Meeting with Archbishop Gómez – 2017
After seven years and four presidencies of trying to get a meeting with our new Archbishop Jose Gomez we were finally successful in 2018 when Connie Perales was our President. We wanted to know how Archbishop Gomez saw the value or role of ACCW within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and what programs or actions he would like us to initiate or participate in with other departments.
The first response to our request for a meeting with the Archbishop was that we were to meet with Sr. Mary Elizabeth Galt, Chancellor/Director of Pastoral Services.
Connie Perales, exceptionally skilled in leadership and diplomacy, invited three other past presidents, (Ilegra Evans, Marilyn Mathers, Loretta Tyson) to be involved in and attend this meeting. Connie assigned Marilyn Mathers (one of the past presidents and current Communications/Media/Web Site Chair) to research and put together as much background information on ACCW as she could find. This turned out to be a sort of “where are we coming from – where are we at – where would we like to be going”. CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT “CONNECT SO YOUR VOICE MAY BE HEARD”.
The meeting with Sr. Mary Elizabeth Galt was very successful and rewarding. She was generous with her time listening intently to each of us and our experiences and concerns in our areas of expertise. Sister concluded that we should meet with the Archbishop and put into process for a date to be set.
The date for the meeting arrived and Connie Perales, the three past presidents and our Spiritual Advisor, Msg. James Gehl were at the Catholic Center in the Archbishop’s conference room. Archbishop Gomez entered the room and immediately won our hearts. He is so charismatic, pastoral and the twinkle in his eye tells you fun. The meeting began with Connie giving a report that totally spelled out ACCW’s structure, functions and mission CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT.
She then called on Marilyn Mathers to chronicle ACCW’s history CLICK HERE TO READ THE REPORT. The Archbishop told us how he grew up in a family of four sisters and he was the only boy. This gives him a special sensitivity to women’s needs, concerns, skills and gifts. Msgr. Gehl then brought up our place within the Archdiocese and how best the Archbishop could help us. He suggested a letter go out to all pastors introducing them to ACCW and how we could function and assist their parishes.
The Archbishop then discussed where we could be most helpful suggesting we work closely with the Department of Family Life and said he would write a letter for us and send it to all Parishes and Departments.( READ ARCHBISHOP’S LETTER HERE). The meeting concluded, after more than an hour, with the Archbishop approaching each of us individually with a warm goodbye.
History of our Website
MARILYN MATHERS, serving as Communications’ Chair, presented the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Board of Directors with the concept of having an ACCW Web Site. Having nothing but an idea and enthusiasm, she was confident that if we prayed and it was God’s will, it would come into being. We were pleased with all we were able to accomplish using the Internet and now nearly a decade later, again after much prayer, we have three Web Sites which we are updating and improving.
Mary Pat May was the Executive President at the early talking stages and beginning inception of the attempt to launch an internet presence. Today she is the Immediate Past President. Mary Pat May’s encouragement and hundred percent backing was an essential element that enabled Marilyn to proceed. Anne-marie Robertson, Ilegra Evans, Nancy Glenn and today Judy Perez are the presidents that followed and were all extremely supportive of our website.
The women who comprise the ACCW Board of Directors deserve a great deal of the credit for bringing this web site about. Even though many of them did not have access to the Internet, they shared the vision of the good that could be accomplished by promoting the Lord’s work using the latest of technology. Their greatest contribution, however, was the confidence they had in the ability of prayer to make something happen and the hundreds of prayers offered up for this Web Site. Today most of our women ‘surf the net’ and use email.
Fernando Uribe, President and Executive Producer of Pluribus Media, was the essential element necessary to bring us online. Connecting with Fernando came about in a seemingly miraculous way. A woman in his parish suggested we contact him. We found him to be a man of strong faith and extremely talented as an artisan and technician. The design and technical implementation of this Web Site are the result of his unique abilities, including his courtesy and patience working with us neophytes to the Internet World.
Reviewing a Bit of Our History
Excerpted from “His Eminence of Los Angeles” Volume II by: Msgr. Francis J. Weber 1997
Coat of Arms
of Los Angeles’ Archbishop José Gómez
Archbishop Gómez and ACCW LA Members