The first circle of the Order was founded in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1897, for the purpose of uniting all Catholic women in a sisterhood to achieve the following aims…
“You, as women, have your own gift to offer to the Church – a gift that is very precious and very needed.”
In March, the O’Reilly Circle #128 members joined the Edwardsville Knights of Columbus Council 1143 members in a prayer service, sponsored by the Knights, in honor of the Holy Family featuring the Icon of the Holy Family. Deacon Dan Corbett of St. Boniface Parish was the leader the service, with scripture readings by Edwardsville Council 1143 Grand Knight Lou Carnoali, and Daughters of Isabella O’Reilly Circle 218 Regent Robin Hake. Approximately 40 members of the Knights and the Daughters participated in this joint prayer service which allowed us to share our spirituality in Unity, Friendship and Charity with our local Knights of Columbus.
Each year St. Anne’s Circle #1332 hosts a Lenten Morning of Reflection as a spiritual gift to the St. Anne’s parish community. On February 13, 2016, the morning Mass was followed by a continental breakfast prepared by St. Anne’s Circle members. Single decade rosaries were given out to everyone who attended. Debbie Uhlich, St. Anne’s Circle Chancellor, organized the event and introduced the speakers. Sister Sharon Mello, S.H. F., a member of St. Anne’s Circle, presented a program entitled “Hidden Women”, which focused on four women of the New Testament who played distinct roles during the events surrounding the passion and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Members of the audience were asked to reflect and discuss their thoughts and insights on each of the women. Almost 50 women and men attended the Morning of Reflection. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to learn, share and deepen their Lenten spiritual journey in Unity, Friendship and Charity.