Springing Forward

I always look forward to the changing of seasons. Even this year, in Minnesota, where we just got 15” of snow on April 15th. Spring is a time of renewal, and for those of us at the National Catholic Sisters Week offices, it is a time to reflect back upon NCSW 2018 and to look forward to NCSW 2019.

We were blown away by this year’s NCSW participation. Not only did we have a record number of events – over 400 private, public and online events were held during March 8th – 14th, but we also saw a dramatic increase in engagement on social media. We loved all of the posts, photographs and videos that you shared – fantastic work! On behalf of my team here in Minneapolis, I’d like to thank you for your hard work and your continued engagement.

Now, I want to briefly talk a little about what we have in store for next year’s NCSW celebration. I want you to know what opportunities are available for event planning, support and swag – so that you can start thinking about what you might want to do to celebrate our 6th NCSW as a community.

  1. We will be offering Mini-Grants for 2019. Applications will be available on the NCSW website on September 1st, and due November 15th.
  2. We will also be offering NCSW t-shirts. We’ll be promoting our 2019 shirts on social media once our team of talented designers unveils the new design.
  3. We will also be offering NCSW in a Box – options to be determined! The sign up period for the boxes will be earlier this year – starting in September and boxes will ship in early January.

We encourage you to think about how our resources might help you to plan our most successful, and largest, NCSW celebration in 2019. We can’t wait to see what you will come up with next!

About Molly Hazelton

Molly Hazelton is the site director of National Catholic Sisters Week, headquartered at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. She credits her love, respect and admiration for Catholic sisters to her grandmother, Isabel, who was educated in nursing by the Religious Hospitallers of St. Joseph at Fanny Allen Hospital in Colchester, Vt. Molly is also a trained librarian, so please feel free to ask her for book recommendations.