The Archdiocese of Washington Sodality Union, organized in 1918, consists of approximately 67 affiliate parish Sodalities.
Our Lord Jesus asked the first apostles, and continues to ask His present day disciples, “What do you seek?” (John 1:38). In response to His invitation to “come and see” (John 1:39), each first Saturday of the month from September through December and February through June, Sodality Union journeys on a spiritual pilgrimage to a different parish in the Archdiocese. (JOIN US on our monthly pilgrimages!) We gather in prayer and fellowship, and assemble to conduct the organization’s order of business at a host parish.
With the Holy Eucharist as the summit, and through devotion to and in imitation of the Blessed Mother, Sodalists embrace healthy habits of mind and heart, as well as Christian virtues to be good and faithful citizens, and courageous and understanding leaders for our families, our parish communities and the greater society.
The aim of each Sodalist is to love and serve Jesus through Mary—our holy and humble model—and to achieve Spiritual growth and depth, using the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius that invite us to encounter God in our daily lives.
Sodality Union is led by the Executive Council, whose members are elected officers, appointed Committee Chairs, the Advisory Committee comprising of Sodality Union’s past Presidents, and the Spiritual Moderator appointed by the Archbishop. The Executive Council is entrusted to lead the group in a harmonious spirit of cooperation, generosity and respect; to enhance Sodalists’ spiritual life; and to engage each Sodalist in service for the common good of God’s people.
Sodality Union unites the voice of parish Sodalities and encourages participation in the many spiritual and apostolic events sponsored and celebrated throughout the year by the group and by the individual parish Sodalities.
The Archdiocese of Washington Sodality Union, a Marian organization, fosters spiritual and apostolic unity among the Church of the Archdiocese; and promotes a Sodality Way of Life, a pathway to Jesus through Mary—built on Faith, Hope and Charity—“for the Greater Glory of God.”
The Sodality Union of the Archdiocese of Washington is blessed to have celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2018!
Moderator: Rev. Fr. Pawel Sass
Our Lady Queen of Peace, Washington, DC)
President: Lisa Williams
(St. Gabriel, Washington, DC)
Vice President: Martha (Marti) Galvin
(St. Hugh of Grenoble, MD)
Recording Secretary: Joyce Thomas
(St. Luke, Washington, DC)
Treasurer: Janet Johnson
(St. Augustine, Washington, DC)
Correspondence Secretary: TBA
Historian: Cindy Perry
(St. Hugh of Grenoble, Greenbelt, MD)
Program Coordinator: Mildred Steptoe (Teresa of Avila, Washington, DC)
Spiritual Life Committee Chair: Helen Awatefe (St. Mary's Church, Landover Hills, MD)
Apostolic Life Committee Chair: Sharon O'Brien (Resurrection, Burtonsville, MD)
Membership Committee Chair: TBA
Junior Sodality Committee Interim Chair: TBA
Ways & Means Committee Chair: Bernadette White
(St. Gabriel, Washington, DC)
Hospitality Chair: TBA
Website Co-Editors: Olga Baeza (St. Michael, Silver Spring, MD) and Cecelia D. Johnson (St. Augustine, Washington, DC)
Past President’s Term and Name
1990-1991 Doris Edelin
1994-1996 Joan Butler
1999-2001 Barbara Bechet
2002-2004 Alice D. Wilson
2004-2006 Katie Jackson
2008-2010 Elizabeth Coefield
2010-2012 Cindy Perry
2012-2014 Mildred Steptoe
2014-2016 Olga Baeza
2016-2018 Shelia Parker
2018-2020 Margaret Johnson
Our prayers for our very dear friends
who were called home to their eternal rest over the past few years.
Graciela Stevens was called home February 21, 2022. We are deeply saddened by the loss, yet thankful for Graciela's Sodalist's example in her loving devotion to Our Blessed Mother,
THANK YOU TO OUR VERY ACTIVE 2014-2020Executive Councils.
See link below for the 2014-2016 Biennial Report containing the EC's reports.
The revised edition of Sodality Union Manual containing the Bylaws is coming soon!
Sodality Union 100th Anniversary Mass (2018)
Sodality Union "unite[s] the Sodalities of the Archdiocese in a fourfold bond of Community: (a) a common Commitment; (b) a common way of life; (c) a deep concern for all; and, (d) a filial love for Mary." (Sodality Union Manual)
The Sodality Union Executive Council thanks all Sodality members for uniting with us in our spiritual journey, and remains in prayer to Jesus through Mary with affiliate parish Sodalities:
Assumption (DC), Church of the Incarnation (DC), Holy Angels (MD), Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian (DC), Holy Family (MD), Holy Redeemer (MD), Jesus the Divine Word (MD), Mount Calvary (MD), Nativity (DC), Our Lady of Fatima (Riverdale Park, MD), Our Lady of Mercy (MD), Our Lady of Perpetual Help (DC), Our Lady Queen of Peace (MD), Our Lady of the Wayside (MD), Shrine of Sacred Heart (DC), Sacred Heart (MD), St. Anthony of Padua (DC), St. Augustine (DC), St. Benedict the Moor (DC), St. Bernadette (MD), St. Bernadine of Siena (MD), St. Bernard of Clairvaux (MD), St. Columba (MD), St. Dominic (MD), St. Elizabeth (MD), St. Francis de Sales (MD), St. Francis Xavier (DC), St. Gabriel (DC), St. Hugh of Grenoble (MD), St. Jane Frances de Chantal (MD), St. John Baptist de la Salle (MD), St. Joseph (Largo, MD), St. Luke (DC), St. Margaret of Scotland (MD), St. Martin of Tours (DC), St. Mary, Our Lady of Fatima Shrine (Barnesville, MD), St. Mary (Bryantown, MD), St. Mary (Clinton, MD), St. Mary (Piscataway, MD), St. Michael the Archangel (Silver Spring, MD), St. Philip (MD), St. Pius X (MD), St. Raphael (MD), St. Thomas the Apostle (DC), St. Thomas More (DC), St. Teresa of Avila (DC), St. Catherine Laboure (MD), Mother Seton (MD), St. Vincent de Paul (D)
Sodality Union “serve[s] as a voice of the Sodalities [throughout the Archdiocese] so that they may speak and act as a unit in Christian values.” Members from all parish Sodalities are invited to join us on our monthly “pilgrimage” to host parishes throughout the Archdiocese. Come learn about and share in the spiritual and apostolic works of Sodality Union.
“Each Sodality duly authorized by the Ordinary within the Archdiocese of Washington shall be eligible for membership. … The General Body shall include individual members of all affiliated parish Sodalities.” Affiliated parish Sodalities' are invited to send their annual dues by September 30 directly to our Treasurer. For direct contact information, please see the president’s monthly letter sent to all Prefects via email or contact us at ExecCouncil@SodalityUnionADW.org. .or "Contact Us" below.
All our fellow Sodalists are invited to journey with us at Sodality Union monthly general meetings.