Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington
M Mary, Mother of Mercy, lead us with grateful hearts to serve your Son, Jesus.
"Mary, Mother of Mercy, lead us with grateful hearts to serve your Son, Jesus."
The Archdiocese of Washington Sodality Union, organized in 1918, consists of approximately 67 affiliate parish Sodalities.
Our Lord Jesus asked the first apostles, and continues to ask His present day disciples, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38). In response to His invitation to “come and see” (John 1:39), each first Saturday of the month from September through December and February through June, Sodality Union journeys on a spiritual pilgrimage to a different parish in the Archdiocese. (JOIN US on our monthly pilgrimages!) We gather in prayer and fellowship, and assemble to conduct the organization’s order of business at a host parish.
With the Holy Eucharist as the summit, and through devotion to and in imitation of the Blessed Mother, Sodalists embrace healthy habits of mind and heart, as well as Christian virtues to be good and faithful citizens, and courageous and understanding leaders for our families, our parish communities and the greater society.
The aim of each Sodalist is to love and serve Jesus through Mary—our holy and humble model—and to achieve Spiritual growth and depth, using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that invite us to encounter God in our daily lives.
Sodality Union is led by the Executive Council, whose members are elected officers, appointed Committee Chairs, the Advisory Committee comprising of Sodality Union’s past Presidents, and the Spiritual Moderator appointed by the Archbishop. The Executive Council is entrusted to lead the group in a harmonious spirit of cooperation, generosity and respect; to enhance Sodalists’ spiritual life; and to engage each Sodalist in service for the common good of God’s people.
Sodality Union unites the voice of parish Sodalities and encourages participation in the many spiritual and apostolic events sponsored and celebrated throughout the year by the group and by the individual parish Sodalities.
The Archdiocese of Washington Sodality Union, a Marian organization, fosters spiritual and apostolic unity among the Church of the Archdiocese; and promotes a Sodality Way of Life, a pathway to Jesus through Mary—built on Faith, Hope and Charity—“for the Greater Glory of God.”
EXECUTIVE COUNCIL 2016-2018
Moderator: Rev. Fr. Pawel Sass (Our Lady Queen of Peace, Washington, DC)
Thank you to our outgoing officers for their inspirational leadership:
President: Shelia Parker (St. Benedict the Moor, Washington, DC)
Vice President: Margaret C. Johnson (St. Mary, Upper Marlboro, MD)
Treasurer: Cecilia Flores (St. Michael the Archangel, Silver Spring, MD)
Recording and Corresponding Secretary: Anita Williams (St. Benedict the Moor, Washington, DC)
Recording Secretary: Robin Pilkerton (Jesus Divine the Divine Word, Huntingtown, MD)
Thank you and God bless you, Robin, for your loyal service this term and the past term. We ask our Blessed Mother to continue to lead you to her beloved Son and that He bless you on your new journey. We will miss your warm smile and excellent minutes!
Parliamentarian: Colene Nelson-Harrison (Teresa of Avila, Washington, DC)
Historian: Cindy Perry (St. Hugh of Grenoble, Greenbelt, MD)
Recording (appointed ) and Corresponding Secretary: Anita Williams (St. Benedict
the Moor, Washington, DC)
Program Coordinator: Mildred Steptoe (Teresa of Avila, Washington, DC)
Spiritual Life Committee Chair: Lisa Williams (St. Gabriel, Washington, DC)
Apostolic Life Committee Chair: Jacqueline Wilson (Holy Angels in MD)
Membership Committee Chair: Barbara Curtis (Our Lady Queen of Peace, Washington, DC)
Junior Sodality Committee Interim Chair: Marie Brown (St. Francis Xavier, Washington, DC)
Ways & Means Committee Co-Chairs: Sherlene Duckett (St. Benedict the Moor,
Hospitality Chair: Doris Patterson (St. Columba, Oxon Hill, MD)
Special Services Chair: Bernadette White (St. Gabriel, Washington, DC)
Public Relations Chair: Cynthia Davis (St. Benedict the Moor, Washington, DC)
We congratulate and pray for our incoming officers:
Margaret Johnson, President; Lisa Williams, Vice President;
Edna Jacobs, Treasurer; and Marti Galvin, Recording Secretary!!!!
Past President’s Term and Name
1990-1991 Doris Edelin
1992-1994 Phyllis Toliver
1994-1996 Joan Butler
1996-1998 Graciela Stevens
1999-2001 Barbara Bechet
2002-2004 Alice D. Wilson
2004-2006 Katie Jackson
2006-2008 Marie Brown
2008-2010 Elizabeth Coefield
2010-2012 Cindy Perry
2012-2014 Mildred Steptoe
2014-2016 Olga Baeza
Our prayers for the late Audrey Sommerville (1986-1988) called to her eternal home June 2016. We also pray for the repose of the holy soul of Elsie Thomas (2016 Ways & Means Co-chair), who was called home this year of our Lord.
THANK YOU TO OUR VERY ACTIVE 2014-2016 Executive Council.
See link below for the 2014-2016 Biennial Report containing the EC's reports.
CONTACT US at ExecCouncil@SodalityUnionADW.org
PRAY THE ROSARY!