The National Black Sisters Conference hosted the National Gathering for Black Catholic Women, July 27-29, 2001, in Charlotte, North Carolina. The opportunity of a lifetime was presented to Catholic women in the then Diocese of Galveston-Houston when the Office of African American Ministries invited women from parishes with an African American presence to participate in this historic experience. Many women responded to the call, and they met at the Chancery at St. Dominic in the spring of 2001 for informational meetings. The Houston group had high energy as they made their decision to attend. “Sisters in the Spirit” was the name chosen for the Houston group and committees were put in place to plan the trip. The majority of the women chose to travel to the conference by bus. A 28-hour bus trip to Charlotte would give the women opportunities to network, share personal stories, build relationships, and bond as Christian women. Bishop Joseph Fiorenza graciously donated funds for a charter bus; the women registered, selected workshops, ordered tee shirts, were interviewed and photographed.
RED ROSE – The red rose is the organization’s official flower. It represents sacrifice, immortal love, health, memorial, and passion. The most common interpretation is that the rose symbolizes an immortal love or a union that will never fade, even through time or death. Historically, in Christian lore, a rose bush was said to have grown at the site of Christ’s death. His blood is often associated with a red rose and combined with its thorns, symbolizes the ultimate sacrifice.
The single long-stemmed red rose symbolizes a union that will never fade. It will always connect us in a very special way.
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The Archdiocese’s connection to Mother Delille continues today. One of the bells in the new Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was named for Henriette Delille. The first line reads, Mother Henriette Delille; the second line has the donors’ names, Raye and Edward White Family; and the last line reads: “To the Honor and Glory of God.”
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