Southwest Associate Gathering was a Sunny Celebration
By Bev Oliveri, Co-Director, Associate Relationship
On the weekend of February 7-9, sisters and associates from California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas gathered in El Paso for the Southwest Regional Catalyst Meeting. The Catalyst presentation and discussion was facilitated by Sister Deb Fumagalli and Sister Rosemary Reier.
In addition to our Catalyst focus, there was also time to reflect and walk in the Texas sunshine. The international team, along with the ULAF Provincial Team, joined the group for supper and discussion on Friday night. On Saturday night, we celebrated all the February birthdays. We enjoyed a delicious cake, and birthday greetings were sung in both English and Spanish to Sister Elsa Canan, Cathy Berg, Carleen Schendzielos, Nancy Rupp, and myself. We ended the evening by playing a delightful game. Sister Rosemary won a stuffed bear, which was sent to associate Socorro Perez, who is in hospice.
The weekend was blessed with friendship and Texas sunshine. Thanks to all who made this such a wonderful gathering.
Cookies Bring Holiday Cheer to Meal Program Guests
By Sister Rosemary Reier, Director, Associate Relationship
Last month’s associate cookie baking project was a great success! We were able to send 115 boxes for distribution among the guests at St. Ben’s Community Meal program. A team of sisters and associates, including prospective associate Tina Rawlins and associate Mary Jane Dimsey, joined the project by baking and assembling, and 25 associates made financial donations for the project, which we used to purchase containers, candy canes, and ribbon. We will use the remainder of the donations this spring for a women’s shelter project. Thank you to all who joined us in this Christmas project!