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Popelka, Jacques attend CUF convention Aug. 6

Carmen Popelka and Joanne Jaques represented the Holy Family Catholic United Council of St. Pius X Church in Glencoe at the 133rd convention of Catholic United Financial (formerly Catholic Aid Association) Aug. 6. The convention was held at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, and there were 260 delegates present.
Bishop John LeVoir of New Ulm opened the convention with Mass, followed by reports from Harold Borrmann, president and chair of the board.
The keynote speaker was Joe Schmit, sportscaster for KSTP-TV, Channel 5, who spoke about his new book, “Silent Impact,” saying, “we make our biggest impact when we’re not trying. We must live a life of integrity and values.”
Catholic United Financial (CUF) had a good year despite low interest rates. Membership in CUF gives access to insurance and a variety of financial products.
Members volunteer in a variety of ways, fundraising for Catholic churches and schools, packaging personal care products for those affected by natural disasters and the homeless, and cleaning up after natural disasters and floods. Members also are eligible for scholarships and seminarians can receive grants.
The afternoon included interesting workshops and the election of three people to the board: Jean Hart of Cold Spring, Robert Krattenmaker of New London and Marty Seifert of Marshall.