A new Catholic women’s club called “GoodGirls Everywhere” is putting people on notice in D.C. The newly formed organization, led by its President, Jessica Lanza, has a goal to provide spiritual, social, and service based opportunities to women. The club of Catholic young adult women was originally started as a way to share the Catholic faith, but invites any females to join.
“It basically means everything to me…my faith. I just felt really moved to start this organization, just knowing how much I needed other friends who were living out their faith,” said Lanza.
GoodGirls has already experienced some success with previous events. One event was the Clothes Swap where old clothes were brought to a person’s house. ”We share them, we exchange them, and whatever’s left we give to goodwill or another parish or something like that.” GoodGirls has also had spiritual outings to support the Catholic faith. ”We’ve had rosary groups where we pray the rosary,” said Lanza. Other events include Catholic mass outings, lunch and dinner, book club discussions, and co-ed events.
Even though the group is only for female membership, the men have also been there for the group. For the co-ed events, ”a lot of men come out and are really supportive of the group so to me that’s encouraging…and also to other women, to see that guys really encourage women to be holy and to live out their faith.” As one of the co-ed events, GoodGirls recently had a luau in Chinatown that drew over 100 people.
Not only is GoodGirls experiencing success now, but there are plans to expand its future. “My vision for this group is pretty big,” said Lanza. “My goal is to grow communities all through out the U.S…women of faith, definitely based on Catholic principles, but we definitely do welcome everybody…”