A new millennium.
A "new springtime" for the Church. A "new evangelization".
After a long winter we welcome the signs of new life, new growth, promise, hope, that come with a new springtime. But as any gardener (or any housewife) knows, there is always a lot of work to do to prepare for renewal pruning, cleaning, re-focusing our sights.
Lent seems an appropriate time for such efforts.
In keeping with the season (and with the Holy Father's constant urgings about our part in the "new springtime"), we decided to do a bit of reorganizing at Women for Faith & Family.
The most obvious change in this first issue of Voices of 2001 is its appearance. (We hope you can judge a book by its cover!). You will see on the masthead opposite some even more striking signs of promise for the coming year and beyond.
We want to introduce, very briefly, the new members of our staff whom you'll be getting to know in these pages. (There may be more additions, but we are so delighted by our new Editorial Board that we couldn't wait to tell you.)
Voices readers already know Mary Jo Anderson, whose insightful reports on follow-ups to the fateful Bejing Conference on Women have appeared in Voices. Mrs. Anderson, who lives in Orlando, regularly appears in Crisis Magazine, and on World-Net Daily. She helped draft WFF's Statement on CEDAW last year, will be monitoring developments at the UN and will help co-ordinate WFF's further activities on this important front.
Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, humanities professor at Emory University in Atlanta and a convert to Catholicism, is a recognized authority on feminism. Her 1996 book, Feminism is Not the Story of My Life, describes her disenchantment with the feminist movement. Her husband, Eugene Genovese, also a professor at Emory, was a noted advocate of Marxism before his return to the Church.
Sheila Gribben Liaugminas, a journalist and former writer for Time magazine, lives in Chicago with her family (including two teen-age sons). For the Jubilee Year she wrote a series of essays on pilgrimage churches in Rome which were published in Adoremus Bulletin.
Kathleen Reeves will be exploring culture issues for Voices. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with her husband, noted historian and author, Thomas C. Reeves. The Reeveses are former Episcopalians who entered the Church in 1997. Professor Reeves addressed the WFF conference that fall.
Donna Steichen is well-known to WFF members. Her regular "Other Voices" column will continue commentary on current events in the Church and world.
Nancy Valko, St. Louis, president of Missouri Nurses for Life, will continue her analysis of health-care and pro-life issues in her "Bioethics Watch" column, and in WFF's online "magazine" About Medicine and Morality.
We heartily welcome these clear voices, and are grateful to have them as co-workers in the vineyard. We believe you will be looking forward with as much anticipation as we are to the first flowering of WFF's "new springtime" in the Pentecost 2001 issue of Voices.
We pray that you will have a fruitful Lent, and a Blessed Easter. And we hope you will remember us in your prayers.
Sincerely in Christ,
Helen Hull Hitchcock
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