Sodalists to right of Chapel of Loreto, 
replica in Prague

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

       PRAY THE ROSARY!    

FEBRUARY 2016 - - ADW Women's Conference:  Divine Mercy in Prayer and Action--God bless and thank you to all who attended the fulfilling day of prayer, fellowship, learning and sharing at the Annual Conference and special thank you to all who visited our display!

FEBRUARY 11, 2016 - - THANK YOU TO ALL WHO JOINED US ON OUR MARIAN TOUR at the FRANCISCAN MONASTERY.  We encourage parish Sodalities to plan a Marian tour with your parish!

Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington

was delighted in 2015 to welcome Pope Francis to Washington

with prayers on behalf of

Fr. Michael Briese, Moderator, and affiliated parish Sodalities.
Assumption (DC), Church of the Incarnation (DC), Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (DC), Holy Family (Hillcrest, MD), Holy Redeemer (MD), Jesus the Divine Word (MD), Mount Calvary (MD), Nativity (DC), Our Lady of Fatima (MD), Our Lady of Mercy (MD), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (DC), Our Lady Queen of Peace (MD), Our Lady of the Wayside (MD), Shrine of Sacred Heart (DC), Sacred Heart (La Plata, MD), St. Anthony of Padua (DC), St. Augustine (DC), St. Benedict the Moor (DC), St. Bernadette (MD), St. Bernadine of Siena (MD), St. Bernard of Clairvaux (MD), St. Columba (MD), St. Dominic (MD), St. Elizabeth (MD), St. Francis de Sales (MD), St. Francis Xavier (DC), St. Gabriel (DC), St. Hugh of Grenoble (MD), St. Jane Frances de Chantal (MD), St. John the Baptist (MD), St. John Baptist de la Salle (MD), St. Joseph (Largo, MD), St. Luke (DC), St. Margaret of Scotland (MD), St. Martin of Tours (DC), St. Mary (Bryantown, MD), St. Mary (Landover Hills, MD), St. Mary of Piscataway (MD), St. Michael the Archangel (Silver Spring, MD), St. Philip the Apostle (MD), St. Raphael (MD), St. Thomas Apostle (DC),

St. Thomas More (DC), St. Teresa of Avila (DC)

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Thank you to His Holiness for his apostolic blessing to Sodalists in response to our 2016 SPIRITUAL BOUQUET!

The Goal of our life is to live with God Forever.
God, who loves us, gave us life.
Our own response of love allows God's life to flow into us without limit.
All the things in this world are gifts of God ....
(from St. Ignatius Spiritual Exercises)

         Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington

                                        Mary, Our Mother, intercede with Jesus to help us do whatever He tells us.


Sodality Union Events

Sodality Union “serve[s] as a voice of the Sodalities [throughout the Archdiocese] so that they may speak and act as a unit in Christian values.”  Members from all parish Sodalities are invited to join us on our monthly “pilgrimage” to host parishes throughout the Archdiocese.  Come learn about and share in the spiritual and apostolic works of Sodality Union.

Join us our monthly pilgrimages-click below for this term's Calendar!

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Congratulations to the Cardinal Hickey Scholarship winners:

Sharon O'Brien   
Margaret Johnson  
Sherlene Duckett  
Elaine Wilson   
Alberta Ford   

Note that the recording of the drawing is unavailable, but we congratulate the winners listed below.  Thank you all who participated to assist the Archdiocese scholarship fund.

To all who attended the telephone conference, please send the information reported at the meeting for posting here and access to all Sodalists.

Have a blessed Holy Week.  See Pray With Us page for information about online Masses.

March 2020 Letter from the President

Dear Prefects and Moderators:
   God bless us doing these trying and uncertain times. The entrance antiphon for today's Mass is very apropos for the situation we are experiencing - "As for me, I trust in the Lord. Let me be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you have seen my affliction." (Ps.31) Pope Francis' Prayer re. the coronavirus is on the Sociality Union website.
   As you know, because of restrictions imposed to stop the spread of the coronavirus, we cannot hold the April General Meeting at Holy Comforter/St. Cyprian Church. However, we will conduct a meeting via conference call. 
The meeting is scheduled for April 4, 2020, at 9:00 AM. Please join the meeting by calling (425} 436-6308, Access Code 859041#.
   Normally, the James Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Raffle is held at the April meeting. The Raffle will be held as scheduled, but in an abbreviated manner. The raffle will be held at Our Lady Queen of  Peace Church at Noon; it will be recorded and a limited number of Soda lists will witness the raffle.
   The Nominations and Election Committee is assembling a slate of candidates for the election of officers for 2020-2022 Sodality years. The Bylaws permit the nomination of candidates at the April meeting. If you wish to nominate a Sodalist(s) for the President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer positions, you may do so during the April 4 meeting; self-nomination is permitted. The information required with the nomination, viz., a biographical sketch and a recommendation from the pastor should be available for immediate delivery to the Committee. Thank you for your help with this important requirement.
   At the February General Meeting, Maxine Hart, Chairperson of Jr. Sodality, stated that plans were underway for a tribute for mothers at the May General Meeting. Because of the current conditions, that activity is being postponed.
Because of the coronavirus the Annual Lenten Retreat had to be cancelled. Helen Awatefe,  Spiritual Life Chairperson, is working with Treasurer Edna Jacobs to refund payments made for Retreat.
   We are continuing with plans for the June 6, 2020, General Meeting and the Commission of Officers Biennial Luncheon. That meeting is scheduled be held at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 3800 Ely Place, SE, Washington, DC 20019. Tickets for the luncheon will be available at the May General Meeting; the cost is $35.00. Joyce Thomas, Hospitality Chairperson, is the contact for the luncheon.
Remembering that we are in the protective arms of Mary, I look forward to speaking with you during the conference call on April 4. 





   this Lenten Season and special blessings this Palm Sunday

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​​​​Words shared by Sodalist Lynn Hill:  It’s exciting that so many of you have accepted the opportunity to be consecrated to Mary.  As Sodalists we recognize that the surest way to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is through His Immaculate Mother.  Father Michael Gaitley’s “33 Days to Morning Glory” is a wonderful book . . . . 

Father Gaitley calls his updated and simple book “a Marian consecration for the Third Millennium.  Each week the book focuses on a different saint who lived and wrote about his/her devotion to Mary.  On your journey to Jesus through Mary, you’ll read and ponder messages from St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillan Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, and St. Pope John Paul II.  The last five days contain a review of the writings.

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  •        Many attended a Parliamentary Workshop on October 12, 2019 at St. Thomas

                    More Catholic Church, 4275 4th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20032.  A Sodality Union

                   partnership with St. Teresa of Avila and St. Thomas More Sodalities. 


  •        WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE:  Cardinal Hickey Scholarship tickets are
           due by March 31, 2020.

  •        APOSTOLIC LIFE COMMITTEE:  Everyone who attended this year's Christmas 
           enjoyed the lovely Sodality gathering.  Thank you to Joyce Thomas, Hospitality
          Chair, and her committee for planning this seasonal event.

  •         What are Sodalists reading?   Letters to My Lord:  Intimate Conversations with

                  Christ by Daniel A. Lord, S.J. is stirring rich, intimate conversations between God

                   and Sodalists.  (Sodalists:  share your thoughts for posting  on the website by emailing 


  •        APOSTOLIC COMMITTEE:  Thank you to all who submitted names of your fellow parish
          Sodalists' called home November 2018-October 2019; details to follow requesting
          donations for annual Sodality Union donation.   

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October 2018

Thank you to all Sodalists and guests who celebrated with us the memorable 100th Anniversary of Sodality Union Archdiocese of Washington! 

St. John Paul II National ShrineWashington, DC

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Thank you to all who came to learn and share as we journey in faith this new term, and thank you to our host parish Holy Family!!  See Orientation flyer at the link below.


2016-2018 TERM IN REVIEW! 

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May our Blessed Mother continue to bless

all host parishes who have welcomed Sodalists to their beautiful parishes this term.

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Parish Sodality Prefects continue to be invited to gatherings hosted by the Advisory Council.  We invite all to general meetings to continue sharing words of Wisdom with fellow officers
and Committee Chairs--always special days of worship, learning and networking.

Continue to stay tuned for exciting plans for Sodality Union's 2018 100th Anniversary!

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Thank you to all who contributed to the lovely Remembrance of Deceased Sodalists in November and for all Sodalists in December.

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December 16, 2017 Walking Tour of the Museum of the Bible

The Bible - A Family Pilgrimage was a special time of Spiritual Learning

For All who joined us on Saturday, December 16, 2017.

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Thank you to all who joined Father and the pilgrimages who lovely shared their  photographs and blessings experienced July 2018 


Warsaw * Krakow * Budapest * Vienna * Prague

Mass Celebrated Daily

Sponsored by Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington


Prayer intentions were also sent Fr. Sass   

at  Your prayer intentions

traveled with the pilgrims to the many altars in Warsaw, Krakow, Budapest, Vienna and Prague. 
The pilgrims who journeyed together you July were blessed in countless ways and look forward to sharing our special adventures with you.  Coming soon.

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The Apostolic Committee invites Sodalists to become aRosary Group Leader for the Children's Rosary Prayer Group  in your parish.  Who will teach children about Our Lady and her requests to pray the Rosary?  Our Lady of Fatima appeared to children ages 6, 7 and 9!  Sodality facilitator's will receive teaching materials that include Children's Rosary: Mysteries of the Rosary CD, Rosary of Children booklet, and other helpful materials.  Ask us Jackie Wilson how you can become a Rosary Group Leader. 
God Bless the many Sodalists who have already committed to bringing this very 
special devotion to the future of our Church! 

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2014-2016 in Review
Thank you to all who participated in Sodality Union's
Annual Cardinal Hickey Scholarship Event!

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God bless St. Luke's Sodality  for hosting Sodality Union's closing meeting this June.  We are also grateful to Sister Sara Dwyer for sharing stirring words of inspiration about our devotion to the Blessed Mother and the guidance in engaging youth in our lives in conversation about the beautiful devotion that leads Sodalists to Jesus through Mary.

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The  Month of MARY

We thank our May host parishes St. Joseph's Catholic Church and Holy Angels Catholic Church for the beautiful Crowning of Mary and the warm southern Maryland welcome!

This year's Lenten journey we were inspired by the words we received from Father Sass at the Retreat to go forth with courage--beyond the retreat--and ask ourselves, "what is the cross in my life?"  We are to make time the remainder of this Lenten season to contemplate this so that when we kiss the cross on Good Friday, we may have clarity of that cross.  "Yes, I am afraid of this cross," but with complete trust we will turn to our merciful and gracious Lord who will take us out of this fear of the cross on Easter Sunday!  Yes, I believe in the Resurrection!  Father's resounding closing words at the retreat:  GOD LOVES YOU! 

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We thank all who join us for Junior Sodality's day of prayer and learning.  Youth (and parents/sponsors) will visit the American Indian Museum on MAY 13, 2017.   The day's schedule:

8 AM         Youth and ALL Sodalists are invited on this Feast of Our Lady of Fatima to attend Mass at

                 St. Peter's Catholic Church, Second and C St., SE, Washington, DC

9 AM         Walk to Museum

10 AM       Enter Museum

1 PM         Lunch at Museum's cafeteria.  After lunch continue museum visit.
                 Who is St. Kateri Takakwitha?  Who is St. Katherine Drexel?  Come learn! 

This event continues the Junior Sodality Committee's invitation at the General Meeting at OUR LADY OF PERPETUAL HELP to share with our area's youth WHAT JUNIOR SODALITY IS ALL ABOUT, which includes to know of:


The Junior Sodality Committee thanks you for your support in sharing our love and devotion of the Blessed Mother and her example with our young people

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We thank our April host parish St. Thomas More Catholic Church.  May our Blessed Mother intercede for our host parish Sodalists and Father's special intentions. 

And, of course, thank you to all who participated in this year's Cardinal Hickey's Scholarship Fund and congratulations to all winners!  Thank you Elsie Thomas & Sherlene Duckett, Ways and Means Co-chairs for planning and organizing this year's special annual event.  Sodality Union is blessed to continue its support of this worthy contribution to our Archdiocese's Catholic school children--the future of the Church, of Catholic families. 

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At the March General Meeting at Nativity Catholic Church we were blessed with a warm, vibrant and spiritually rich talk by our guest speaker Carol Monaco of Our Lady of Bethesda and Editor/Writer of Journey to Our Lady in publication for over ten years.  We thank Carol with our prayerful gratitude for sharing a written copy of her presentation available below.  As we approach the 100th Anniversary of Fatima's first apparition, Carol opened our hearts, inviting us with her words, to like Mary. embrace "all that Our Lady holds dear--God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit," and reminding us that "our mission" is to pray and do good works for the rest of our lives."  Enjoy!

Also in March, it was a weekend of blessings for all who attended this year's Lenten Retreat at the Washington Retreat House, with Fr. Pawel Sass, Retreat Master.  It was a special time of friendship, prayer, Reconciliation, and Eucharistic celebration.



Theme:  Reconciliation, Renewal ... Embracing the Forgiveness

                                                  of the Risen Lord 

Do not fear anything.  It is to keep you in peace that I place [a] priest between your soul

and Myself.  The words he will speak to you are My words.  Reveal to him your

                  soul’s greatest secrets.  I will give him light to know your soul (Diary, 232).                       


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2014-2016 In Review