My dear CDA Sisters,
As I begin my term as State Regent, let me begin, by thanking you for giving me the opportunity to serve you, as your leader, in this office. Beginning on this journey with my fellow State Officers during the Easter Season is a gift. We see that there are signs of the Lord’s handiwork and blessings everywhere during this holy time.
St. John Chrysostom announces in his famous Easter sermon, all are invited to the feast: "Let all then enter the joy of Our Lord! These next two years will be a time of positive changes, and one, where a somewhat new sense of normalcy emerges, one filled with joy and hopefulness.
The readings of the day celebrating the Ascension of Our Lord gives each of us, as Catholic Daughters, our charge. St. Paul tells us in his letter to the Ephesians “to live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love, striving to preserve the unity of the spirit through the bond of peace.” Saint Mark then tells us, in his Gospel, that Jesus said to His disciples to: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” These words from Jesus and the expectations from St. Paul have been made crystal clear. Our time of quarantining is ending and we need to emerge and engage with the joy of the Gospel.
In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, let's take a moment and really reflect on the blessings we have received because of Our Lord’s resurrection and ascension, and what this means for us and the work that lies ahead of us as the New Mexico State Court. We have much work to do and accomplish. Together, we can live out the Gospel message that Saint Mark speaks about.
Thank you for being a Catholic Daughter and for all the good you do for CDA and for the Catholic Church. I am looking forward to visiting with you in person and hearing and reading about all the good works your courts are doing for your communities and parishes.
Dr. Catherine Collins
New Mexico State Regent