Mullen Award highlights OACCW convention
Women from across the archdiocese shared faith, inspiration and fun at the 92nd convention of the Omaha Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (OACCW) Sept. 26.
About 160 women attended the daylong event titled "Divine Mercy, Source of Hope – Let Us Become Women of Mercy" at St. Patrick Church in Fremont.
"It was a joy filled day," said Theresa Pavlik, OACCW’s immediate past-president and member of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Verdigre.
"The focus was God’s mercy … and I think women walked away really feeling loved by God as they search for a deeper relationship with Jesus."
The event included Mass, celebrated by Archbishop George J. Lucas and nearly a dozen priests of the archdiocese, a keynote address titled "Mater Misericordia: The Marian Face of Mercy" by Father Mark McKercher, associate pastor of St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, and an update on pro-life efforts by Tom Venzor, executive director of the Nebraska Catholic Conference (NCC).
The council honored Mary Krysl, a member of St. Boniface Parish in Stuart, with the Mullen Award, given each year to the OACCW member who best exemplifies the life and service of the council’s third president, Mary Mullen.
Krysl was awarded an engraved medallion for her service to OACCW. The group’s financial secretary for the past nine years, she also served more than 10 years on the OACCW board.
Guests also enjoyed a roast of Father James Kramper, pastor of St. Peter de Alcántara Parish in Ewing, St. John the Baptist Parish of Deloit Township in rural Holt County, and St. Theresa of Avila Parish in Clearwater.
In his last year as the council’s spiritual director, Father Kramper was honored for his service to OACCW and was roasted by brother, Dr. Ralph Kramper, a member of St. James Parish in Omaha, who told amusing stories about the priest.
The upcoming year’s officers were installed at a pre-convention dinner Sept. 25. They are: Mary Lux of Sacred Heart Parish in Norfolk, president; Linda Kerkman of St. Boniface Parish in Elgin, first vice president; Lauren Bopp of St. Peter Parish in Omaha, second vice president; Jill Carl of St. Joseph Parish in Lyons, secretary; and Mari Beth Bassette of St. Mary Parish in Laurel, treasurer.