Vancouver Diocesan President Oral Report to 2017 Provincial Convention – Angelina Stiglich
For those of you who don’t know me, I am Angelina Stiglich, the new president for the Diocese of Vancouver. I have been President for a short 6 weeks and it has certainly been a flurry of activity to transition our new Executive Team into their positions. I am very excited to be working with a strong, committed group of women who have answered “yes” to God’s call and are committed to being leaders in the Vancouver Diocesan Council.
I have been a member of the Vancouver Executive Council for 6 years and in that time, our Council has focused on being the “teaching arm” of the CWL. We have accomplished this by presenting informative workshops at our meetings, providing members some time to share their experiences and have also held some meetings where our reports focus on a common theme, such as Palliative Care or Leadership. When meetings become stale and repetitive, fewer councils choose to give up a Saturday to attend. My goal will be to continue to provide plenty of teaching moments so councils can feel more empowered to run effective meetings and attract more members. As we are such a large Diocese, with 4512 members registered as of December 31st, 2016, it is imperative that we try to keep things fresh. I will continue to rotate the meetings throughout the Regions, as this has proven to be popular.
Member councils of our 6 regions rotate planning annual events, such as the Diocesan Convention and the alternating Priest’s/Sisters’ Appreciation Dinners. I would like to see the regions develop strong synergies to strengthen their working relationships. This is one of the issues I will be broaching with my new executive when we meet for our planning retreat in September.
I have a new theme, which will be rolled out at our first General Meeting in September. My hope is it will inspire women to dig deep, find their hidden gifts and share them with their sisters. We are women of grace, dignity and faith and are focused on making the world a better place. As I noted in my oral report for our Diocesan Convention, and to paraphrase Maya Angelou: “I think a hero is any person really intent on making this (world) a better place for all people.” Isn’t that a great way to epitomize what we as Catholic Women’s League members stand for – working together for God and Canada as ordinary every day heroes.
I look forward to working with all of you every day heroes over the next 2 years of my term as president.
Thank you and God Bless!
This concludes my report