Catholic Women’s Conference
For the 5th year the diocese is hosting a diocesan-wide Catholic Women’s Conference! This is a one-day conference for all women over 18 years old to come together for a day of fellowship, prayer, and learning.
The $40 early bird registration is now available through midnight on October 1, 2017. Registration after that will be $55. After October 29, 2017, registration will only be available at the door for $60. Cancellations received after October 1, 2017 will not be refunded for any reason. The conference is free for all women religious (i.e. professed nuns or Religious Sisters who are part of an order). A boxed lunch will be provided. Parking will not be covered in the registration fee.
Additionally, the conference will feature Mass, Reconciliation with many priests available for confession, and expo area with several different vendors and ministries available.
To register as a vendor or exhibitor, click here.
Keynote Speaker (English)
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children’s fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa’s articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.
Keynote Speaker (English and Spanish)
The Sisters of Life is a contemplative / active religious community of women founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O’Connor for the protection and enhancement of the sacredness of every human life. Like all religious communities, we take the three traditional vows of poverty, chastity and obedience. We also are consecrated under a special, fourth vow to protect and enhance the sacredness of human life. Reverence and gratitude for the unique and unrepeatable gift of each human life made in the image and likeness of God fuels the prayer of each Sister, our first mission in building the Kingdom of God and the “Culture of Life.” It also provides the starting point for our interactions with others, especially relationships in community between our 80 Sisters (who come from across the United States, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia and Spain), and in our apostolates. Inspired by the love of Christ our Spouse, the author of Life, we desire to pour out all our gifts of nature and grace in the apostolate, that nothing of the gift of life, and no one to whom it has been given, should be lost. Our missions are carried out with the heart of the Church and with the hope of revealing to those we serve the inherent goodness and beauty of their own lives, so that each person may see and experience the truth that they are an unrepeatable creation of the Master.
- We welcome pregnant guests to live with us in the Holy Respite of one of our convents
- Assist pregnant women in need of practical assistance through our Visitation Mission
- Host retreats at Villa Maria Guadalupe Retreat Center
- Invite those who have suffered abortion to hope and healing through day and weekend Entering Canaan Retreats
- Serve as Respect Life Coordinators for the New York Archdiocesan Family Life / Respect Life Office
- Dr. Joseph Stanton Human Life Issues Library
Keynote Speakers (Spanish)
Vivi is employed by Catholic Relief Services and is a Relationship Manager for the State of Florida. Under the leadership of the Regional Director, Vivi provides a CRS presence for dioceses in the state of Florida to advance CRS awareness and how the church of United States responds in solidarity with the world. As part of the Diversity Cross-Divisional Team & Hispanic Catholic Outreach, her focus is Multicultural / Diversity Outreach / Hispanic engagement, immigration & Global Migration, Human Trafficking, resourcing & supporting SE RMs in their assigned dioceses, especially with Hispanic Catholic outreach.
Vivi’s previous experience includes employment with the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg where she began as Administrative Assistant to the Diocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry followed by almost 11 years as the Executive Secretary to Bishop Robert Lynch (2003-2013) and later as Associate Director of the Hispanic Ministry Office (2013-2017). Previous to that she was employed as the Administrative and Legal Assistant at the Law Offices of Arturo M. Rios, PA, St. Petersburg, Florida (1996-1999).
In her fiduciary role, she is secretary of the Board of Directors of Bermuda Bay Beach Association (2012-present), she is a member of the Eckerd College ENACTUS Business Advisory Board, Participates in the Hispanic Leadership Council of Pinellas County, and holds as well memberships in the National Association of Professional Women and the International Association of Professional Women. Vivi is a former member of the Board of Directors of 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares. (2014-2015)
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