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.”
Stockton, California was the site of another new circle, Our Lady of Grace Circle #1444, which was instituted on Saturday, April 25, 2015, with 35 women, at The Church of the Presentation. Following the Conferral of Degrees, the Installation of Officers was held in Guadalupe Hall, with the State Officers officiating. Installing Officer was State Regent Virginia (Ginni) Savko. State Vice Regent as Mistress of Ceremony, Past State Regent and State Organizer, Yvonne Ritter. Monsignor Larry McGovern gave
his blessing, by placing his hands on the head of each of the new members of Our Lady of Grace Circle. The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree of Stockton served as Guards and escorted the ladies for the Installation of Officers.
Newly Installed Officers: Regent- Marji Mullins; Vixe Regent- Barbara Para; Honorary Past Regent- Gloria Nunez; Financial Secretary- Elizabeth Rodriguez; Recording Secretary- Monica Gutterres; Treasurer- Gail Gulick-Tucker; Chancellor- Rosemary Ponte; Custodian – Marie Sneed; Senior Auditor- Becky Vergano; First Auditor- Elizabeth Garrett; Second Auditor- Janet Armstrong; Scribe- Molly Johnson; Monitor- Cynthia Madrigal; Banner Bearer- Connie Contreras; First Guide – Ann Wall; Second Guide- Rosie Gutierrex; Chaplain – Fr. Surech
St Vincent de Paul Circle #211 sponsored a special program on saints and virtue (charity) for grade school girls after church on every other Sunday morning for three months. Circle members participated as prayer partners, while others led the group. Circle members gave presentations and provided pictures on a particular saint studied. Finally, the members donated small prizes for the girls when they memorized a scripture passage. This activity is a fine example of our efforts to encourage our young girls to strengthen their faith. It also demonstrates our members working hand-in-hand with our youth and introduces them to the good works of the Daughters of Isabella.