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46th Biennial Texas State 2009 Convention

Feature story and photos by Terrie Vacek

The 46th Biennial Texas State Convention of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas (CDA) was held April 23-26, Convention Center, in McAllen, Texas. State Regent Carolyn Bachmann asked for a theme that would reflect genuine faith without borders. "One Faith, One Body, One Lord of All" quickly became the convention theme. Bachmann said, “Catholic Daughters are one, no matter what our color or descend, we are one in unity with Our Lord.” The artist, Manuel Hinojosa interpreted that idea into his beautiful watercolor of Christ reaching out to the world and the convention committee reproduced it for the convention program and banner.

The State Board Luncheon served as the kick-off activity for the State Convention providing an opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to those who have worked so hard over the last two years enabling Texas CDA to excel. Carolyn Bachmann, State Regent, portrays her vision of teamwork in a story she wrote; “Together We Are Strong”

Have you ever taken a toothpick to see how easily it can be broken standing alone? Try breaking 3-4 toothpicks and see the strength there is in numbers. Catholic Daughters are very much like this. One member standing alone can accomplish small tasks. Take three or four members with their talents and ideas combined, and the strength that is developed among these women will be felt by many. Texas Catholic Daughters have carried out my theme of “Together We Are Strong.” They have proven through their works of service to others that Texas members abound with love and commitment to the service of Our Lord.

Certificates of Appreciation and a Glass Cross were presented to State Chairmen and District Deputies by State Regent Carolyn Bachmann. Plaques were presented to the State Board; Reverend Donald Ruppert, State Chaplain; and Reverend John Peters, JCDA State Chaplain. State officers, State Chairmen and District Deputies presented Regent Bachmann with a cross necklace. Lupita displayed a large selection of shawls during lunch and demonstrated the various ways to wear them. District Deputies and State Chairs spent the afternoon in Convention Committee meetings.

The 2009 Convention opened with Mass at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan Del Valle. Celebrants were The Most Reverend Raymundo J. Pena, Bishop of Brownsville; Most Reverend Donald Ruppert, Texas State Chaplain and National Clergy Consultant, East Bernard; and the Apostolic Administrator, Diocese of Brownsville. Also participating were Junior Catholic Daughters of the Americas (JCDA) State Chaplain, Reverend John Peters, Hallettsville; several Priests and Deacons.

The Diocese of Brownsville Chamber Choir served as Music Ministers for the Opening Mass with approximately 900 people in attendance. Honor Guards from the Fourth Degree Council of the Knights of Columbus, Our Lady of Guadalupe Province, District 4 led the formal procession with the gold, white, red, blue, black and purple robes of the Officers from 176 of the 230 Local Courts; District Deputies from 39 of the fifty six (56) districts; 21 of the twenty seven (27) State Chairmen; six (6) Past State Regents; the State officers for 2007-2009 Carolyn Bachmann, State Regent, Scotland; Sheila Martinka, First Vice State Regent, Houston; Carolyn Malik, Second Vice State Regent, Shiner; Peggy Rosales, State Secretary, Austin; Eve Trevino, State Treasurer, Corpus Christi; followed by National Director, Duchess Collins of Sugar Land and National Regent, Libby Ramirez of Victoria.

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