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Focus on the Saints

St. Catherine of Bologna's Spiritual Weapons

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By Jennie Guinn, Spiritual Director


When you live your life for God, you can leave a legacy for years to come. One example of this is St. Catherine of Bologna who continues to encourage others in their faith over 600 years later. 


She was born in 1413 in Bologna, Italy and 300 years later she was canonized a saint. St. Catherine dedicated her life to God by committing herself to prayer, poverty and service. She was recognized for her profound devotion to Christ and the Virgin Mary. St. Catherine was also admired for her humility, obedience and love for others, which are traits we each strive for. 


With her great wisdom and counsel she wrote a timeless treatise, The Seven Spiritual Weapons. This work is still relevant today for all those who seek to know, love and serve the Lord. Here is a brief summary of each of the spiritual weapons and how you can apply them to your life.

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Welcome to the New Board

The Board of Directors (2023-2025)

Every two years, the Nashville Catholic Business Women's League elects its Board of Directors.

The new board will serve alongside newly-elected President Claudia Weber who started her term in April 2023 and will lead us through March 2025.


The new officers are:

President:  Claudia Weber

President-Elect:  Sandra MacSweeney 

Treasurer:   Karoline Mahoney

Secretary:    Trish Cronin

Communications:   Patricia M. Smith

Programs:   Mary Rolando

Parliamentarian:   Connie Allison

Other Committee chairs who are joining the board are as follows:

Membership:   Ellen Wade

Social Outreach:   Carol Ann Fernandez

Social Media:   Kelley Jeanne Colopietro

Spiritual Life:   Jennie Guinn

Hospitality:   Tricia Casa Santa

Special Events:  Courtney Conklin and Lauren Barca

President's Monthly Message


“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.” (Psalm 32:8)

President  (2023-25)

By now, graduations have taken place with much to celebrate in our own families and for those we support and applaud.


Our League congratulated and sent cards to our senior scholars:

  • Mia Picchietti, Pope John Paul II High School

  • Naomi Mejia, St. Cecilia Academy

Wishing them well as they take their next educational steps. In speaking to representatives at both schools, I heard a lot of enthusiastic comments about both graduates. 


Our May meeting is detailed in the minutes (see Meeting Highlights) and was a rousing success supporting Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming Women’s Build this month in Lebanon, TN.


On June 21, we will hear from Melanie Scott from Nurture the Next, a local maternal/infant program with a mission “to see all children in Tennessee thriving in safe, stable and nurturing families and communities.” A tall order, but with success stories to share. Please bring diapers and/or new infant/toddler items. We would like to “shower” this program.


On July 19, we host Shana Druffner, J.D., M.S., the first principal of St. Michael Academy (which will eventually be our fourth Catholic High School for scholarship support). She will give us a wish list of most needed teacher supplies.


We continue to meet at Coco’s Italian Market on 51st/Charlotte Ave., a Catholic-owned family business with friendly service and wonderful food.


Lauren Barca and Courtney Conklin will be recruiting a “squad” to help them with the October 6 Pearls of Wisdom evening event at Richland Country Club. Summer is upon us with travel and time off, but I am already reaching out to potential table and program sponsors.


A successful fundraiser with lots of attendees offers us great fun and the funding needed to keep up the good work of cheering on more graduates!


Thanks again to all who have responded in a timely manner to membership renewals and meeting RSVP’S and especially to those who bring a friend!


Also, if your business or parish event needs a boost, please send brief announcements to Communications Chair Patricia M. Smith, Patricia will also coordinate with Kelley Colopietro for social media messages.



Claudia Weber

NCBWL President 2023

P.S. We are happy to announce that each month we will have a profile of a saint on the website. With Spiritual Director Jennie Guinn's help, we will celebrate the saint and look for ways for us to emulate their spiritual efforts.

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June Focus: Nurture the Next

Melanie Scott looks to the future

Melanie is a native Nashvillian and descends from two large Catholic families. She attended Holy Rosary Academy and Father Ryan High School. She graduated from the University of TN in Knoxville and came straight back to Nashville to build a career and a family. She’s been working in the nonprofit/social service industry for more than twenty years.


She came to Nurture the Next 7 years ago when they were actually Prevent Child Abuse Tennessee. Connecting with others and raising money when it comes to the betterment of people, especially children and babies, has been a no-brainer for Melanie. She relies on her big heart that she proudly wears on her sleeve to guide her through life. She’s passionate about her work and extremely passionate about her family.


She’s married to a hilarious and stubborn, Lee Scott, who is a diehard Preds' fan and an excellent cook. They have two hilariously stubborn children – Laney who’s 15 and a 4th generation Father Ryan High School student and her little brother Kellen who is 7 and a rising 3rd grader at St. Henry School. Melanie loves spending time with them as well as with her extended family. She loves walking in Warner Parks, sitting on a porch with friends and shopping on Amazon.


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Living our Catholic faith through fellowship and service


The Nashville Catholic Business Women's League (NCBWL) is a non-profit organization open to all Catholic women in the Diocese of Nashville. In addition to supporting one another spiritually, we support our Catholic community by providing scholarships to young women attending the three Catholic high schools in Nashville. For many years, we have raised funds through our only major event Pearls of Wisdom.

To provide opportunities for Catholic women to engage in fellowship through stimulating programs and meaningful service.


To connect, support and encourage Catholic women to live their faith.


Our Mission


Nashville offers a rich, vibrant Catholic community and NCBWL is in the midst of it. Our group provides networking, friendship, inspiration, and connections to other Catholic organizations in the area. We meet the third Wednesday of the month. (Check updates on location). We engage in regular community service projects. We plan special programs with featured speakers and provide other opportunities to gather as well. 

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