Herald JournalHerald Journal, April 19, 2004

Regional Catholic women’s convention in Winsted

By Ryan Gueningsman

The Holy Trinity Council of Catholic Women will host the 46th annual New Ulm Diocese Council of Catholic Women Convention Saturday, April 24 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.

“Let Your Mercy be On Us” is the theme for the convention, and several speakers are lined up to address the attendees.

Rev. John Echert will present “St. Luke: The gospel of compassion” for the morning session, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Echert is a native of the Twin Cities area and a priest at the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis.

Ordained in 1987, Echert first served as an associate pastor at St. Rose of Lima parish in Roseville, after which he was assigned to the faculty of the St. Paul Seminary.

Echert writes a monthly column for “The Catholic Servant” and posts daily responses to Biblical questions on www.ewtn.com.

He is also the military chaplain for the Minnesota Air National Guard and is a frequent speaker on Biblical topics. He has spent much of the past two years activated in the Air Force as a Catholic chaplain, and returned from a deployment to Qatar, shortly before the start of the war in Iraq.

The afternoon session will feature Amy Kuebelbeck, who will present “Waiting with Gabriel: A story of cherishing a baby’s brief life.”

Kuebelbeck is an award-winning author of a book by the same title. She is originally from St. Joseph, and is a former reporter and editor for the Associated Press in Minneapolis. She has also written for the Star Tribune and Seattle Times.

Her book has been featured by many national media outlets, and she has also appeared on a national cable television show produced in New York.

The opportunity to purchase Kuebelbeck’s book will be available at the convention.

For more information, contact Rosemary Stifter at (320) 485-2504.

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