Past President Communique #2 – Pat Deppiesse – Nov. 21, 2016
“Know for certain,…that I am the perfect and perpetual Virgin Mary, Mother of the true God…I will give all my love, my compassion, my help and my protection to the people. I am your merciful mother… the merciful mother of all those who love me, of those who cry to me, those who seek me, of those who have confidence in me. Here I will hear their weeping, their sorrow, and will remedy and alleviate all their multiple sufferings, necessities and misfortunes.
Let nothing discourage you, nothing depress you; let nothing alter your heart or your countenance…. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else that you need?”
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 9, 1531 to Juan Diego
Having just read “Mother of the Americas”, by Robert Feeney, I am inspired to send you the above quotation and hope you enjoy reading it as I did. December 12, 2016 is the 485th anniversary of the apparitions in Mexico City. If you have an opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe to view the actual image, I encourage you to do so, you will always cherish that time.
Archives and History
As I have been collecting items for our Archives, I have developed an Index, or list of items that the provincial level needs to have in every term’s archival material. I am attaching a list that I have developed for the provincial council that you may wish to edit and use for your diocesan councils. So far, with the help of several members, I have collected most things needed for my term, and that of Doreen Gowans, and Nancy Simms and am working on filling the Index for Marianna Caldwell and of course, for our current president.
I encourage diocesan past presidents to prepare a list of what you want to preserve in your Archives going forward. If you do prepare a list, would you consider sending it to me and to the other past-
This week, I met with Gloria Gausboel and Jenny Shaw, who are part of my team for Archives, to review the binders of pictures that have been given to me. We put together a collage of pictures of provincial executive and special events that we will save for the terms of the past-
I would like to remind you to share your communiques with myself and the other six diocesan past presidents. We love to hear your great ideas, and by working together, we learn from one another.
Policy & Procedures (P&P)
Does your diocesan council have a P&P? If you do, it is the responsibility of the Past-
How are you doing in your role as past-
As we enter into the season of Advent, let us remember the prayer of Pope Francis: “And you, our Lady, through your grace, your intercession, and your example, deliver us from all evil and untie the knots that prevent us from being united with God, so that we, free from sin and error, may find him in all things, may have our hearts placed in him and may serve him always in our brothers and sisters.”
Wishing all of you a happy and holy Christmas with your loved ones and friends,
Love and blessings,