SERVICE - Community Concerns Commission

2018 ACCW Convention Resolution:


Purpose:  To increase our understanding of the issues surrounding human rights and family well-being. 

Whereas, Archbishop Bernard Hebda reaffirmed Pope Francis’s call for all Catholics to grow in our understanding of the experiences of our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters in a way that increases solidarity; and 

Whereas, Legislation will have an impact on many immigrants and refugees now living or hoping to live in the United States; 

Resolved, That Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women (ACCW) members will educate themselves on the issues and realities of immigration reform and seek to educate others; and

Resolved, That ACCW members will advocate with direct communication to the Congress of the United States to pass comprehensive immigration reform to keep families together and free from fear of deportation with a fair system based on legal presence and legal entry.


Chair: Mickey Nickelson

(Resource) Physical/Mental Health (for all ages): Rose Anne Hallgren 651-698-0497

Our Lady of Peace  Home: Kathy Halverson

Environmental Concerns (rural life, conserve, safety): 

Dignity and Vocation of Commission  Madonna Russo

Domestic Violence: Marge Sehnert

Mental illness is among the leading causes of ill health and disability worldwide. Treatments and positive help are available, yet many fail to seek help. Christmas time is especially difficult for both the family and the person who is ill. NAMI, National Alliance on Mental health is an organization whose only goal is to educate and direct persons affected by mental illness to get help. Their number is 651-645-2948 and they are located in St. Paul north of University Avenue at 800 Transfer Road Suite 31 St. Paul, Minnesota, 55114.Guild Incorporated is a service oriented organization with a national reputation. They are located south of downtown on Wabasha Street. They service our whole metropolitan area. Call 651-645-2948 This organization was founded by The Guild of Catholic Women, to raise funds and awareness to assist those with mental illness by providing education, counseling and basic need provisions.

Rose Anne Hallgren,  Physical/Mental Health V.C.

Prayer for Those With Physical or Mental Illness

Oh Jesus you appreciate my fears, peculiarities and dreams.
You feel my loneliness, and my pain from taunts or neglect.
For you suffered for us and you suffer with us.
You offer hope and rewards in heaven, but no instant fixes.
Sometimes Jesus I am so happy I cry tears of endearment.
But many times I am so depressed and alone, I cry tears of endurance.
Please help me Jesus to cope with my daily burdens until
I obtain the grace & strength to live my life you so graciously gave to me.
Help me to embrace your love and guidance.

Thank You, Jesus.


I have just watched “ a DVD from Netflix about mental illness and I recommend that you view it also.  It is uplifting, informative, professionally produced and worth your time to watch.  It is less than 30 minutes and titled “Shadow Voices, Finding Hope in Mental Illness”  ---You can also access it at
Let me know what you think of it.  Rose Anne Hallgren, Physical/Mental Health V.C.