"Deus Caritas Est - God is Love "
June 19-24 at Holy Names University
The San Francisco East Bay Chapter hosted the 38th biennial National Convention of Kappa Gamma Pi Holy Names University, in Oakland, CA!
The theme for this convention was inspired by Pope Benedict's recent encyclical with the same name. The convention started off with LRP and national board meetings, followed by productive national business meetings, provocative speakers, fun-filled social events, inspiring liturgy, bountiful food service and a beautiful location. It was a synthesis of good components for a week of Kappa activity!
Highlights of the Convention
2007 National Convention Talks
- Dr. Sheila Gibson: "One Love, Many Loves"
- Fr. Michael Sweeney: "Theology of Deus Caritas Est"
- Anna Horen: "Deus Caritas Est and the Spirituality of Marriage"
2007 Faith and Service Award
The 2007 Kappa Gamma Pi Faith and Service Award was presented during the banquet to two very deserving recipients! National I Vice President Pat Baumgarten awarded Faith and Service Medals to Cynthia Canning, SNJM and Rosemary Delaney, SNJM, co-founders and directors of Next Step Learning Center in Oakland, CA. Next Step is a non-profit organization with the goal of teaching reading skills to men and women over the age of 17. The center helps clients prepare to take the GED high school equivalency exam. The efforts of the honorees, their staff and volunteers echo Kappa's service project supporting literacy initiatives!
Cornaro Scholarship Committee selects three 2007 recipients
The Cornaro Scholarship Committee announced the winners of the 2007 KGP scholarship competition! The prestigious Cornaro award, open only to Kappa members, may be used for graduate expenses at any accredited university.
Recipients of $3000 scholarships are:
- Ernest Shungu Mavunga (Marygrove College, MI, '06), Farmington, MI
- Lynn Angela Rombi (University of San Diego, CA, '07), Monterey, CA
- Travis Anthony Peters (Mount Mercy College, IA, '06), Cedar Falls, IA
The 2007 scholarship competition was judged by five Kappas who used an objective, numerical point system assuring fair consideration to all applicants. Funding comes totally from member donations. Applications for the 2008 scholarship competition will be available this fall from the KGP National Office or at affiliated colleges. Stipends will be $3000, nonrenewable.
The first speaker of the convention was Rev. Michael Sweeney, OP. Rev. Sweeney, the keynote speaker for the Kappa convention, spoke on the topic "The Theology of Deus Caritas Est." To read the full text of his talk, click here!
During the banquet, the New Orleans Chapter excitedly announced plans to host the 2009 National Convention!
Kappa Tote Bags
San Francisco East Bay Chapter Members provided new, expansive tote bags for National Convention Delegates! The National Office purchased a supply of these bags to sell to the general membership.
The tote bags are a pretty dark gray and burnt orange color combination with the Kappa key and name printed in orange. They have a 28" handle for hand and shoulder carrying. A larger front pocket has a velcro closure. A side mesh water bottle/umbrella pocket is accessible from the inside. The larger main compartment has a tie closure. The tote bags are made of 600-denier polyester with PVC backing, and measure 15½" x 13½" x 3".
Each tote bag is only $16.00, which includes shipping to anywhere in the country! Order from the National Office by mail: 10215 Chardon Rd., Chardon, OH 44024-9700 or by e-mail.
Check the July 2007 issue of the KGP NEWS for more about the convention!