from the Reverend Redactor

Volume 6                                                           January   2015

Two Pastors, three PNC's, one National Commander, two CWV chaplains. 



The Awards Committee is responsible for seven awards:

1) HONOR ET VERITAS: To an outstanding American. Must have achieved national or international prominence in their respective field.
2) CELTIC CROSS: For outstanding achievement in promoting zeal and devotion to God, Country and Home. Again, musthave achieved national or international prominence.
3) FATHER WASHINGTON AWARD: To a Catholic person for the performance of an act of heroism.
4) AMERICANISM NEWS MEDIA AWARD: To a newspaper, radio, tv station or an individual for outstanding promotion of loyalty and patriotism to our nation via the media.
5) OUTSTANDING POST: To the post which has the best overall program participation in all of the programs set forth on the national level.
6) MOST OUTSTANDING CATHOLIC WAR VETERAN: To the individual who, in the opinion of the National Department, has contributed most to the betterment of CWV. Must be a Catholic in good standing. 
7) SANCTITY OF LIFE AWARD: To acknowledge exceptional service on the national or regional level in promoting pro-life activities. 

Nominees may be submitted for one award only, and nominations should be accompanied by a biographical sketch in triplicate, typewritten and double-spaced. Information should include educational, professional, marital, community, civic, patriotic and any other data justifying the submission of nominees. All Posts, Chapters, Departments, and individual members of the National Board of Officers, including Department Commanders, can submit nominations.

Nominations should be sent to:      Russell Bilodeau
21 Quincy Street
Manchester, NH  03102


While we had an "official" membership drive in November, bringing in new members, whether for the CWV or the Auxiliary, is something every member should work at every day. 

One on one recruiting is often the best. Carry a couple of brochures with you whenever you go out. Ask people. Often all it takes is for someone to be asked. Wear a CWV cap or windbreaker, and when people ask what that's about, be prepared to tell them. If everyone in the CWV brought in one new member - instead of complaining about the people who don't do anything - we'd be in great shape!  

There is a video - here is a link - 

And here is a link to a flyer - there is LOTS of information and help on the website to aid in your recruiting efforts.

If you have a question you can't answer, if you need help or brochures, call the national office and Karen or Dave will help you. 


The Catholic Veterans Service Foundation has been formally approved by the IRS, in other words they have granted the foundation tax exempt status, which means that an individual or company that makes a donation can take that gift as a tax deduction. Encourage your friends and members to help support our work by contributing to the CVS Foundation. There will be more news shortly concerning the election of officers and plans for the future. 

Donations to the foundation may be designated for specific use by the CWV or the Auxiliary, but checks or payment designations must be to the foundation to qualify.  

If you have not visited our Facebook page, you should. And when you do, "Like" our page, leave a comment, increase our visibility on Facebook.
We are also on LinkedIn

Mass cards are available all year long through the CWV. Instead of having Masses said by another group when a loved one dies, or to celebrate a special occasion, chaplains in the Catholic War Veterans have volunteered to say those Masses for your intentions. You may also buy the cards in advance, so you have them when you need them. Just alert the office that you are using the card, and what the intention is. 

Thank you for your support of this important work, and a special thanks to our Chaplains, who are volunteering to help support this special project. 

Start Planning NOW!!

What are you doing to prepare for the National Convention?

Are you coming? Are you going to bring your family?
Are you or your Post taking an ad in the Convention Program? Your business? 
Have you contributed to the work of your Post in preparing an album? Nominating someone for an award? 
Do you have suggestions to make? For our Constitution or By-Laws, ways to make the convention better? Have you shared them, or just grumbled to your friends? 

There are hard-working members who are doing a lot to prepare for our time in Las Vegas - they can always use help, and it can always be better. Think about what you can do to make this a better national convention. 

The Sun Coast is the hotel where we will be having our 2015 National Convention. It is a large facility with many options for family fun, including bowling alleys, golf courses (yes, plural!), and many restaurants. Click on the link below for more information and a video.


 Rooms other than Friday and Saturday will be $45, and $79 for Friday and Saturday. The CWV rate will also be valid for three days before and three days after the convention dates. 

Airport transportation is available by public transit - $2 one way - and they require exact change. The hotel also has a shuttle that runs on every odd hour, and the local Post has two mini vans that will also be available. 

There will be  winery tour on Monday as well as a bowling tournament. There will also be workshops in basic computer skills and about Service Officers, for both candidates and those interested in receiving benefits. The Hospitality Room will open each night at 7:30 PM, parking at the hotel is free, the public transport bus runs into the Strip and the possibilities of having a Mass at a local Church and having individuals take part in a service project are being investigated. Two large Malls are nearby, and the hotel v/ans will take you to the malls. 

As additional details become available they will be posted on the CWV web site. Reservations can be made at 866 636-7111 or online at the link below. Use the code A5CWC08. 


Happy New Year! 

Only 48 weeks to Christmas! But there is a lot to do before we start worrying again about what to buy or where to go. There are department conventions, school and community projects, finding and involving new members, and of course, the national convention in Las Vegas. 

Additionally, each member of the CWV and the Auxiliary should be individually active, as far as he or she is able, to carry out the ideals of the organization in daily life. That can mean everything from actively volunteering to writing a letter to the editor or making a phone call to a legislator. But even though we know the strength of our organization, it is also true that one person can often make a difference. It is not always necessary to wait for someone else to take action; sometimes one person can be the inspiration to start a whole movement. It is important to remember too that even when we work alone, Jesus Christ is always with us. 

Three weeks from today we start the great season of Lent. A lot of people will talk about sacrifice, and some will talk of preparation. Veterans know about sacrifice; they also know the value of solid preparation. During these days leading up to Easter, let us keep our country in our prayers, as well as our leaders, our comrades in the CWV and the Auxiliary, and especially the young men and women who continue the proud tradition of service in the armed forces. Let us pray for wisdom for ourselves, and energy, and above all, peace in our hearts. 

Do something good for yourself today.

Fr. John R. Sheehan, SJ
National Chaplain

(Please feel free to share events in your area)


February 4
Commemoration of the 4 Chaplains

February 13
Birthday of National Commander Finkel

February 16
Presidents Day observed

February 18

February 22
Birthday of Bishop Protector Higgins

March 17
St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City. All CWV and Auxiliary are welcome to march under the CWV banner. This is an important year to show a Catholic presence. 

March 21/22
Queens Chapter Convention & Banquet

April 5

April 10-12
Dept. of Ohio convention

April 24-26
Dept. of New Hampshire convention

April 30 - May 2
National Board Meeting

May 16/17
Dept. of NY Convention & Banquet

August 9 - 16
National Convention - Las Vegas 


If you've already given a gift earlier this year, thank you. Can you do it again? If you make the check or credit card slip out to the foundation, your gift is now tax deductible. If you want to designate your gift for the Auxiliary or to support a special project, you can certainly do that and we will honor your request. 

Thank you for all you've done in the past - and if you get a little extra back from the government, think about sharing that.