April 17, 2010 - Council of Catholic Women, Province of Hartford, 90th NCCW Anniversary Meeting and Eucharistic Celebration, Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT. Speakers included Patty Johnson, President, National Council of Catholic Women, Elizabeth Dreyer, Ph.D., Professor of Religious Studies at Fairfield University and author of Making Sense of God: A Woman's Perspective, and Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Papal Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations. Moderator and host for the day was Province of Hartford Director, Maribeth Stewart. Principal Celebrant and Homilist for the Liturgy was Archbishop Henry J. Mansell, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Hartford. Concelebrants included Archbishop Migiliore, Bishop Michael R. Cote, Bishop of the Diocese of Norwich, and Bishop Peter A. Rosazza, Auxillary Bishop of Hartford. Liturgical music was provided by Dr. Ezequiel Menendez, Director of Music, Cathedral of Saint Joseph, Hartford. Prayer to Our Lady of Good Counsel: God of heavenly wisdom, You have given us Mary, Mother of Jesus to be our guide and counselor. Grant that we may always seek her motherly help in this life and so enjoy her blessed presence in the life to come. O Mother of Good Counsel, patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women, intercede for us, that we may be wise, courageous, and loving leaders of the Church. Help us, dear Mother, to know the mind of Jesus, your son. May the Holy Spirit fill us with reverence for God's creation, and compassion for all God's children. May our labors of love on earth enhance the reign of God and may God's gifts of faith and living hope prepare us for the fullness of the world to come. Amen.
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