaison for the Mass and Rally.  The March for Life stage is being planned for between 12th and 14th street so it will be closer to St. Matthews than previous years.  There will also be security but hopefully it will be faster to get through than it was last year.  The Rally will start with greeting and choir from 8:30-8:50 AM.  The speaker will talk for 15-20 minutes.  Mass is scheduled to begin at 9:15 AM and to conclude by 10:30 AM.  The homilist with be Msgr. Panke, the celebrant bishop Mario Dorsonville.

Enrique discussed the Facebook and website.  Dr. Andy Lichtenwalner from USCCB, Executive Director of the office of Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth will be visiting us at our February meeting.  Enrique encouraged us to bring one or two leaders from our movements or communities to the meeting.

Cynthia shared with us that she is being relocated to Canada, so she will not be able to continue being a representative at the association.  She expressed how much she has appreciated getting to know everyone and will miss us.  The Madonna House location is being moved so the new person assigned to Washington will need to step back from the Association for a few months during the move.  We will keep them on the email list and look forward to meeting her replacement.  We will all miss Cynthia and appreciate all she has done for the Association over the years.  She did share her marvelous journey to Madonna House with us and we are so grateful for how the grace of God flooded her at that critical time in her life.

The next meeting will take place on  January 8, 2018.
Closing prayer by Mary Young.
Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

Minutes Monday NOVEMBER 6, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Mary Forr, Department of Life Issues, Executive Director, ADW

Norby opened the meeting with a prayer.

Ray shared his experiences at the Catechetical Day.  He attended the talk by Susan Timony where a participant asked what programs are available after RCIA to help Catholics grow in their faith.  Susan suggested creating a resource for RCIA directors or adding resources to the diocese website that includes the movements and new communities.  We agreed that would be an excellent resource and we could provide her with a short description of the movements, web site information, and contact names and numbers.  We also discussed that we may be able to provide a panel of movement representatives for a future conference.  This meeting is held every other year. Enrique will reach out to Susan about our willingness to help with this.

Mary and Dawn shared their experience at the table for the V Encuentro table.  Someone asked why we did not have information from Cursillos at the table.  Enrique shared that Cynthia reached out to everyone who has not been attending the meetings on two occasions, but they have not come to the meetings.  Mary shared that the table was helpful even though the attendees can’t join the Association, we can make them aware of the movements that are in the area.

Mary Farr joined us to talk about the March for Life Adult Rally which will be held on Friday January 19, 2018.  They are planning for a shorter Rally again this year to allow for increased security at the March to accommodate a high ranking White House official to attend.  The details have not been finalized but the Mass may start at 8:30 or 9 AM.  She asked us to pray for the March for Life planning committee because they are not able to meet with the Park Services until the end of November regarding the permit. We discussed some possible speakers for the Rally.  They may decide to have two speaks giving shorter talks. We will be sending out a list of the tasks that need to be completed for the Rally.  Movements and new communities can volunteer to assist as they are able. The tasks will be finalized at the next meeting.

The next meeting is December 4, 2017.
Closing prayer by Dawn.
Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

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Minutes Monday OCTOBER 4, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Doug and Charette Hosford, BLD Washington Covenant Community
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Tom Singer, Mother of God Community

Mary opened the meeting with a prayer.

Ray discussed the proposed banners to highlight the Associate of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities and stands.  The total cost is $165.58. A discussion to purchase a display rack for the table resulted in a suggestion that if sufficient money is collected, we could buy a rack as well.  Many organizations and individuals gave donations to Ray for the purchase.  Anyone member or organization who wants to donate for this cause should see him.

We will have a free table at the Catechetical Day on Saturday October 28 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM at the Elizabeth Seton High School: 5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg MD 20710. Ray will arrange coverage for volunteers to man the table. He requested any movement interested in in helping contact him.


Tom Singer and Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community

Tom Singer, Mother of God Community shared that on November 18, 2017 the Archdiocese of Washington will hold the Catholic Charismatic Renewal 50th Jubilee Celebration. Evangelist Mark Nimo from Ghana will be the main speaker.  All are invited to the closing mass at 2:00 with Cardinal Wuerl at the Basilica or to participate in the entire event.  The celebration will occur at the Student Union at Catholic University for a cost of $20, including lunch.  Please see handout attachment.

He explained that the Mother of God community grew out of a prayer group in 1968.  They hold Life in the Spirit seminars and there are currently 65 members in their community.  The Charismatic Renewal is in a close working relationship with Mother of God community.  They feel a strong need to reach out to the youth.

The next meeting was rescheduled for November 6, 2017.

Please see handouts.  Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

Minutes Monday SEPTEMBER 11, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Lem and Becky Ramos, BLD Washington Covenant Community
Margi Paglinawan, CCF-FFL Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life
Mary Young, Focolare Movement
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter

Claudia Bartolini, Coordinator of Resource Development, Office of Cultural Diversity and Outreach, Archdiocese of Washington

Donna Toliver Grimes, Assistant Director African American Affairs, Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops

 

Ray opened the meeting with a prayer.

Claudia Bartolini: Claudia shared that the Archdiocese of Washington completed 5 sessions for V Encuentro with 28 parishes and 6,000 people attending. Participants openly shared their concerns and needs in the Church.  She felt the program was very productive and well received.  There will be a meeting on October 21, 2017 at the Catholic University that is open to the public. The cost is $15, includes lunch. The meeting will last from 9 AM to 5 PM and will be bilingual.  For tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/v-encuentro-archdiocesan-celebration-tickets-38016217530
V Encuentro page in the Archdiocese: http://www.adw.org/vencuentro

Donna Grimes, informed us about the recent U.S. Convocation of Catholic Leaders event in Orlando FL.  There were 3,000 invited participants from diverse backgrounds and national movements and 150 bishops who attended. The focus was to bring together the Pro-Life and Pro-Justice arms of the Church to promote the full gospel.  There was much discussions focusing on Missionary Disciples. The sessions, given by a panel of lay individuals as well as bishops were recorded.   It was not uncommon to see bishops meeting with participants outside of the panel discussions and at meals to further their conversations. The bishops were very pleased with the outcome. Cynthia and Enrique attended the event and enjoyed the experience.

Donna also shared about her work with the African American Affairs.  She assists with training for Building Intercultural Competency Training.  There will be a session in the Mid Atlantic area on Feb 15-18, 2018 by Yolanda Taylor.

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Enrique discussed the proposed banners to highlight the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities and stands.  The total cost is around $170.  After some discussion, everyone approved the designs and we agreed to get the banners.  Ray will be responsible for collecting the money for the purchase.  Anyone member or organization who wants to donate for this cause should see him.

There are a few copies of the book we prepared for Cardinal Wuerl last year that highlights the Association of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Archdiocese of Washington.  Anyone interested in getting a copy should see Enrique.  The cost is $65.

There was a discussion about the Movements and New Communities at the National Level. Bishop Sam Jacobs will be leaving as the moderator because of health issues.  Bishop Michael Mulvey from Focolare will take his place.

We will have a free table at the Catechetical Day on Saturday October 28 from 8 AM to 3:30 PM at the Elizabeth Seton High School: 5715 Emerson Street, Bladensburg MD 20710. Enrique asked for volunteers to man the table beginning at 7:30 AM. He requested any movement interested in having brochures displayed at the table to please bring 40 copies to our next meeting. We plan to also have some on hand to distribute to future quest speakers.

Miscellaneous: Please note that emails frequently include meeting guests as “cc”, as well as our internal email list (on line “to” of the email). So please remove the names of the ones copied as “cc”.

The next meeting was rescheduled to Wednesday October 4, 2017. Future meetings will be held on November 6, 2017; December 4, 2017; January 8, 2018; February 6, 2018; March 5, 2018; April 9, 2018; May 7, 2018 and June 4, 2018.

Wink and Don will bring coffee to the next meeting.

Closing prayer by Ray.

Please see handouts and business cards.

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

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Minutes Monday JUNE 5, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Present:
Mary Young – Focolare
Don and Wink Flanders – Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Margi Pagliawan – Couples for Christ Foundation for Family Life
Becky and Lem Ramos – BLD
Cynthia Donnelly – Madonna House
Enrique Soros – Schoenstatt
Jonathan Lewis – Archdiocese of Washington

Mary Young began our meeting with a prayer.

Enrique gave an introduction of us to Jonathan and then we each gave a two minute presentation of our work in the Archdiocese. Enrique showed a slide show of the movements while we were speaking.

JONATHAN LEWIS, who is a dynamic speaker, filled with the love of Christ and His Gospel, spoke to us of his work for the Archdiocese. He is director of Young Adult Ministry (ages 18 to 39) and Evangelization Initiatives of the Archdiocese.

-He told us about the upcoming
SYNOD ON YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT that will take place in Rome, in October 2018. This is the theme of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in Rome.

SYNOD INFO USCCB

What is the purpose of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops? 

The Preparatory Document describes the purpose of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly as an opportunity for the Church “to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective way to announce the Good News today.”

What documents were released in advance of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops? 

The Preparatory Document looks at the current global situation, the lives of young people in the modern world, and the process of walking with young people as they discern their personal “vocation of love.” The document ends with a questionnaire about young people and vocational discernment inviting responses that will be incorporated into a working document for the October 2018 synod.

LITERATURE:
Jonathan suggest the youth to read the Preparatory Document (hard copy USCCB $7)
and LIVING AS MISSIONARY DISCIPLES, A Resource for Evangelization (USCCB hard copy: $10)
They may be ordered at USCCB. 

Jonathan is very familiar with the Final Document of Aparecida and Evangelii Gaudium.

PREPARING in WASHINGTON FOR THE 2018 SYNOD ON YOUNG PEOPLE, THE FAITH, AND VOCATIONAL DISCERNMENT

The Archdiocese wants to hear from the local youth about ideas, interests.

Jonathan suggested the young people to visit: www.ShareWithFrancis.org       #SharewithFrancis

WORLD YOUTH DAY IN WASHINGTON, DC  –  CUA  – eventually 26 Jan. 2019

The next World Youth Day will take place in Panama, 22-27 January 2019.
Jonathan is planning on having a local celebration at the Catholic University of America, eventually on Saturday, 26 January 2019.

Web page and social media Young Adult Ministry  ADW

Here young people may sign up for weekly DCCatholic emails:

This is the Twitter page of the Young Adults of the Archdiocese: https://twitter.com/DCCatholic

And this one, Facebook page: www.facebook.com/DCCatholic 

– Jonathan spoke about the many different areas he is working on to build up the faith experience for our young adults and call them into a deeper commitment to her faith, including campus at universities and prisons.

-He asked us to help, where we can, to mentor and guide young adults in their faith life .

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Margi, Becky and Lem shared, that CCFFL and BLD had powerful outpourings of the Holy Spirit at the ending of their Life in the Spirit Seminars on Pentecost. Lem said, “It was like being in heaven!”

Mary Young showed us a clip from CTV of Pope Francis walking with their President, Maria Voce, in the occasion of the celebration of of the Charismatic Renewal.

Don and Wink Flanders shared their wonderful experiences of a recent Marriage encounter weekend. Were they had the best turn out in recent years and they thanked us for our prayers for its success.

Cynthia shared that Madonna House has been told by the Archdiocese that they have to leave their residence on Capitol Hill. So far the Archdiocese has not provided another place for them to live and work. Their future here in Washington is uncertain.

Enrique shared about a difficult experience he had, that was filled with grace for him.

We will not meet in July and August.  Next meeting will be Monday, September 11 @ 7:00pm

Part of the information on the Synod on Young People was taken from USCCB web site.

Minutes: Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt

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Minutes Monday April 3, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Doug and Charette Hosford, BLD Washington Covenant Communit
John and Patricia Long, Schoenstatt
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Javier Baquero, Focolare Movement, visitor

Mar Muñoz-Visoso Executive Director, Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church for United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Cynthia opened the meeting with a prayer.

PowerPoint: Norby did a great job creating our PowerPoint presentation with all our movements, with the pictures we sent him. Each movement had two minutes to introduce her/his group with the help of the PowerPoint, summarizing their organization and Mar found it very helpful.

Norby will be happy to give you a copy of the PowerPoint but it is a very large file.  If you have a drop box account or open a new account, and let him know, he can then send you a link to the PowerPoint file.

Mar Muñoz-Visoso: Mar explained her background is in communications and Pastoral Ministry. In 2007, the USCCB reorganized and placed Hispanic Affairs, African American Affairs, Asian and Pacific Island Affairs, Native American Affairs, and Pastoral Care of Migrants, Refugees and Travelers under the Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church.  Their goal is to promote intercultural competence in the Church and to help ministers gain intercultural community.


right: Mar Muñoz-Visoso

Mar shared that the movements and new communities are critical in the evangelization of the Church. We can go places where priests cannot reach.  We touch people and bring them into the Church.  She spoke about V Encuentro and the focus on how participants are called to be missionaries.

All immigrants coming to the US are concerned about their children staying in the faith and want to see the customs, traditions and celebrations from their country offered in the Church.  They request resources to facilitate these activities.

Sixty percent of youth in the Church in the US under the age of 18 are Latino.  Most of them were born in the USA and they feel the Church is not always listening to them and engaging them.  Many youth groups only have a fraction of Latino youth participating. Can the movements do a better job of reaching out to them? She shared the Latino community tends to have a real love for adoration, so this may be a way to connect with this population with our movements.  We were encouraged to reach out to people from other cultures and start a dialog, get to know them better, develop trust, and invite them to join in our movements.

Mar explained that shared parishes are the fastest growing parish. Years ago, parishes were built based on the ethnicity of their parishioners, so it was not uncommon to have multiple Catholic churches in the same area. But there is not enough resources and priests to accommodate all the different people so the focus should not be on separation but on integration – welcome everyone and by using our gifts and talents we build community. By promoting ecclesial integration, we build a community where everyone is welcome.  Your parish is really a community of communities.

We were challenged to consider the example of Vietnam and Japan were for 200 years there were no priests so the Church was built by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and lay leaders. During these times the domestic church, the family was the catalyst for the growth in the Church.

On this website, http://www.usccb.org/culturaldiversity –  you can get copies of the Cara – Cultural Diversity Study of October 2016 that shows the diversity in the US and where the nationalities are located, One Church Many Cultures, Building Intercultural Competence for Ministers- Bilingual, and Best Practices for Shared Parishes publications and other resources. You can also subscribe to the USCCB newsletter electronically.  Please see a copy of handouts provided.

Enrique will bring coffee to the next meeting.
Closing prayer by Norby
Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

Some members of the Association after the meeting

Embracing Unity in Diversity to Strengthen Catholic Identity:
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Minutes Monday March 6, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Chair
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Don and Wink Flanders, WW Marriage Encounter
Mary Young, Focolare Movement

Wink opened the meeting with a prayer.

Mass for Life: We discussed the Mass for Life.  We felt Father Swink did a very good job as a homilist.  The cathedral was very full.  Some attendees mentioned they choose to attend the adult mass instead of the Verizon Center mass so perhaps we may want to consider focusing on a speaker that can connect with the youth next year.  A suggestion was made that it might be helpful next year to have a presenter that will provide some catechesis or moral theology.  The last few years the speakers have been heroes for people with disabilities as well as for right to life activities, so a motivational spirit focused presenter might be a nice change.  Perhaps Msgr. Jameson could be invited to the first meeting that Mary and Kena attend to help coordinate efforts and address Monsignor’s concerns early in the planning stage.

Mass for Life at St. Matthew’s Cathedral
Representatives of Movements with bishop Mario Dorsonville and Msgr. Jameson – 27 January 2017

V Encuentro at CUA and Catechetical Day: Enrique spoke about the diocesan plans for the V Encuentro program.  It will take place on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Catholic University of America. 2,000 participants are expected. He also shared the Catechetical day is scheduled for October 28, 2017.  He will request a table for the movements to provide brochures, as we have done in the past for free.

Bishop Dorsonville and Power Point: We discussed inviting Bishop Dorsonville to a meeting so he can become aware of our movements and how we can best help the diocese.  Each movement should be prepared to give a 2-minute presentation at the meeting. We should discuss our movements and what we do, especially in the diocese.  We should provide four photographs with bullet points highlighting what we do.   Norby volunteered to assist with the Power Point development. Deadline to send the four pictures to Norby: March 27, 2017.

Light the City: Dawn spoke about Light the City.  It took place at St. Matthews’s Cathedral. There were about 40-50 volunteers who went out on the street inviting people into the church and about 40-50 volunteers in the church praying in Eucharist adoration.  Cardinal Wuerl opened the evening with some powerful words about how God is calling us to be light in the city and to share our faith with others.  He prayed special blessings on everyone present and heard confessions.  Many other priests were on hand to hear confessions and to speak to anyone who was interested, even if they were not Catholic.  We noticed that many people were busy and not willing to stop and go into the church, however those who did were deeply touched. Many shared their stories and struggles and asked for prayer. They thanked us repeatedly and stated they would come back again to visit the beautiful St. Matthew’s cathedral.  It was a powerful opportunity to see the Holy Spirit touch lives.

Amoris Laetitia: Mary Young presented Chapter 9 from “Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis. She highly recommended everyone read this chapter.  Mary shared the Trinity is present in the temple of marital communion. Thus, it is a supernatural communion. God is present in the hearts of sacramental life.  In the end, marriage spirituality is the spirituality of the bond which divine love dwells. Within the family, we find the mystical union with God.

Enrique will invite Mark Zimmerman from the Catholic Standard to attend a future meeting.

Marge Sheehan-Swanke from Charismatic Renewal has been very ill.  She appreciated our emails and keeps us in her prayers.  Please pray for her as well.

Enrique will forward to Cynthia the list of emails that are bouncing back from some of the movements.

Don and Wink will bring coffee to the next meeting.

Closing prayer by Mary Young

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

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Minutes Monday February 6, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees
Enrique Soros Schoenstatt, Chair
Ray Glennon Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Dawn Zierdt Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Cynthia Donnelly Madonna House
Norby Perrin Couples for Christ
Doug and Charette Hosford BLD – Washington
Joaquin Trejo, Focolare,  V Encuentro Regional Coordinator

Cynthia opened the meeting with a prayer.

QUINTO ENCUENTRO  –  V ENCUENTRO OF HISPANIC MINISTRY

Joaquin did a fabulous job explaining why he is so committed to the V (Quinto) Encuentro  program. The fist one took place in 1972. The theme is to be witnesses of God’s love.  There are over 175 dioceses participating.  This is the first time that lay ecclesial movements are specifically invited to participate in the program and help build community in our local parishes.  The focus has also changed where Latino’s are being asked how they can respond to the call to the New Evangelization as missionary disciples serving the church.  They are challenged to change the culture.  Currently 60% of all Catholic youth are Latino. So, this evangelization is critical for the church. In addition to stimulating a new wave of faith formation, there will also be a focus on leadership development.

The V Encuentro program will focus in parishes between January and June 2017. There will be diocesan meetings between July and December 2017 and an Episcopal Regional meeting between Jan. and June 2018.  A national meeting will occur September 20-23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. Reflection and evaluation is scheduled for Jan. to June 2019 with development and distribution of resources planned for July to December 2019.  The continuing mission will be held January to December 2020.

The program has literature available in English and Spanish but is not meant to be exclusive but to encourage community development with diverse populations and to help everyone grow in their faith journey and to share their journey with everyone they encounter. Joaquin suggests you ask your pastor if they are participating in the V Encuentro program and get involved.

Here is the official link to the V Encuentro: http://vencuentro.org/ 


Click on the picture to see the video about V Encuentro

AMORIS LAETITIA, chapter 8
Enrique presented Chapter 8 from “Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis. He explained that this chapter is controversial for some people, because they can’t understand the prophetic vision of Pope Francis.  Enrique stressed that Pope Francis recognized the challenges that have resulted from the breakdown and divorce of Catholics and how complications make it difficult to find one solution to the problems and encourages a pastoral approach to help people as they grow in their faith.  He shared that this is not a new doctrine but a way to enable those who are in marriages outside the church to still participate in the church.

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We had a discussion of the Adult Mass and Rally.  Everyone seemed pleased at the success of the program.  One suggestion was to make sure we have a cantor with a strong voice to be heard in the large cathedral.

Enrique asked if anyone would volunteer to call representatives of  movements that are not usually represented at the meeting to determine if they can participate. Cynthia volunteered to place these calls.

Norby will bring coffee to the next meeting.

Closing prayer by Ray Glennon

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

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Minutes Monday January 9, 2017
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees

Enrique Soros Schoenstatt, Chair
Ray Glennon Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Don and Wink Flanders WW Marriage Encounter
Norby Perrin Couples for Christ
Dawn Zierdt Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Doug and Charette Hosford BLD – Washington
Becky Ramos BLD – Washington
Margie Paglinawan CFC-FFL
Mary Young Focolare Movement
Kena Gonzalez Event Planning for ADW

Ray opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese
Kena indicated the planning for the Adult Rally and Mass on Friday, January 27, 2017 is going very well. She has everything she needs from us. They will not be distributing a flyer this year but parishes have been informed about the adult rally.  There will be no registration required for this year.  She will check into the security plan for the rally and advise us.  Kena will be sending a script to Ray since he will be the emcee for the event.

The booklets will be at the Cathedral.  Kena will see if Monsignor Jameson would like to meet with the key participants prior to the mass.  Kena will look into it that somebody from ADW will be at the Cathedral at 7 am to let us in through the locked door at the garage, so we can get set up.  There will be an 8 am mass at the Cathedral so we cannot start the rally until 8:45 am.

Note after the meeting: Msgr. Jameson will meet with all the ones with a responsibility a the rally and mass on Monday, January 23, at 11 am at St. Matthew Cathedral.

MASS pro LIFE 27JN2017

Next meetings

We discussed how frequently we would like to meet.  Enrique shared that he would like to invite guests to our meetings (for example from USCCB and ADW) so we can learn things that might be relevant to our movements and our guests can learn about the movements as well.  Mary questioned us, “Are we meeting to accomplish business or to encounter Christ together?” After a short discussion, we decided to meet monthly but take a few months off for the summer. The meetings are tentatively scheduled for Feb 6, March 6. April 3, May 1, June 5, September 11, October 2, November 6, December 4 in 2017 and January 8 and February 5, in 2018.  Enrique will advise after confirming that meeting space is available.

Enrique would like to have a representative from USCCB, Peter Murphy speak about evangelization in a future meeting,  and Joaquin Trejo to talk about the V Encuentro in February. Enrique showed us the video forwarded by Joaquin about the greetings of Pope Francis to the V Encuentro participants.

Amoris Laetitia

Norby Perrin presented Chapter 6 from “Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis.  The church needs to help couples prepare for marriage and during their crises of marriage. The family should serve as joy filled witnesses and the domestic church. The parish is a family of families. The family is great training for priests and lay leaders. He who asks for forgiveness is bravest, he who forgives is strongest and he who forgets is happiest.

Dawn Zierdt presented Chapter 7- Education of our children. Parents need to focus on the convictions, goals, desires and dreams of their children. We must teach children that their misbehavior has consequences. Discipline should be a constructive limit on their actions not a means to overwhelm them with duties. Thus, they will develop a need to blindly carry out other people’s wishes instead of evaluating the situation to make the best decisions. Parents should teach children that postponing somethings until the right time can teach self-mastery and detachment from our impulses.  Sex education should not focus on “safe sex or protection” but on a mutual self-giving love that comes after an all-inclusive public commitment.

Enrique will present on Chapter 8 at the next meeting. Mary will be out recuperating from surgery at the next meeting but will present on chapter 9 after she has recovered. Please keep her in your prayers.  Enrique suggested for future analysis the Encyclical Letter of Pope Francis Laudato Si, on the Care of Creation.

Miscellaneous 

Debbie asked Enrique to clarify a misunderstanding about the Popular Movements Conference in Modesto, California in February. The Chancellor for the Washington diocese decided they will not be sending a representative group to the conference.  If Cynthia goes, she will be going independent from the Diocese.

Ray will bring coffee to the next meeting.

Miscellaneous – Mary shared that Nico Casello from the Focolore Movement had previously been working with the movements in Europe.  She suggested we may want to consider a pot luck meal to share among the movements and new communities. Some members suggested maybe we could invite some bishops to join us and perhaps we could develop a quick one page PowerPoint demonstration about our movements.

Closing prayer by Doug Hosford

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

 

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Minutes Monday December 5, 2016
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees
Enrique Soros    Schoenstatt, Chair
Hugo Caceres   Schoenstatt
Ray Glennon   Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Don and Wink Flanders    WW Marriage Encounter
Norby Perrin    Couples for Christ
Dawn Zierdt    Houses of Adoration, Secretary
Doug and Charette Hosford   BLD – Washington
Lem and Becky Ramos    BLD – Washington
Margie Paglinawan    CFC-FFL
Mary Young   Focolare Movement
Nico Casello    Focolare Movement
Lucia Martinez   Focolare Movement
Debbie McDonald    Parish Pastoral Planning for ADW
Mary Forr    Life Issues for ADW

Dr. Jonathan Reyes     Executive Director Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Ralph McCloud    Director Catholic Campaign for Human Development Dept. of Justice, Peace and Human Development, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Meeting

Norby opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese: Debbie shared that she put forward one delegate for the US World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, CA from Feb. 16-19, 2017.

Mary Forr indicated the planning for the Adult Rally on Friday, January 27, 2017 is going very well. They are awaiting the bishops approval for the keynote speakers, Kevin “Seamus” Hasson and his wife Mary Hasson. She appreciates all our hard work.  They hope to have the flyer ready by the end of the week.  She will forward it to Debbie who will send it out to us.  The Diocese intends to hire off duty police officers for security at the function.

We reviewed the Associations web site: http://www.movementsdc.org/. Enrique encourages us to check out the website on a regular basis.

Dr. Reyes discussed the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America –  Forming Missionary Disciples in Orlando, Florida from July 1-4, 2017. They expect to have 4,000 leaders at the event.  For more information, including a video by Jonathan Reyes, visit http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/get-involved/meetings-and-events/usccb-convocation-2017.cfm

It was emphasized that registration is by invitation-only.  Invitations should have already been sent to dioceses and the national leadership for organizations and movements.  If your movements national representatives have not received an invitation, you should email ConvocationRegistration@usccb.org.

The event will include the following topics: What does the social analysis tell us about the “landscape” of the United States today?  How can we respond?  How does the call to Missionary Discipleship affect the way we structure Church programing? How do we witness to, live out, and celebrate our faith in the public square?

It is a one-time event with all the sessions led by a bishop. Approximately 75 percent of the attendees are expected to be Laity.


Center: Ralph McCloud and Dr. Jonathan Reyes

Ralph McCloud discussed the US World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, CA from Feb. 16-19, 2017. He described Popular Movements as those dealing hands on with people who are struggling. The focus will be on land, environment, resources, labor, immigration, returning citizens, and lodging for low income persons. They expect around 600 people to attend. Attendees will be from the United States and include a few people from Canada and the Vatican.  It will be an Ecumenical meeting.

Both Dr. Reyes and Mr. MC Cloud asked for prayers for their meetings.

Debbie also discussed the V Natural Encuentro.  At this stage, it is a parish based, small group Spanish community that will meet for 5 weeks. The booklets will help participants to discuss the Gospel readings and encourage participants to share what the reading meant to them and what they are called to do based on the readings. 84 people were trained at the Regional Encuentro Training. It will be offered in all parishes and focus on how the church is meeting the needs of the Latino community and how the Latino community is helping the church.   http://vencuentro.org/

Becky and Lem Ramos presented Chapter 5 from “Amoris Laetitia, The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis. As the Father loves me, so I love you.  Where there is love, there is life.  Children are loved before they are born. When a child is conceived unexpectedly, the mistake was the adults not the child’s, we must do everything we can to accept the child as a gift from God. We must not punish the children for the mistake.  “Each woman shares in the mystery of creation, which is renewed with each birth.”  Every child has the right to the love of their mother and father.

Norby will present on Chapter 6 and Dawn will present on Chapter 7 at the next meeting.

Closing prayer

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

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Minutes Monday November 7, 2016
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:
Debbie McDonald                                                Liaison with ADW
Enrique Soros                                                         Schoenstatt, Chair
Ray Glennon                                                    Mother of God Community, Vice Chair
Don and Wink Flanders                                     WW Marriage Encounter
Cynthia Donnelly                                                  Madonna House
Dawn Zierdt                                                             Houses of Adoration
Doug and Charette Hosford                           BLD
Lem and Becky Ramos                                       BLD
Margie Paglinawan                                              CFC-FFL
Kena Gonzalez                                                        Event Planning for ADW
Mary Forr                                                                 Life Issues for ADW

Cynthia opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese

Debbie shared that the diocese would like to send up to 10 delegates to the US World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto, CA from Feb. 16-19, 2017. The meeting will focus on Social Justice solidarity.  Applications need to be submitted by November 15, please advise Enrique if you are interested in attending.

She also shared that she and Susan Timony would like movements to assist with “Light the City” activities in 2017.  They will have adoration at St Matthew and encourage people in the streets and neighborhood businesses to come to the church for adoration, confession and prayer.  They also need volunteers to evangelize in the streets.

Mary Forr indicated the Adult Rally will be held on Friday, January 27, 2017 and she really appreciates our assistance. We discussed possible keynote speakers. Ray has agreed to be the Master of Ceremonies. Charlette volunteered to lector for the first reading in English. Hugo Caceres, Schoenstatt Movement, volunteered to lector for the second reading in Spanish. The readings will be the same as last year. Don and Wink will be gift bearers.  BLD will provide the choir and CFC-FFL will provide some music support as well.  We will all assist as ushers.

Kena will work on developing the program.  She will list the movement names instead of the participants name in the program just in case, there are last minute changes.  She will schedule a meeting with Msgr. Jameson after the lectors, choir, and readers are selected.

Ray Glennon presented chapter 3 from “Armoris Laetita, The Joy of Love” by Pope Francis. He explained that the church needs the family and the family needs the church. Families are called to be the light in the world.  It takes discernment to determine if one should marry. This chapter stressed the indissolubility, the sacramental nature of marriage, the transmission of life and the education of children. By his Spirit, he gives spouses the capacity to live that love, permeating every part of their lives of faith, hope and charity.  In this way, the spouses are consecrated and by means of a special grace build up the body of Christ and form a domestic church, so that the Church …looks to the Christian family.

Don and Wink presented Chapter 4.  We can’t talk about marriage and love without talking about growth.  Marriage is to perfect the couples love. There is pleasure in giving and loving.   Love is at the service of others more by deeds than by words.  Love values the other person’s achievements. Don and Wink beautifully interjected their marriage experiences into their presentation.

Closing prayer by Charetta.

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration

 

 

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Minutes Monday September 12, 2016
AT THE PASTORAL CENTER

Attendees:
Mary Young                           Focolare, Chair
Enrique Soros                                   Schoenstatt, Vice Chair
Marina Walker                                 Schoenstatt
Don and Wink Flanders                 WW Marriage Encounter
Cynthia Donnelly                 Madonna House
Dawn Zierdt                                     Houses of Adoration
Magdalena Smoot                           Prayer and Life Workshops
Sandra Coles-Bell, Program Director of Diversity and Outreach for ADW

Dawn opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese

Sandra shared Bishop Martin Holley has been reassigned to Bishop of Memphis. He will be leaving early to mid-October.

Christa Lopiccolo has left the ADW. Mary Forr, her replacement started about 3 weeks ago. There is some uncertainty as to if the Adult Rally will continue in January. Mary requested we be notified as soon as possible since we have been hosting it for years and need time to prepare. Mary Forr’s email is: mforr@adw.org.

The Krakow in DC event met and exceeded their expectations. Jonathan Lewis was very happy with the event.

Mary reported that tonight is her last meeting as Chair of the Association. She was thanked for her years of service and excellent leadership. We discussed the schedule for future meetings. We have confirmed with Lillian at ADW meetings for Nov 7, Dec 5, and Jan 9 for 2016.   After some discussion, our meetings for next year, 2017 will be held in Jan, Mar, May, July, Sept, Nov, and Dec.

Enrique shared that Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community would be glad to be Vice Chair. He will follow up with Ray. We are still in need of a secretary. Enrique will send out an email requesting assistance.

We began to hear presentations from “Armoris Laetita, The Joy of Love” by Pope Frances. We will have an overview of two chapters during future meetings. Cynthia presented the first chapter which highlighted: husbands and wives are called to be the light of the world. Children are not the property of the parents but Jesus presents children as teachers. Jesus was born into a family with immediate suffering. Our discipleship is our gift of suffering for others.

Marina highlighted the second chapter: Parents are called to form the conscious of children not replace them. We are called to be creative missionaries. Pope Francis provided examples of ways the modern-day society challenges families: individualism – damages affection in families, loneliness – lack of God, stresses of life – interruptions of technology prevent families being available for each other, economic constraints – migrants, exploitation of children, single mothers – can’t replace the other parent, children with disabilities and the elderly. We are challenged to embrace suffering and recognize how children with disabilities draw love from those around them.

Magdalena has represented Prayer Life workshops at our meetings for some time, however she will be moving out of the area so this is her last meeting. She shared how she was convinced by a friend to attend the Prayer life workshop and because of her healing, she has remained and grown in the movement. The participants are encouraged to be active in their parish life and practice works of mercy. She met a gentleman in the movement who proposed so she will be moving out of the area to establish their new home together. Oscar, the coordinator for the Washington area will be available to help with the committee until someone is designated to replace her. We thank Magdalena for her service and wish her blessings on her new journey.

There was a discussion about the National Gathering of Movements meeting and future activities.

Closing prayer by Enrique

Minutes by Dawn Zierdt

AMORIS LAETITIA
Chapters introduced:
1: Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
2: Marina Walker, Schoenstatt

Next chapters to be introduced:
3: Ray Glennon, Mother of God
4: Don & Wink Flanders, Worldwide Marriage Encounter
5: Lem & Becky Ramos, BLD
6: Norby Perrin, Couples for Christ
7: Dawn Zierdt, Houses of Adoration
8: Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt
9: Mary Young, Focolare

 

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MINUTES  Monday, 6 June 2016
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:
Mary Young                                  Chair – Focolare
Enrique Soros                           Vice-Chair – Schoenstatt
Marina Walker                        Schoenstatt
Don and Wink Flanders        WW Marriage Encounter
Margi Paglinawan                   CFCFFL
Cynthia Donnelly                     Madonna House
Dawn Zierdt                             Houses of Adoration
Lem and Becky Ramos          BLD

Opening Prayer

Updates from the Archdiocese: Mary reported that she is scheduled to meet with Susan Timoney and Debbie McDonald from the Archdiocese on June 20, 2016. Mary reminded everyone that her role as Chair of the Committee will end in September 2016. Enrique is scheduled to move into the Chair position at that time. Magdalina was planning on becoming the Vice Chair but she will be moving out of the area so she will not be able to continue with this role so Mary asked everyone to please consider volunteering to be Vice Chair. Mary suggested all Movements take a turn as serving in leadership on the association.

Our next meeting is scheduled for September because we do not meet in the summer months. Mary asked if we would like to continue to meet every other month or if we would like to return to monthly meetings. There was also discussion about moving to the second Monday of the month since many holidays fall on the first Mondays of the month.

Enrique suggested each movement take a chapter of the Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia, by Pope Frances, and make a presentation at our future meetings. Everyone thought this was a great idea. Enrique will organize the effort.

Cynthia suggested that sometimes we have a short agenda for the meeting so it might be helpful to have members share what spiritual component of their movement that they are passionate about. This personal testimony would be a different focus from what their movements do and will promote connecting with others spiritually.

Wink and Don thanked the group for their prayers for their last Marriage Encounter weekend. They did not have a priest available to come until 10 days before the weekend. Six couples expressed interest in learning more about the Marriage Encounter Team. Please pray for more Priests and religious to join the ministry since the Spanish speaking retreats often need to bring in Priests from other countries. The attendees made suggestions for spreading the ministry. They brought their wooden box- Elijah cup that has been traveling around the word praying for religious vocations. We had a chance to write prayers in the prayer journal.

Cynthia shared about her experience with Russian representatives who came to the US to discuss NFP. They shared that abortion is the normal way of contraception in Russia. The visiting families would like to help Russia families with NFP and families who are having trouble becoming pregnant. Families from the United States shared their wisdom and experiences with their ministries. They realized they all share the same fears and joys. It was a very productive venture.

Dawn shared that Connie Wells just returned from a Houses of Adoration meeting in Lourdes, France. Representatives from around the world met to discuss the movement. The founder will be stepping down and her replacement, will be taking over after the training is completed.

Enrique and Marina shared the family branch –couples- of Schoenstatt is growing. There were retreats in English and Spanish, and many attended especially the one in Spanish. Both were a great experience for the couples.

Margi shared CFCFFL has many conferences coming up in addition to praise and worship talks and a cruise for couples to Mexico July 30 to August 3, 2016.

BLT reported success at their Life in the Spirit Seminar this past weekend and they have 14 candidates for Marriage Encounter. The Holy Spirit was very active.

Mary shared that the Light in the City was very powerful. Many young people attended. She could really feel the Holy Spirit as the Eucharist was exposed. On June 24-28 Focolare will have their vacation retreat – Mariopolis. It is titled, “Love your neighbor…leave your baggage outside.”

Dawn Zierdt         Houses of Adoration

 

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MINUTES  Monday, 4 January 2016
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:  Mary Young, Focolare, Chair
Dawn Zierdt                              Houses of Adoration
Enrique Soros                           Schoenstatt
Marina Walker                        Schoenstatt
Ray Glennon                               Mother of God
Magdalena Smoot                  Prayer and Life Workshops
Maria Hamm                              ADW
Don Wink                                    WW Marriage Encounter
Lem & Becky Ramos             BLD
Fr. Jeremy Lambert              Legionaries of Christ
Norby Perrin                             Couples for Christ
Amelia Hoover                        Regnum Christi

 

Opening Prayer

Ray Glennon opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese

Maria Hamm reported that she has accepted another position within the Archdiocese as the Administrative Assistant in the Office of Worship. She said this change would allow her to work a regular schedule without the evening hours required by her current position. Maria said that she expected that the ADW liaison for AEMNC would likely be Debbie McDonald, at least temporarily.

Planning for Adult Rally and Mass – January 22, 2016

The principal Agenda item for the meeting was to review and finalize the preparations for the Adult Rally and Mass for Life on January 22nd including final updates from Kena and Christa. The following items were noted:

  • Mary reported that the group had an excellent meeting with Msgr. Jameson and we have a good understanding of his expectations.
  • The program for the event was distributed and reviewed. All assignments, as noted in the program, were confirmed.
  • Mary distributed the script, including the readings and the prayer of the faithful. It was noted that the first reading (Jeremiah) is to be read in English and the second reading will be read in Spanish. Ray Glennon (English) and Magdalena Smoot (Spanish) were confirmed as the lectors. Mary suggested that, if possible, Ray and Magdalena share the ambo for the Prayer of the Faithful, since the intentions alternate between English and Spanish.
  • The group reviewed the schedule (all times estimates):
    • 7:30 a.m. – Mary will arrive to serve as AEMNC overall coordinator; she will contact Msgr. Jameson for entry
    • Following 7:00 a.m. Mass (about 8:00 a.m.) – Music ministry setup begins
    • 8:30 a.m.   Lectors arrive; will have reserved seats for Mass
    • Between 8:40 – 8:45 a.m. – Gathering music starts
    • 9:05 a.m. – AEMNC Welcome by Master of Ceremonies (Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House)
    • 9:05 a.m. – Audio welcoming message from Cardinal Wuerl
    • 9:10 a.m. – MC Introduction of Keynote Speaker
    • 9:15 a.m. – Keynote Address by Mark Davis Pickup
    • 9:40 a.m. – Begin five minute countdown to end of keynote address
    • 9:45 a.m. – Keynote address ends; music transition to Mass begins
    • 10:00 a.m. – Mass begins (Lectors do not process); the celebrant will be Bishop Dorsonville; the homilist is Fr. Dan Leary, Pastor at St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring.
    • Following Mass – depart for March for Life; music ministry tear down; Cathedral must be ready for the regularly scheduled 12:00 Mass
  • As of January 4th, there were 238 registered participants for the Mass
Welcome Norby Perris

The group welcomed Norby Perris from Couples for Christ to replace Abner Cauton until a permanent representative can be identified.

Proposal for AEMNC Meeting Schedule for 2016

Mary Young offered a proposed schedule with dates for monthly AEMNC meetings. She then asked the group for their views on the appropriateness of meeting, in general, every other month, rather than monthly. The group agreed that a bi-monthly meeting schedule would be adequate to address the anticipated issues. The group also recognized that this schedule would provide an opportunity to schedule a meeting to address a special topic, if needed, during one of the months without a regularly scheduled meeting.   The group adopted the schedule below, pending confirmation of room availability.

January 2017     Monday, January 4, 2016 (This meeting)

Monday February 1, 2016 (Review Adult Rally and Mass for Life)

Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016 (2nd Monday, not Labor Day)

Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, December 5, 2016 (Prepare for Adult Rally and Mass for Life)

Monday, January 9, 2017 (2nd Monday, Final preparation for Rally/Mass)

Updates from the Movements
  • Mary provided a brief report on her trip to Rome for the opening of the Holy Door; she also mentioned Focolare activities in ecumenism and interrelationships
  • Ray briefly mentioned that the annual National Leaders and Ministries conference of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal focused on Christian unity and included speakers from Protestant Pentecostal and evangelical traditions
 Closing Prayer

Magdalena Smoot led us in closing prayer.

 

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MINUTES  Monday, 2 November 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Mary Young – Chair – Focolare
Enrique Soros – Vice Chair – Schoenstatt
Maria Hamm – Archdiocesan Liaison
Christa Lipocollo – Archdiocese of Washington
Kena Gonzales – Archdiocese of Washington
Amelia Hoover and Fr. Jeremy Lambeth – Regnum Christ and Legionaries of Christ
Margi Paglinawan – CFCFFL
Dawn Zierdt – Houses of Adoration
Doug and Charette Hosford – BLD
Marina Walker – Schoenstatt
Don and Wink Flanders – WWW Marriage encounter
Cynthia Donnelly – Madonna House

Maria Hamm informed us of an upcoming event of the Archdiocese. Walking with Mary, a procession and mass celebrating the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, 2015. A procession will begin at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart @12:00PM and proceed to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception concluding with a Mass @ 2:30.

Christa Lipocollo and Kena Gonzales went over details for the Adult Rally and Mass for the March for Life on Jan 22, 2016. Most slots are filled. Don and Wink Flanders of marriage Encounter will check their schedules to see if they can be MC for the Rally. Msgr. Jameson of St. Matthew’s has asked for a meeting with all involved in ministers for the mass to meet with him in Dec. TBA. BLD and CFCFFL reps will connect their music directors with Mary Young and Kena Gonzales.

Catechetical Day: Saturday, Nov 7, 2015. Mary Young and Cynthia Donnelly will set up our table with assistance from Enrique Soros and Oscar from Prayer and life Workshop.

Fr. Jeremy and Amelia Hoover shared about the 75th anniversary of the founding of their community on Jan 3, 1941. They discussed the Holy Father’s beautiful granting of a plenary indulgence for their community member’s and the upcoming events for their celebration.

An open discussion on various topics: the recent Synod on the family, Cardinal Wuerls’ recent comment that “we stand with Peter”, referencing our faithfulness to the Holy Father. We also discussed the advantage of getting to know our different communities better and sharing about our various charisms and their development over the years.

Mary asked if we could take time at each meeting to have one of the representatives share about their personal commitment to the Lord and the affect their communities spirituality has had on their lives.

 

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MINUTES  Monday, 5 October 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:  Mary Young, Focolare, Chair
Ray Glennon, Mother of God, Secretary
Maria Hamm, ADW Liaison
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Lem Ramos: BLD
Fr. Jeremy Lambert, Legionaries of Christ
Amelia Hoover, Regnum Christi
Fr. Jeremy opened the meeting with a prayer.
Maria Hamm gave a brief report on successful ADW coordination and participation in Pope Francis’ visit to the Washington. She noted there were about 8,000 participants in the morning Masses in the parishes and the Popemobile parade at the National Mall.
Updates from the Archdiocese
Maria provided updates on the Adult Rally and Mass (included below). She also provided a
flyer for ADW’s 8th Annual African Women’s Empowerment Workshop.
, Mary Young led a discussion of the preparations for the ADW Catechetical Day on November 7 2015The group continued planning for the Adult Rally for Life and Mass to be held on January 22, 2016. • Maria Hamm provided the planning timeline document (attached to these minutes
Planning for Catechetical Day – November 7, 2015
at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, MD. For Event information visit: http://adw.org/cd2015/ Event schedule:
• Set up begins: 7:00 a.m.
• Event check-in: 7:45-8:30 • Mass: 11:30
As reported in September, Mary already has the horizontal banner and stand, brochures of Regnum Christi and Prayer and Life Workshops. Enrique, Cynthia, and Magdalena plan to attend and are willing to staff the table as well as Mary. Other groups that would like to have their brochures available on the AEMNC table should bring them to the meeting on Nov. 2, 2015.
Planning for Adult Rally and Mass – January 22, 2016
for reference)
• The speaker for the Rally will be Mark Davis Pickup (information attached); the
celebrant will be Bishop Dorsonville; the invited homilist is Fr. Dan Leary, Pastor at
St. Andrew the Apostle Church in Silver Spring. The following arrangements were discussed:
• Choir: BLD (Lito & Lem) will lead this activity again this year
• Master of Ceremonies: Mary Young asked Amelia Hoover from Regnum Christi to be
the MC this year.
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• Lector: Ray Glennon (confirmed) & Magdalena (Mary to confirm) The schedule was briefly discussed:
• It was generally agreed that it would be preferable if the speaker were limited to 30 minutes and was scheduled from 9:15 to 9:45. This would provide additional time to make sure that people are invited into the Cathedral and seated before the speaker begins.
• It was noted that Mass begins at 10:00 and that time is always somewhat tight since there is a noon Mass that immediately follows this event.
Mary Young offered two proposals for future AEMNC endeavors and noted that she would be distributing an email to the membership (attached) to obtain feedback. First, she noted the powerful response to the Foley’s and Lito’s personal stories and suggested that each month we dedicate time for a member to give their personal story. This would enable the members to better know each other and would serve to build up the body of Christ in our small community. Second, she suggested that the AEMNC consider sponsoring / hosting a dinner event sometime this winter to allow members of the various movements to meet and share time with each other while, at the same time, raising funds to be given to the Cardinal to support refugees that may be coming to the Archdiocese.
Proposals for Future AEMNC Endeavors
No significant updates this month
Updates from the Movements
Amelia Hoover led us in closing prayer.

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MINUTES  Monday, 14 September 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Vice-Chair
Ray Glennon, Mother of God, Secretary
Maria Hamm, ADW Liaison
Fr. Jeremy Lambert, Legionaries of Christ
Amelia Hoover, Regnum Christi

Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Margi Paglinawan: Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life
Doug Hosford, BLD
Charette Hosford, BLD
Lito Costantino, BLD

Opening Prayer
Amelia Hoover opened the meeting with a prayer.

Updates from the Archdiocese

Maria Hamm updated the group on the preparations for the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States and Washington.

  • Maria said that the Pope’s visit was an all hands on deck event for the ADW and things remained in flux and changes were being made at the last minute.
  • She said that a major ADW public event was the Popemobile parade that would take place on Wednesday morning, September 23, 2015 in the area near the Ellipse and the National Mall. The ADW viewing area is on the north side of Constitution Avenue, in front of the Washington Monument and the entrance is at Jefferson & 15th Street. She said volunteers were still needed to assist in monitoring the area in the morning for the Popemobile parade as well as during the afternoon when the canonization Mass would be shown on the Jumbotron in the same area.
  • Maria reported that there were over 7,000 parish pilgrims planning to participate in the papal visit.

Summer Updates from the Movements

  • Regnum Christi: Fr. Jeremy noted on recent reassignments in the priest membership of the community and said that their summer camps were very successful.
  • BLD: Doug and Charette mentioned the recent marriage encounter event, singles retreat, and solo parent workshop.

New BLD Representatives & Lito Constantino Personal Story

Doug and Charett Hosford were introduced as new representatives from BLD. They moved into the area from California. They joined BLD 2008. Doug and Charett have two children, age 29 and 27. They graciously offered to bring refreshments to the October meeting.

Lito Constantino told a moving personal story focused on his journey in community and growth in love since joining BLD in 2003. He expressed his thanks to the AEMNC members for their friendship and community.

Organize November 7th Catechetical Day

The 2015 Catechetical Day will be held on November 7, 2015 at Seton High School. As noted in the Agenda, Mary already has the horizontal banner and stand, brochures of Regnum Christi and Prayer and Life Workshops. Enrique, Cynthia, and Magdalena plan to attend and are willing to staff the table. Other groups that would like to have their brochures available on the AEMNC table should bring them to the meeting on October 3rd.

Papal Visit – What are the Movements Doing

There was little discussion of this topic due to the limited time available.

Begin Preparation for March for Life Adult Rally & Mass

As noted in the Agenda, Mary has suggested that Dana Dillon, PhD – a moral theologian who spoke at a recent conference and is a professor at Providence College, be the keynote speaker. This resulted in a general discussion regarding the type of speaker that might be appropriate for this event. There were a number of ideas put forward and it was agreed to postpone further discussion on the speaker until the October meeting.

Cynthia reviewed her notes from 2014 and recalled that the following roles were needed for the Rally and Mass: Master of Ceremonies, Ushers, Lectors, Gift Bearers, and Music. Enrique asked members to consider areas where they would be willing to volunteer. He noted that the AEMNC President generally filled the Master of Ceremonies role. Ray Glennon volunteered be a Lector if needed.

The question of whether or not to consider having registration for this event was brought up and discussed. It was noted that registration was not required in recent years however there was no specific recommendation made on this topic.

Closing Prayer

Cynthia Donnelly led us in closing prayer.

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No meeting in August 2015

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MINUTES  Monday, 13 July 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Attendees:  Mary Young, Focolare, Chair
Ray Glennon, Mother of God, Secretary
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt, Vice-Chair
Maria Hamm, ADW Liaison
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Pamela Khumbah, Catholic Women’s Association
Lem & Becky Ramos: BLD
Margi & Ado Paglinawan: Couples for Christ – Foundation for Family and Life
Marina Walker, Schoenstatt
 

New Members:  We welcomed new members: Lem & Becky Ramos, BLD, and Marina Walker, Schoenstattt 

ADW Report: Maria Hamm’s report primarily focused on the upcoming Papal visit to Washington.  She noted (emphasized actually) that there was very limited opportunity to see the Pope other than during his transit between locations.  She did say that virtually all the tickets for the Mass at the Basilica were already spoken for that she was unawareof any way for AEMNC members to obtain tickets for their organizations.  The fact that Pope Francis might make an appearance overlooking the West Lawn after his speech at the U.S. Capitol was mentioned but there was no indication of how tickets might be distributed for that event.    

The successful Unbound Conference sponsored by the Archdiocese of Washington and hosted by Mother of God Community  (in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County) was noted.  It was mentioned that there is consideration of a similar event next year somewhere in Prince George’s County. 

National Gathering of Movements: Cynthia Donnelly (Madonna House) reported on National Gathering of Movements planning meeting that she attended in Louisiana.  She described it as a “conversation” among about 30 representatives from many different movements including Couples for Christ, Charismatic Renewal, Marriage Encounter, Cursillio, Schoenstatt Movement, and others. She noted that Bishop Sam Jacobs led the meetings that during the conversations the group took time to get to know one another, share who they group is and what they do,and to discuss planning for the future.  The group is considering an annual meeting in Louisiana to continue improving the awareness and cooperation among the movements at the national level (RMG note: as is already the case here in ADW.)  Cynthia—If there is a meeting summary that was published by the Movements group that can be included here, I would suggest that we do so.

 AEMNC Meeting With the Cardinal: The review of the Meeting With Cardinal Wuerl was the highlight of the evening.  Mary, Enrique, and Cynthia attended on behalf of the AEMNC and they reported that the Cardinal graciously spent 30 minutes with them.  He expressed his gratitude for the book and spent some time paging through and admiring it.  The Cardinal noted that it was his calling and mission to be a shepherd and a teacher and that if he was faithful in those areas he didn’t need to worry about what others do.  The Cardinal noted the working of the Holy Spirit and the grace that has flowed from bringing movements and communities together and their cooperation in the AEMNC.  

 Upcoming Items:  Looking ahead, it was noted that November 7th was Catechetical Day  and that the AEMNC would have a table and the banner.   There was also some preliminary discussion of the March for Life in January.

Peace and all good.
Ray
ray.glennon@1972.usna.com
Mobile:  443.458.8044
Twitter: @RayGlennon

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MINUTES  Monday, 1 June 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Representatives Present:
Maria Hamm, Archdiocesan Liaison
Mary Young, Chair, Focolare
Lito Constantino, BLD
Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt
Abner Cauton, Couples for Christ
Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community
Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House
Jeff & Kathy Foley, WWME

Opening Prayer: Maria Hamm 7:20pm

Ray Glennon gave a very concise synopsis of the Cardinal’s letter, “Being Catholic Today – Catholic Identity in an Age of Challenge.” This letter is on ADW.org.  The synopsis is below. Very worth reading.

Enrique Soros presented the book which the Association is giving to Cardinal Wuerl. This very beautiful book will be presented at some time in the future.  Mary has written a letter requesting an audience with the Cardinal. Our previous idea of presenting it at a celebration at the Pastoral Center was found to be inadvisable.  It was suggested that Mary, Enrique and Cynthia represent the Association for this presentation.

A discussion ensued regarding changes to book like adding an index with identifies the pictures. While everyone agreed that would be great for archival information, the time to do so was prohibitive.

Each movement has been asked to contribute $11 toward the cost of the book for the Cardinal and $11 toward the cost of putting one in our archives. Additional books can be ordered at $75. each.  This will begin a small treasury for future activities.  Enrique Soros will handle the ordering of books.  Checks should be made out to him for this purpose.

Maria Hamm extended an invitation to all to a “Family Life Dinner” on July 16 to be heald at the Pastoral Center. RSVP should be in by July 10.  RSVP to EventBrite at https://officeforfamilylife.eventbrite.com or call 301-853-5334.  This is an attempt to gather people to find ways that the Archdiocese can assist families.

Ray Glennon, Mother of God Community, volunteered to replace the Foley’s as secretary for the Association.

Lito is being replaced as a representative from BLD and moving on to other duties. Someone has been identified who will replace him. He will be missed.

The next meeting of the Association will be July 13. No meeting in August.  The next meeting will be Sept. 14.

The Foley’s gave a short presentation of their journey with WWME. A copy is below.

After a closing prayer by Abner, we all celebrated Jeff & Kathy’s move with a beautiful and cake and coffee.

PS  We will miss all of you very much and hope to keep in touch!

Our Marriage Encounter Journey
June 1, 2015
Presentation of Kathy and Jeff Foley, as they departure

As we shared with you last month, in 1980 we had applied to become Maryknoll Missioners.  After several months of the application process, and meetings with a Maryknoll priest in St. Louis, MO,  we traveled to New York with our 2 year old son for what we thought would be a final interview which would culminate in getting our overseas assignment.  We thought it was a slam-dunk.

We were shocked when we were told they wouldn’t take us because they thought our marriage wasn’t strong enough to withstand the stress of the job.  We didn’t think our marriage was bad, and certainly didn’t think it was in trouble.  We even saw a marriage counselor for a couple of sessions to see what he had to say.  Not much.  At about the same time we were invited to an “information night” about WWME.  We signed up and off we went on this weird weekend.  We took along books to read (spiritual  of course).  Ha!  There was no time to do anything but work on our relationship.  We laughed and we cried and we just kind of ignored all the other participants on the weekend.  Afterward, there was a follow up group and we thought, well, we’ll go to one because of the nice people who invited us on the weekend and who subsequently took care of our 2 year old.

That was the beginning.  We were asked to become a presenting couple and went through several preparatory meetings before we were allowed to make a commitment.  Then we were sent on a 4 day weekend for presenting couples.  This weekend was not so much a “training” weekend as a deeper experience of what we had already done.  The thing that struck us most was the motto….. you have not chosen me, I have chosen you.  Here was our mission… not to some third world country but to middle class America.

Over the next 31 years we wrote many talks to an ever changing outlines.  We had those talks gone over with a fine tooth comb by more experienced couples.  We presented those talks on 2 or 3 weekends a year.  We became that experienced couple who went over or workshoped other couples’ talks.  Each weekend we presented drew us deeper in love with each other.  We heard versions of the same thing each time we presented a weekend but each time we were in a different place and the Holy Spirit always had something to say to us.

Besides that deepening of our relationship, we were blessed to witness miracles in the relationships of the couples on the weekend.  On Friday night there were always some couples who had a distance between them. Arms were crossed and faces were blank if not frowning.  True, some couples did leave the weekend before the end on some weekends.  But for those who stayed, their transformation… their conversion… was so very visible.  They would have chairs pulled close together, they would have arms around each other or they would lean on each other.  They had smiles…. they were tired…. it was hard work and it showed.  It was truly miraculous.

The WWME weekend is structured so the participants first look at themselves… who they are, what kind of personality they have, how that personality impacts others, especially their spouse.  Then the focus turns to the couple….what does the world say about marriage.  The next phase puts God into the equation.  What is His plan for marriage?  They are reminded that they become a sacrament when they marry, and enter into a covenant.  They are reminded that the graces of the sacrament are always available.  They are reminded of the responsibility that sacrament gives them to show God’s love to the world.  That’s when the focus is couple plus God plus the church.  The couples are encouraged to reach out to the world, to change the world by showing others what God’s love can be.

Over this whole process is the breath of the Holy Spirit.  Before we would present a weekend, we reminded the rest of the presenting team that we’ve done our work of preparation in writing our talks but we could now relax because the Holy Spirit would take our words and make them mean something to the couples. Each couple who was open to it would hear what they needed to hear.  Much like on Pentecost our words are heard by the couples as though in different languages.

For the two of us, watching the miracle of the weekend touched us deeply.  We were inspired to dig deeper into our own relationship and as a result we have become ever closer.  Our relationship with God has grown at the same time.  You can’t watch Him work over and over and not be touched.  So what we thought was a “good” marriage and a “good” relationship with God, has become “great.”  We have a loooooooong way to go and to grow but we’re solidly on the path.  If you’ve ever seen Fantasia, think back to the closing song/annimation.  It goes from Night on Storm Mountain with images of devil like creatures swirling in the dark storm with a scary, harsh musical background to the quiet dawn of Ave Maria and many people carrying torches up a path.  As they approach the light on the top of the mountain you see them going two by two.  Then those two meld together as a unit, as the sunrise slowly becomes a new and glorious day.  That’s where we want to go….unity as we approach heaven.

Our six children have been major beneficiaries of this work.  As we say when we are recruiting, there is no greater gift you can give you children than to show them parents who love each other.

We’ve had so many experiences of meeting people we’d never imagine meeting.  We spent some time in leadership and grew tremendously.  Our time here on this association has opened our eyes and our hearts to other workings of the Holy Spirit.  We had never heard of most your movements before this association was convened.  Not only have we grown to love each of you as individuals, but we’ve grown to love your movements and are constantly recruiting for each of them.

All of this, we believe, has groomed us for our next adventure.  We’re heading off into unchartered waters because there is no program that we’ve found for retired couples to serve in the missions.  There is no training, no one to ask for advice. We hope that an offshoot of our experience might be to start such a program.  That is totally secondary to our simply going to serve as best we can.  We aren’t going with any agenda.  We aren’t going as leaders but as as servants.  But over the years of watching and experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit has taught us to trust in whatever God wants of us, and to expect the unexpected.

We will always be that “WWME couple,” but thanks to you and your sharing with us, we’ll be so much more than that.

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MINUTES  Monday, 4 May 2015
at the Pastoral Center

REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT:
Maria Hamm, Archdiocesan Representative to AEMNC
Mary Young, Chair AEMNC, and Marilyn Boesch, of Focolare
Kathy & Jeff Foley of Worldwide MarriageEncounter
Rick McKinney and Ray Glennon of Mother of God Community
Abner Cauton of Couples for Christ
Margie Paglinawan of Couples for Christ Foundationfor Family and Life
Pamela Khumbah, CWA
Enrique Soros of Schoenstatt Movement
Fr. Jeremy Lambert, Regnum Christi
Lito Constantino, BLD
Dawn Zierd. The House of Adoration

OPENING PRAYER: Rick McKenney, Mother of God Community

POPES VISIT: Maria Hamm, passed out agenda for Popes visit to DC, September 23 & 24, 2015. The schedule is very full and the only time to see him will be a the morning parade from the White House to Cathedral, Sept. 23. Archdiocese encouraging parishes, groups to have various activities. Go to Archdiocese website for updates. Maria said, Association will probably not be called on to do anything for the event.

RICK McKENNY – resigning from AEMNC due to wife’s on going and serious health issues. Ray Lennon, will represent Mother of God Community. Rick has been an orginal member of the AEMNC since its inception, 2007.  He also served as Chairperson for several years. Rick asked for our prayers for he and his wife.  Mary thanked Rick for his many years of outstanding commitment and leadership. Rick will be greatly missed!

NATIONAL CONVERSATION GROUP OF MOVEMENTS: Marlyn Boesch, Focolare, gave an update on the National Gathering meeting to take place in Louisiana, June 17-20, 2915. Both Marlyn and Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House will attend.  Marlyn participated in one of the teleconferences held in April. The agenda for the meeting in Louisiana has not be sent out as yet. Marlyn said if any of the Movements in D.C. want to attend to let her know. The Gathering will take place sometime in 2016 (possibly in June).  An update will be given at the July or August meeting.

CARDINAL’S BOOK – Enrique gave an update. Still need to hear from several groups. June 22 is the date of the presentation. It was suggested that Cynthia, Enrique and Mary represent AEMNC. Margie also asked if she could attend.  Maria Hamm, will need to discuss the presentation and invitations with her superiors.
She will have more information to discuss at the June AEMNC meeting. Mary Young, will prepare a letter to go with the Cardinal’s Book.

POPE FRANCIS and “The Joy of the Gospel” presentation by Enrique Soros.  Enrique gave an inspiring presentation on the Pope Francis Apostolic letter Evangelii Gaudium – Joy of the Gospel.  Conversion and Mission were the two essential elements the Pope emphasized.  Enrique provided excellent handouts to go with his PowerPoint presentation. This was the same presentation he gave at the Men’s one day retreat.  For more information and link to the presentation go to: http:es.slideshare.net/EeSoros/pope-francis-evangelii-gaudium.

FOLEY’S on a Mission:  Jeff and Kathy announced that they are moving to Nebraska to assist the St. Augustine Indian Mission. They have been asked to commit for 3 years, but will take it one year at a time with the hope of completing 3 years. The Mission serves Native American families on two separate reservations: Winnobago Tribe and the Omaha Tribe. They will be leaving the area June 22, but plan to return to Silver Spring after their commitment. The contact information: St. Agustine Indian Mission; P.O. Box GG; 1 Mission Road South, Winnobago, NE 68071. Their email: raltar3@verizon.net.  They thanked the AEMNC for all their love and support and asked for their prayers.

FOCOLARE MOVEMENT – Founder up for Cannonization. Mary announced that Chiara Lubich, Focolare founder canonization is moving along well.

CLOSING PRAYER: Abner Cauton, CFC gave the closing prayer.

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MINUTES  Monday, 16 March 2015
at the Pastoral Center

Movements represented: CWA, BLD, Focolare, Regnum Christe, Madonna House, Prayer & Life Workshop, Schoenstatt, CFC-FFL, WWME, Archdiocese (Maria Hamm)

  1. Lito lead our opening prayer
  2. Maria handed out information about the Mass in Support of Marriage on Sat., April 25 at St. Dominic Catholic Church to be followed by a march to the Supreme Court.
  3. Cynthia gave a short presentation on the Cardinal’s new book, “Open to the Holy Spirit.”
  4. Jeff & Enrique reported on the men’s Conference: 120 men attended, good conference overall but the “Biblical” topic seemed to be missed by keynote speaker. Jeff said Enrique gave a very good presentation on the Joy of the Gospel which lead to the request that he present it to all of us at the May meeting.
  5. Book being presented to Cardinal: Reminded to get information to Cynthia & Enrique by April 15.  Text should be less than one page accompanied by pictures.  We may be able to present it to the Cardinal on June 22 which is the anniversary of his elevation to Cardinal.  Maria is checking on that possibility.  We will use Paloma’s (1st chair of association) writeup as an introduction.
  6. National Conversation of Movements: Cynthia has been invited to be a part of the planning meeting in June to get ready for the 2nd Gathering of the Movements.  They are asking for witness speakers:  Paloma has been suggested.
  7. Catechetical Day is Nov 17 at Seton High School. Proposals for workshops include:
    Customs and Feasts of the Church (Madonna House)
    Called to be Communion (Focolare)
    Cube of Love (Focolare)
    Five Steps to Effective Student Leadership (Focolare)
    “Keeping kids involved past confirmation “ (Regnum Christe)
    AEMNC should have an exhibit again.
  1. Need to find Horizontal Banner
  2. Regnum Christie is celebrating 75 years check out Regnumchristie.org
  3. Mary asked for prayers for her brother, Jerry, for April 8 surgery.

The next meeting is May 4, 2015 at the Pastoral Center.

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MINUTES  Monday, 2 December 2014
at the Pastoral Center

Attending:  Pamela Khumbah, CWA; Enrique Soros, Schoenstatt; Margi Paglinawan, CFC-FFL; Amelia Hoover and Rev. Jeremy Lambert, Regnum Christi; Mary Young, Focolare; Lito Constantino, BLD; Kena Gonzalez, Event Coordinator ADW and Mary Hamm, Liaison, ADW

Lito did the opening prayer with a beautiful Advent meditation/prayer which was greatly appreciated by all.

  • Mary introduced, Mary Hamm, our new liaison with the Archdiocese and took advantage to update the group about her recent meeting with Susan Timoney in which some concerns/questions were raised by Mary.  Namely, since our inception we have always been placed under the Hispanic Ministry and while we do minister to Hispanics in our outreach, we have a much broader outreach than that.  Susan agreed and will look to see how to handle that aspect.  In the meantime we will have Mary Hamm, a warm and wonderful person, to help us when needed.  Another issue discussed was how to better serve the Archdiocese and Susan had the thought to send to the chairperson of the AEMNC the bulletin that goes out to the parishes so that we can see where and how to offer our services.
  • Mary Hamm spoke about her role in the Archdiocesan current set-up.  We welcomed her and look forward to working with her. She inquired about the gathering on August 9th.  Mary updated her briefly.
  • We welcomed Rev. Jeremy Lambert from Regnum Christi who works at their House in Bethesda and works especially among young boys.
  • Adult Rally & Mass on Jan. 22, 2015. We pulled together all the loose ends.  Mary advised the group that Cynthia due to her upcoming surgery will not be able to serve as MC and so the Foley’s will be co-MCs.  Lito will get the music to Kena this week and all other responsibilities have been have been confirmed by the Movements.  Kena will send by email the booklet with the readings and intentions so people can prepare.  As the main celebrant has not been defined the booklet cannot be printed yet.
  • 75th Anniversary Booklet.  Mary confirmed that Paloma, who was the first chairperson, will prepare something for the booklet and will send it by the middle of December.  Mary Young will send out again to all the members the request proposed by Cynthia last month.  Enrique advised that he has been in contact with Cynthia about the project (we are in good hands).
  • Amelia Hoover updated the group about the outreach activities undertaken by members of Regnum Christi during the weekend of the feast of Christ the King.  A suggestion was made by Regnum Christi that next year during the Advent Season all the Movements come together to do something similar – later on in the year we will look into the specifics.
  • We read together Pope Francis’ message to the Third World Congress of Ecclesial Movements and New Communities where 300 persons representing 100 Movements and New Communities were present.  In it we felt his love for each of our Movements and took to heart his words to us.  He encouraged us to attain ecclesial maturity, to maintain the freshness of our charisms, respect the freedom of each person and to always strive for communion.  This was followed by a sharing from Enrique on his desire to aspire to this outreach.  Mary Young expressed how it seemed that the Pope was speaking to the Focolare since it is the Spirituality of Communion and with the certainty that each Movement and New Community had the same impression because it was the Holy Spirit to speak to us through the words of the Pope.
  • Open Forum:  Mary spoke about Marge Sheehan, who had a stroke several months ago.  Mary had gone to visit her and keep her up to date on the AEMNC.  Marge called the other day to ask for prayers for her son, Kevin, who was going through a bad spell.  Enrique invited all of us to join him when he goes to different areas in the City to sing Christmas carols.  Usually he goes to an area around 12th and F Streets.  Enrique will let us know exactly when and where to meet him.  Margi reminded us all of the endeavor that will take place on January 18th at 1:00 p.m. at Gaston Hall of Georgetown University.  There will be a live stream of the Pope in Manila – it is open to youth.  Seating is for 730. Soon there will be a flyer.
  • On a final note:  Enrique updated our email list and would like all of us to use the updated version.  Mary Young suggested that we keep two lists: one for those who currently come to the meetings and another of all past and present persons so that we can always reach out to everyone.
  • Enrique said the closing prayer entrusting all that we had seen together to Mary so that she may help all of us to bring it to fruition and also to live the words of Pope Francis.

Our Next Meeting is January 5, 2015 – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to All.  Let’s remember Cynthia as she undergoes her surgery on December 8th.

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MINUTES  Monday, 3 November 2014
at the Pastoral Center

REPRESENTATIVES AND GUESTS PRESENT: Jeff & Kathy, WWME; Mary, Focolare; Cynthia, Madonna House; Lito – BLD; Magdalena, Prayer & Life; Amelia Hoover – Regnum Christi; Hugo Cáceres – Schoenstatt

The meeting was opened by Mary, our new Chairperson for AEMNC.

I. Manuel came by to say farewell. He is being moved to other job duties, which primarily serve the Hispanic community. He graciously thanked everyone and said how much he will miss us all. Everyone thanked him for his years of dedicated service to the AEMNC, he will be greatly missed.
II. Susan Timoney, is scheduled to attend the December 1st meeting to discuss the transition to the next person who will replace Manuel as the Diocesan staff representative.
III. 75Th Anniversary of the Archdiocese – Cynthia discussed the idea of putting together a booklet that would depict each of the Movements, with short descriptions and colorful pictures. The booklet would be given to the Cardinal, June 22, anniversary of his elevation to Cardinal. Enrique and Cynthia will form a mini-committee to work on the booklet. Lito has a friend who may be able to help with the picture layout. Each Movement is being asked to submit one page which will be added to the booklet.
Mary will ask Paloma, the first AEMNC chairperson, to write a short greeting or comments. It was also suggested that Fr. Hurd be asked to write up a brief history of the AEMNC, since he was the first Moderator. Mary will also contact Susan T, to discuss the idea.
April 1, 2015 will be the deadline to have information sent to Cynthia.
V. Rally for Life Jan. 22, 2015
A. MC – Cynthia is having knee surgery and will be unable to be the MC. It was suggested that Mary, as chair of the Association would be the proper person to do so. Cynthia will write a short list of what the MC needs to do.
B. Main Speaker at Mass – someone from “Sisters for Life” will speak – Confirmed
C. Cynthia has someone in mind to give a short testimony. – Not Confirmed
D. Practice with the choir will be Dec 6 & 13 and Jan 10 & 17 at a location TBD. All groups are invited to participate.
V. Schoenstatt 100th Anniversary Celebration with the Pope in Rome
A. Over 10,000 members of Schoenstatt went to Rome to attend the celebration Mass with the Pope Francis. The Pope gave a very inspiring Homily emphasizing the importance of the family. He mentioned that “Mary is Mother not just Queen.” He stated, “the Church grows through attraction, through testimony – there is no other way – the path of testimony is everything.”
B. Hugo will send either a copy or link to the Popes homily. Mary mentioned is on Rome Reports web site.
IV. Other notes:
A. The Pope will be visiting the US in Sept 2015, was confirmed.
B. Planning for a Mass for the Association: probably not until 2015 – we need a priest for that.
C. Discussion was held about how to approach parish priests about movements. Each movement had different suggestions but the hope is that the Association can help pave the way as we become more visible.
VII. Dec. 13 is a big celebration of our Lady of Guadalupe at the Shrine
VIII. Next meeting, Dec. 1, 2014 at 7 p.m.
Reminders from October meeting notes:
Other roles for the Mass:
1. Lector – English: CFC-FFL
2. Lector – Spanish: Schoenstatt would be asked to supply someone
3. Gift Bearers: Amelia would ask Regnum Christie members for a family or 2 people
4. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: All movements will have someone
available in the unlikely event not enough priests and/or deacons are there.
5. Ushers: All movements will provide people: need to remember to have someone by elevators.
6. Music: Lito (BLD) is coordinating the music. All movements are invited to join the group. Practice times will be announced closer to the event.
75th Anniversary of Archdiocese:
A. A discussion was held about the idea of making some sort of presentation to Cardinal Wuerl in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding the of Archdiocese. The idea was to present something that would tell who we are, when and how we started, what we do, what we’re about, and the history of each movement. – Decision:
Book of pictures ( idea coming from the video montage Enrique put together for the August Gathering)

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MINUTES  Monday, 6 October 2014
at the Pastoral Center

ATTENDING: Margi & Aldo, CFC-FFL – Abner, CFC – Jeff & Kathy, WWME – Mary, Focolare Cynthia, Madonna House – Manuel, Archdiocese – Lito, BLD – Magdalena, Prayer & Life and Amelia Hoover – Regnum Christi
I. Rally for Life Jan. 22, 2015
A. A discussion was held about whether the MC should be the chair of the association as a matter of course or if one should be selected each year. The decision was to choose someone each year and for 2015 that would be Cynthia.
B. Other roles for the Mass:
1. Lector – English: CFC-FFL
2. Lector – Spanish: Schoenstatt would be asked to supply someone
3. Gift Bearers: Amelia would ask Regnum Christie members for a family or 2 people
4. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion: All movements will have someone
available in the unlikely event not enough priests and/or deacons are there.
5. Ushers: All movements will provide people: need to remember to have someone by elevators.
6. Music: Lito (BLD) is coordinating the music. All movements are invited to join the group. Practice times will be announced closer to the event.
II. 75th Anniversary of Archdiocese:
A. A discussion was held about the idea of making some sort of presentation to Cardinal Wuerl in commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the founding the of Archdiocese. The idea was to present something that would tell who we are, when and how we started, what we do, what we’re about, and the history of each movement.
B. Suggestions included:
a. Book of pictures (idea coming from the video montage Enrique put together for the
August Gathering)
b. Piece of permanent art such as painting or collage
c. The decision was for Cynthia to consult with Enrique about how to put together a
book and where to get pictures. Each movement would write up a response to 5 (?)
questions about their movement (Cynthia will come up with these questions and
send them out.).
C. A second discussion ensued about how and when to present this to the Cardinal.
Manuel will ask when the Cardinal might be available for an audience at which a representative group will present him with the book. Mary and Cynthia will draft a letter to send to the Cardinal for a May or June audience. While the consensus was that a full group meeting and small reception would be nice or to piggyback onto some event the Cardinal is already doing, the practical reality is that that is unlikely. We should ask the Catholic Standard to be present for the audience if possible.

III. Adolfo reported on the progress of a Youth centered activity. Since the Pope will be in the Philippines in January of 2015 they and the Archdiocese are working on live streaming highlights to a venue that has not yet been determined: possibly DC Armory. The date has not been confirmed but will likely be in the evening of Jan 17, 2015. All youth are invited.

IV. Other notes:
A. The Pope will be visiting the US in Sept 2015; hopefully we can attend an event.
B. Planning for a Mass for the Association: probably not until 2015 – we need a priest for that.
C. The Hispanic Ministry is having a gathering on Nov 5 from 8:30-3 at St. John the Evangelist
in Columbia, MD. Bishop Lore and Bishop Holly will be there. It will focus on youth
ministry.
VII. Dec. 13 is a big celebration of our Lady of Guadalupe at the Shrine
VIII. The World Bank has a newsletter where we can put dates of our events. Send information to
Magdalena.

IX. Next meeting, Nov. 3, will mark the beginning of the chairmanship of Mary Young for Focolare. Cynthia was commended for doing such a wonderful job these past two years.

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MINUTES  Monday, 8 September 2014
at the Pastoral Center


REPRESENTATIVES AND GUESTS PRESENT:

Cynthia Donnelly of Madonna House (AEMNC Chair)
Mary Young of the Focolare Movement (AEMNC Vice Chair)
Rick McKinney of Mother of God Community (AEMNC Secretary)
Jeff & Kathy Foley of Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Enrique Soros of the Schoenstatt Movement
Margie Paglinawan of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Lito Constantino of Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Covenant Community
Madalena Smoot of Prayer and Life Workshops
Pamela Khumbah of the Association of Catholic Women: Cameroon

Christa Lolpiccolo and Kena Gonzalez of the Archdiocese’s Department of Life Issues
Bill Neu and Mike Murray of Focolare and the August 9, 2014 Celebration of Ecclesial Movements

EVALUATION OF THE AUGUST 9 CELEBRATION OF ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS MEETING: AEMNC representatives, with Bill Neu and Mike Murray, discussed the August 9 event and all generally agreed that it was well received by those attending. There was a sense of joy to see the variety and largeness of the Holy Spirit’s work in these times. The Good Counsel High School facility, its gyms, and its wide hall worked well for the talks, music, table displays and children’s activities. Representatives noted that Cardinal Wuerl even stayed to talk after Mass. The lunch cost was kept down but there were plenty of boxes left over as not as many showed up as hoped, perhaps 800 to 850 people. However, it was felt by many that the facility was too far from mass transit, that there were too many talks and that the collection of donations was not coordinated well. Margie noted that the Ecclesial Movement booklet did not list the CFC-FFL movement after she promoted it to them. Bill Neu apologized and said that the next edition would list them.

 JANUARY 22 RALLY AND MASS FOR LIFE: AEMNC representatives discussed plans with Christa Lolpiccolo and Kena Gonzalez for the January 22, 2015 Adult and Family Rally and Mass for Life at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. As a homilest Christa said that they have asked Fr. Javier Santaballa, Vice Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Hyattsville, Maryland, but they did not yet have a bishop as celebrant as Bishop Gonzalez is retired. Cardinal McCarick was suggested by some. Christa said that they are also still looking for a rally speaker and perhaps a testimonial witness. Lito Constantino said that the BLD choir would be available. Lectors will be needed – one in Spanish and one in English, as well as readers for the prayers of the faithful – English, Spanish and Tagalog. Gift bearers will also be needed and due to unknowns, like weather and traffic, every position (names not to be listed in the program) should have backups and those assigned should know that if they do not show up well in advance that their backups will be employed in deference to policies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral. It was thought that the MC’s or a single contact person’s cell phone number should be made available to participants for communications purposes.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS:
Cynhthia Donnelly said that her term as Chair expires this November and that Mary Young will be the new chair at that time, but that a Vice Chair/Chair Elect will need to be elected and a new Secretary.
After some discussion Enrique Soros accepted nomination and election as Vice Chair/Chair Elect and Jeff and Kathy Foley were nominated and elected as Secretary. It was also agreed that officer positions should rotate among the communities and movements represented.
It was agreed that when Enrique Soros becomes Chair, Magdalena Smoot will become Vice Chair.

RECENT ACTIVITIES: Pamela Khumbah shared about Association of Catholic Women: Cameroon and its history, organization and activities.  Lito Constantino shared about BLD’s eight week Life in the Spirit  program available for parishes in the Archdiocese. Rick McKinney shared about the Mother of God Community / Acts430 sponsorship of a Signs, Wonders and Healing Conference and Service on August 23 at Trinity University with Archdiocesan priest Fr. Dan Leary and U.K. Evangelist, Damian Stayne and with more than 800 attendees and some 180 persons claiming specific healings. Rick also share about his Community’s sponsorship of the Christ Life series for a new evangelization which normally includes a common meal, video, and small group share groups. The series came out of the Archdiocese of Baltimore with three seven week sessions – Discovering Christ, Following Christ, and Sharing Christ. This Fall begins the Sharing Christ series.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m. and the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 6 at 7:00 pm.

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Monday, 2 June 2014
at the Pastoral Center on 

 REPRESENTATIVES AND GUESTS PRESENT:

Cynthia Donnelly of Madonna House (AEMNC Chair)
Mary Young of the Focolare Movement (AEMNC Vice Chair)
Rick McKinney of Mother of God Community (AEMNC Secretary)
Jeff & Kathy Foley of Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Enrique Soros of the Schoenstatt Movement
Aldofo and Margie Paglinawan of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Lito Constantino of Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Covenant Community
Magdalena Smoot of Prayer and Life Workshops
Joe Hamilton of the Washington Catholic Charismatic Service Committee
Pamela Khumbah of the Association of Catholic Women: Cameroon
Manuel Aliaga of the Archdiocese (Liaison to AEMNC)
Mike Murray of Focolare and the August 9, 2014 Celebration of Ecclesial Movements

RECENT ACTIVITIES: Enrique Soros shared about the 100th Anniversary celebration of the Schoenstatt Movement at Catholic University in which AEMNC many representatives attended. Lito Constantino shared about the recent Man on a Mission Conference. Pamela Khumbah shared about the activities on the Association Catholic Women: Cameroon.

 AUGUST 9 CELEBRATION OF ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AND NEW COMMUNITIES: Mike Murray related that the event at Good Counsel High School in Olney has been generously subsidized so that no registration fees are needed but donations will be accepted at the door. He also said that people will not need to register. Representatives discussed with Mike the possibility of using Event Brite for donations as well as the volunteer needs, especially the need to make sure that there are coordinators for the various responsibilities such as event promotion, transportation & parking, decorations & cleanup, sound & video systems, translation systems, music & printed lyrics, liturgy, food preparation & distribution, first aid, welcoming & ushering dignitaries, children’s programs, administration, registration, and finance. Representatives volunteered for some of those coordinator positions and Mike presented a sheet having the names and e-mail addresses of the various coordinators including his own (mikejpmurray@gmail.com).

 RAISING MONEY FOR MISSION BY SELLING COFFEE: Aldopho Paglinawan shared about a new business of his and his wife in order to raise money for mission work (especially in Cameroon). It is Javita Coffee containing garcinia cambogia which burns off fat and he has his own testimony and Dr. Oz to substantiate the claim. To try it or to become a distributor contact Aldopho or Margi (703-401-2722; myjavita.com/affinity).

The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m. and the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm at the Pastoral Center.

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MINUTES 7 April 2014, Pastoral Center


PRESENT:
Abner Canton–Couples for Christ
Dawn Zierdt–Houses of Adoration
Enrique Soros–Schoenstatt
Kathy Foley–World Wide Marriage Encounter
Cynthia Donnelly–Madonna house
Mike Murray–FocolareMary Ham–Archdiocesan Liaison (coming for
Manuel)

Mike Murray, a member of Focolare and the coordinator for the August 9th Gathering, came to meet us and update us on what is happening. He reviewed the time, place and speakers for the event as we have already discussed in a previous meeting with Bill Neu. We also discussed various things such as budget, tables for various communities, the flyer and other things pertinent to the gathering.

Mike presented a list of teams that are needed take care of the various activities for the gathering. He has asked that we supply him with names of volunteers from our various communities before April 14th. Cynthia will send the list out to all members of the Assoc.

Enrique updated us on the 100th Anniversary celebration of Schoenstatt to be held on May 23rd. Cardinal Wuerl will be unable to attend so Bishop Knestout with be the celebrant at the liturgy and the Key note speaker at the gathering. Fr. Bill Byrne will be the homilist at the mass.

Enrique asked Cynthia, as Chair for the Assoc., to speak briefly after communion about the unity we have a an Assoc. of which Schoenstatt is a vital member. It is hoped that we would have a procession of banners from the Assoc. movements/communities prior to the beginning of the mass.

There will be a reception, which is free but an RSVP is requested, to register for the reception go to: www.schoenstattdc.org.

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MINUTES 3 February 2014, Pastoral Center


PRESENT:
Mary Young of the Focolare Movement (AEMNC Vice Chair)
Rick McKinney of Mother of God Community (AEMNC Secretary)
Jeff & Kathy Foley of Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Enrique Soros and Hugo Caceres of the Schoenstatt Movement
Aldofo Paglinawan of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Lito Constantino of Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Covenant Community
Magdalena Smoot of Prayer and Life Workshop
Manuel Aliaga of the Archdiocese (Liaison to AEMNC)

Guests: Christa Lolpiccolo Archdiocese’s Department of Life Issues
Kena Gonzalez, Events Planning

PRAYER: Representatives opened with prayer for the meeting and for the health and recovery of fellow representative Marge Sheehan-Swanke.

ADULT & FAMILY RALLY & MASS: Representatives evaluated the January 22, 2014 Rally and Mass discussing the speaker (great message but spoke too fast), the large screen in front of the altar (good example on how to set up and take down without a hassle), the music (lively & uplifting; perhaps could ask folks to stand and join in), the coordination (good as MC sat in choir area), gift bearers (names of gift bearers incorrect), the homilist (great message on point), and the turnout (good, but parishes need greater participation and it would useful to give a personal announcement & invite after Masses in our parishes). Christa Lolpiccolo noted that the average parishioner really needs to see a large body of Catholics enthusiastic about their faith and joyfully advocating for the sacredness of all human life.

100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION OF THE SCHOENSTATT MOVEMENT:
Hugo Caceres, regional coordinator of the Schoenstatt Movement, attended the meeting in order to share ideas on how should be the involvement of the Association sponsoring the celebrations in Washington of the 100th anniversary of the Schoenstatt Movement on Friday, 23 May 2014: at 5:00 pm a Mass at the crypt of the National Shrine, celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl, following a reception at the nearby Caldwell Hall, Catholic University of America. It was agreed to express the unity and charisma of each movement and community that member groups are encouraged to bring their banners in procession at the Mass, literature for a table at the reception, and perhaps AEMNC Chair Cynthia Donnelly could say a few words at the reception or the close of the Mass.

AUGUST 9 NATIONAL EVENT FOR ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AND NEW COMMUNITIES: Representatives discussed the January 20 request by the national working group consisting of Emanuele Contini (NeoCatechumenal Way), Bill Neu (Focolare) and Walter Matthews (Catholic Charismatic Renewal National Service Committee) to assist them in sponsoring a national conference/event on Saturday, August 9, 2014, at Good Counsel High School in Olney, Maryland in which Cardinal Wuerl will be celebrating Mass. The request indicated a need for an event coordinator and for volunteers to work in event promotion, transportation & parking, decorations & cleanup, sound & video systems, translation systems, music & printed lyrics, liturgy, food preparation & distribution, first aid, welcoming & ushering dignitaries, children’s programs, administration, registration, and finance. Representatives felt that these were very large requests but some of the needs like liturgy, promotion, ushering, getting volunteers and others would be doable by the AEMNC.

“JOY OF THE GOSPEL” BY POPE FRANCIS: Led by Enrique Soros, representatives discussed Pope Francis new book, “Evangelii Gaudium,” particularly paragraph 43 concerning the need for the Church to re-examine customs that no longer serve as a means to communicate the Gospel and to re-examine rules and precepts that may no longer have the same usefulness for directing and shaping people’s lives. It was pointed out by some that the Movements have been at the forefront of providing new vehicles to communicate the Gospel and deepen the spiritual lives of the faithful.

The meeting adjourned at 9:12 p.m. and the next meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2013.

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Minutes 6 January 2014, Pastoral Center

Present:
Cynthia Donnelly – Madonna House, AEMNC Chair
Mary Young of Focolare, Vice-Chair
Kathy & Jeff Foley – Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Enrique Soros – Schoenstatt Movement
Aldo and Margi Paglinawan – Couples for Christ Found. for Family & Life
Lito Constantino – Bukas Loob Sa Diyos (BLD)
Marge Sheehan- Charismatic Renewal
Abner Cauton – Couples for Christ

Kena Gonzalez – Event Planning
Christa Lopiccolo–Archdiocese of Washington

From the national organization of the Movements:
Bill Neu – Focolare
Walter Matthews – Charismatic Renewal

We discussed the upcoming Adult Rally and Mass for the March for Life on Jan 22, 2014. Kena and Christa alerted us to some of the things that are still pending, however these things are being taken care of by the Archdiocese. We are to arrive by 8:00am at St. Matthews Cathedral. The room we were assigned last year is the place to meet. Enrique is our Head Usher!

Bill Neu and Walther Matthews came to update us on the National Meeting of the Movements to be held on August 9 from 9:00am -5:00pm at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Olney, MD. There will be three main speakers, the topics being Holiness, Communion, and Mission and a few witness speakers as well.  Cardinal Wuerl will the celebrant and homilist at the closing mass. They will be looking to us to help with some of the work to be done and possibly offering hospitality to those who may be coming from out of town. They will be updating Cynthia as things move along and she will pass on the information to the rest of the us.

Enrique told us of the 100th celebration of the Schoenstatt Movement to be held in Washington on May 23, 2014. There will be a Mass in the crypt Church of the Shrine and a reception to follow at Catholic University. He asked that we be present at this celebration to show ourt unity with this movement. We will discuss at another meeting what that will be.

Next meeting will be on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014 @ 7:00pm at the Pastoral Center.

MINUTES 4 November 2013
We had a Mass at the Pastoral Center with the representatives of the movements, celebrated by Msgr. Filardi, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda. Afterwards we enjoyed an unofficial meeting with refreshments.

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MINUTES 7 October 2013


REPRESENTATIVES PRESENT: 

Cynthia Donnelly, Madonna House (AEMNC Chair)
Mary Young of Focolare Movement (AEMNC Vice Chair)
Rick McKinney of Mother of God Community (AEMNC Secretary)
Jeff & Kathy Foley of Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Abner Cauton of Couples for Christ
Magdalena Smoot of Prayer and Life Workshops
Margi Paglinawan of Couples for Christ Foundation for Family and Life
Lito Constantino of Bukas Loob Sa Diyos Covenant Community (BLD)
Marge Sheehan-Swanke of the Washington Catholic Charismatic Service Committee

 ECCLESIAL MOVEMENTS AS AGENTS OF A NEW EVANGELIZATION: Rick McKinney led a discussion of the above named document by H. Richard McCord in a USCCB newsletter.

CATECHETICAL DAY – OCTOBER 26, 2013: The AEMNC has a table for The Archdiocesan Catechetical Day at Bishop McNamara High School. Representatives signed up for two hour slots and were encouraged to bring their Movement or communities brochures. Registration for the conference, which includes lunch, is $20.00 for those who wish to attend the sessions.

NOVEMBER 4 MEETING: We will have a Mass celebrated by Msgr. Edward Filardi, starting at 7:00pm. After the Mass light refreshments will be served. Each representative may bring one guest to this mass. There will be no business meeting at this gathering

ADULT RALLY AND MASS FOR LIFE – WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2014:

It was decided that  Cynthia Donnelly will be the MC at the event and in following years the MC will be the present Chairperson serving the Association.  Kathy Foley volunteered to be the lector. Prayer and Life Workshop volunteered to provide three gift bearers.

OTHER MATTERS: Representatives discussed their meeting with Bishop Gonzales and priests serving in Hispanic Ministries. Cynthia will check with Manuel Aliaga to schedule AEMNC meetings at the Pastoral Center on the first Monday of the month for 2014. Rick McKinney stated that Marty Wild, webmaster at the Mother of God Community, has agreed to help us redesign our website at http://dccatholicmovements.org/.

SCHEDULED AEMNC MEETINGS AT 7:00 PM AT THE ADW PASTORAL CENTER:   November 4, 2013, December 2, 2013, January 6, 2014.