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.”
The Daughters of Isabella held its 2016 International Biennial Convention at the Green Valley Ranch Hotel in Henderson, Nevada from August 7-10, 2016 . This year’s theme was “Love – Accept – Share”.
Opening Mass was held on Sunday, August 7.. In the absence of the Most Reverend Joseph A. Peppe, Bishop of Las Vegas, the Mass was celebrated by Father Trevor Scarfone, President of the Chaplain’s Committee and Trillium Ontario State Chaplain, concelebrated by our Episcopal Advisor, His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr, of Sherbrooke, Quebec and numerous State and Local Chaplains.
On Sunday evening, a special cocktail was served and appreciated by all.
On Monday morning, August 8th, members attended two workshops – The first presented was a Spirituality Workshop by Rev. Trevor Scarfone, State Chaplain of the Trillium-Ontario State Circle and His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr, our Episcopal Advisor. The second workshop was presented by International Vice Regent Susanne Suchy and International Past Regent Christiane Chagnon. At 2:00 pm, the business session began.
Approximately 350 Delegates, members and guests were registered for the Convention and in attendance at the Closing Banquet held on Wednesday evening, August 10th. Installation of Officers for the 2016-2018 term was held after the Closing Mass. Mrs. Aline Larabie, International Past Officer, presided at the Ceremony of Installation of Officers in the presence of our Episcopal Advisor His Excellency Archbishop Luc Cyr and numerous State and Local Chaplains.
The new International Officers elected are:
During the Mass, a special Memorial Service was held for deceased members of the Local, State and International Circles and Chaplains.
“A Mask Evening” was the theme for the banquet held on Wednesday evening followed by a fun evening of dancing.
The popular Walk-A-Thon to benefit Breast Cancer Awareness was held at 6:30 am on Tuesday, August 9th, with many, many members participating. Also, during the convention, a huge Respect Life Baby Shower was held, with hundreds of gifts donated by members of the United States and Canada circles.
During the business meeting, on Wednesday, August 10th, International Regent Diane Corriveau made a special announcement regarding the following charitable giving’s for the 2014-2016 period: Monetary Donations: $1,652,819.11 Volunteer Hours: 2 150 996 hours.
During the convention, awards were presented to the circles who were winners of the Cross and Crown Award and Isabella Award. Awards were also presented for membership and the circle with the most percentage of new members is: Lady of Grace Circle # 1414 of Tennessee with 35% of increase. Congratulations!
It was also announced that the next international Convention in 2018 will be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.
May and June of 2016 were busy times for Joan of Arc Circle #1405 of Metairie, Louisiana. In May the circle, in conjunction with the Knights of Columbus Council #8546, held the 3rd Annual Car Show entitled “Cruising the Do Drive-In” which was named for an old neighborhood theater. 100 classic cars were displayed. Door prizes, raffles, a wide array of concessions and commemorative t-shirts help them raise a net profit of over $7,000. The proceeds were split between the two groups for the benefit of their annual scholarships that promote Catholic education.
In June Joan of Arc Circle #1405 and the KC Council #8546 sponsored ‘God’s Special Children’s Luau’ for the GSC group. The GSC organization consists of folks with special needs and their families. These families celebrate mass at St. Francis Xavier Church on the first Sunday of each month in an informal atmosphere where the ‘children’ fully participate in the mass via readings, responsorial psalm, homily and Prayers of the Faithful. These children present special challenges to their families and the mass allows the families to gain strength through the companionship of others. Our parties (two a year) allow everyone to celebrate summer and Christmas together. The Joan of Arc Circle truly lives our motto of Unity, Friendship and Charity through their good works for their community.