Catholic women celebrate DCCW’s 60 years of service

Categories: Around the Diocese

Sept. 27, 2013, edition
By Jennifer Janikula
For The Visitor

“Ordinary women doing extraordinary things” — that’s how Arleen Roelike, past president of the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women, described the 60-year history of the organization.

More than 130 members and supporters of the St. Cloud DCCW gathered at St. Wendelin Church in Luxemburg Sept. 21 to celebrate “60 Years of Leading Women in Faith and Service.”


Carol Brunn asks a question during the opening of the St. Cloud Diocesan Council of Catholic Women annual conference Saturday at St. Wendelin Church in Luxemburg. Paul Middlestaedt photos / For The Visitor

The celebration included Mass, lunch, speakers, prayer and door prizes.

Father Thomas Knoblach, the event’s keynote speaker and pastor of Holy Spirit, St. John Cantius and St. Anthony churches in St. Cloud, discussed the relationship between history and faith.

Inspired by Pope Francis’ recent encyclical “Light of Faith”, Knoblach explained that the past shines a light on our path today and into the future, and faith gives us the thread that weaves history together.

The beautiful stained-glass windows in the historic St. Wendelin Church also inspired Father Knoblach. He told attendees that the stained-glass windows filter light in the same way faith is filtered from person to person. The faith of women like Mary and St. Monica filter through history to our present time, he said.


In coming president Julie Moorhead-Miller displays a ballot during the DCCW conference.

Incoming St. Cloud DCCW President Julie Moorhead-Miller also spoke to the enthusiastic crowd. She promised to keep building on the strong foundation of the DCCW’s history.

Using a poem written by former DCCW board member Geraldine Jacobs Allen, Moorhead-Miller encouraged members to be women of hope:

We are sharers of love.
Helping others to cope.
Following the footsteps of Mary
We are women of hope.

Founded in in 1953 under the guidance of Bishop Peter Bartholome, the St. Cloud DCCW serves as an umbrella over the deanery-level women’s groups in the diocese including the Daughters of Isabella, the Christian Mothers and the Altar Society. The mission of the DCCW is to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service.

Arleen Roelike has been a member of the St. Cloud DCCW for ten years. A pastt-president as well, she enjoys the DCCW’s leadership opportunities and the faith-filled friends she has made from all of the world.

“We all have the same goal in mind, Roelike said, “to get women involved and to do good in the world. We respond with gospel values to the needs of the church and society in the modern world.”

If you are a baptized Catholic woman over the age of 19, you are already a member. To subscribe to the DCCW newsletter or to learn more about the DCCW, contact Arleen Roelike at or 320-282-9941.