The merger of St. Mary, St. Hugh and Mater Christi churches into one parish also meant combining groups within the formerly separate parishes. Each had viable women’s groups which came together and will now be known as St. Paul VI Women’s Society.

That merger brought together the three women who had served their individual parishes as group president — Susan Kahler from St. Hugh, Carol Dvorak from Mater Christi and Teresa Hall of St. Mary. Each woman brought to the new society their own personal strengths and talents.

It has long been a tradition of the Archdiocese of Chicago to recognize those gifts with an annual luncheon. The honorees are chosen by their individual groups and, from now on, will be chosen by the new St. Paul VI Women’s Society. This year the honoree was Carol Dvorak who served Mater Christi Church for a long time and continues to serve as co-president of the society.

Joined her to be recognized was Gerry Dulik, also of Mater Christi, who was last year’s honoree. However, last year’s luncheon was not held due to COVID-19. She also has been a longstanding member of the Women’s Guild, as Mater Christi’s group was formerly known.  Mary Ann Doornbos of St. Hugh Church was also recognized for her many years of service.

The St. Paul VI Women’s Society welcomes any and all women from the area to their meetings, which are held monthly at Mater Christi’s Marian Room in the basement of the church, 2401 10th Ave. in North Riverside. 

Along with a brief business meeting, there are refreshments, a program and worship services. Those in attendance receive information pertaining to the parish, and the meetings are pleasant social gatherings for women of all ages. Many of the members are second generation attending with their mothers, like Carol Dvorak and her mother Betty, both longtime Mater Christi parish members and supporters.

The new co-presidents of the St. Paul VI Women’s Society will be Dvorak and Susan Kahler. They are in the process of forming a board and planning for a new year. For further information contact the parish office at 708-447-1020.