Women’s council honors Bishop Loverde

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Liz Schiavone, president of the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (ADCCW), recently wrote a letter to Pope Francis in which she praised Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde's support of women and families during his 16 years as thw diocese's shepherd.

Schiavone read the letter Aug. 28 at the organization's annual luncheon and presented Bishop Loverde with a spiritual bouquet consisting of 50 Masses, rosaries, Divine Mercy chaplets, acts of kindness and holy hours from ADCCW members. Schiavone also recognized the contributions of Father Frank Ready, former ADCCW chaplain, who died earlier this year.

Bishop Loverde expressed his gratitude for the faithful support of Schiavone and the ADCCW board and encouraged the women to attend the biannual Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington Oct. 3.

The bishop said this year's pilgrimage "is a unique moment in the life of the church" because it follows the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia and precedes the World Synod of Bishops in Rome.

"It's important for the women of the diocese to be very active," he said.

The ADCCW co-sponsors the annual women's conference with the Office for Family Life. The 2016 conference will be held March 12.

Schiavone reminded the group that the annual Peace and Justice conference will be held Sept. 5 at Marymount University in Arlington, while the annual Marriage Jubilee Mass will be celebrated Oct. 25 at St. Agnes Church in Arlington.

"We need people to be articulate about their faith through their witness," Bishop Loverde said. "This is a beautiful diocese made beautiful by all the people in it."

The bishop encouraged the women's council to find different ways of engaging young people.

"Let's welcome the Holy Father and listen to what he has to say," said Bishop Loverde, referring to the upcoming visit of Pope Francis to the United States.

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