Published August 24, 2006
As the culmination of its 50th anniversary celebration, the Atlanta Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (AACCW) will host its annual convention at the Wyndham Peachtree City Conference Center on Sept. 8-10.
This convention, as in the past, is a time for women from all over the archdiocese to come together to pray, celebrate and enjoy one another’s company while listening to speakers and sharing ideas.
Registration will begin at 3 p.m. on Friday. The celebration will begin with the rosary prayed in five different languages at 7:30 p.m. followed by the president’s reception, bingo and 1950s music. As a nostalgic part of the 50th anniversary, attendees are encouraged to wear clothing that would have been popular in 1956.
Saturday will begin with registration from 7:30 to 9 a.m. with an 8 a.m. opening Mass celebrated by AACCW spiritual moderator and pastor of St. Joseph’s Church, Marietta, Father Paul Berny. Concelebrants for the Mass will include Father Dan Fleming, pastor of St. Mary Magdalene Church, Sharpsburg, and Father John Walsh, pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Peachtree City. Mass will be followed by a general business meeting, which will include a short history of the organization given by Marie Doyle, a former AACCW president.
Frank Mulcahy, executive director of the Georgia Catholic Conference, will also give a presentation and will speak about current political debates that are important to Catholics.
Workshops will be held at 11:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., including one given by Cindy Terrebonne, state task force coordinator on family violence, and the other given by Sue Colussy, attorney and director of Immigration Services for Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. These same two workshops will be repeated in the afternoon from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. allowing everyone a chance to attend both workshops.
Jerry Aull, executive director of corporate training for the Maximum Impact Group of Atlanta, will be the keynote speaker at Saturday’s luncheon and will focus his talk on leadership.
From 3:45 to 5 p.m. the various deaneries of the AACCW will hold their deanery meetings.
Saturday will conclude with a dinner banquet at 8 p.m., featuring a comedian and storyteller from LaGrange.
The closing Mass will be celebrated Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. by Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, who will also give the keynote speech at the brunch immediately following Mass.
Registration for the entire meeting is $115 per person, which includes the luncheon, banquet and brunch.
The Wyndham Peachtree City Conference Center is located at 2443 Highway 54 West.
To register for the AACCW convention, call Joan Brown, executive vice president of the AACCW, at (770) 948-4849.