Kansas City Metropolitan Ladies of Charity has the honor of hosting this year’s National Assembly of the Ladies of Charity USA. The meeting will convene September 15 – 17, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency Crown Center Hotel. The theme of the Assembly – Embrace It, Drive It, Change It – challenges each member of our organization to respond proactively to the world we serve as it undergoes rapid and myriad changes locally, nationally, and internationally. An array of speakers and workshops focusing on systemic change will engage our interests and touch us spiritually.
Fathers Richard Gielow C.M. and Robert Gielow C.M. will give the keynote address. Father Richard Gielow C.M. has Masters degrees in Theology and Religious Education. He is listed in the Midwest and Religious sections of Who’s Who in America as a “Well Known Preacher and Retreat Director.” He is the Director of the Vincentian Parish Mission Center in Kansas City, MO and the National Spiritual Advisor for the Ladies of Charity. Father Robert Gielow C.M. has Masters in Counseling, Divinity and Religious Studies and Pastoral Studies. He served as the Director of Vocations for the Midwest Province of Vincentians for four years. Both brothers are members of the Vincentian Parish Mission Team offering interesting and dynamic retreats throughout the United States.
Sister Caroljean Willie D.C., Carrie Rosetti and Kristy Childs are three of our other presenters.
Sister Caroljean Willie, a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati, serves as NGO representative for the Sisters of Charity Federation at the United Nations. A true advocate for the poor, she is a gifted writer, educator and lecturer. Sr. Caroljean recently attended the Vincentian Family meeting on Systemic Change for the North American continent in Belleville, IL in November 2010.
Carrie Rosetti is the Executive Director of the Kansas City Coalition Against Human Trafficking. Serving as the Human Trafficking Case Manager for Hope House, Carrie worked with the Justice Department for the Western Missouri region helping to prosecute violators of the human trafficking laws. This region has the highest success rate in the country in these kinds of prosecutions. Carrie is presently working on a Masters in Social Welfare at the University of Kansas.
Kristy Childs is the founder and president of Veronica’s Voice, a rehabilitation program for victims of human trafficking. Kristy testified before Congress at President George W. Bush’s Summit on Human Trafficking before passage of the current law.
Two tours have been planned. The first will be the Truman Presidential Library and historic Independence, Mo including the Truman Home, Independence Square, the Mormon area and church Community of Christ Temple. The second tour will include a driving tour of notable Kansas City sites including the River Market, Country Club Plaza, Power and Light district, city fountains and the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. This tour ends at the nationally recognized Liberty Memorial World War 1 Museum with a guided tour.
Please mark the dates on your calendars, so that we can all join together from across the country to show our spirit and commitment to making this year’s assembly a great success.