Catholic Women’s Conference
Ohio Expo Center, Columbus, Ohio
Save the date for the next Women’s Conference: February 19,2022
Sr. Tracey Dugas
Sister Tracey Dugas, Daughters of St. Paul, tells her story as a cajun nun form the deep south and how her vocations has brought her true joy in life. Sr. Tracey is currently stationed in New Orleans, LA, where she and the sisters run the Pauline Books & Media Center—a center of faith and hope where people come to be close to Jesus in the Eucharistic Chapel as well as through books, music and videos.
Raised as an evangelical Protestant, Lisa entered the Catholic Church in 1991. she has developed a curricula and led Bible studies in Europe, Mexico and the United States for women and children. Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College.
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Fr. Dave Pivonka is a speaker, author, and president of Steubenville University who believes that God wants to bless his people with His grace and presence.
In recent years, the priest has led Franciscan Pathways, an evangelistic initiative of his Francscan province, focused on conversion, spiritual formation, and the Holy Spirit in the lives of Catholics. In that role, he produced “The Wild Goose” video series on the Holy Spirit, as well as other documentaries and pastoral videos.
Janelle Foligno, wife of Columbus Blue Jackets’ Captain Nick Foligno, is a mother of three, philanthropist and budding author. A former elementary teacher, Janelle has since enjoyed public speaking, especially to young women. She tells her story of faith through personal health struggles and those of her children. Her loyalty to God has strengthened over the years and remains the center of her family’s values.
Bishop Robert J. Brennan
The Most Reverend Robert J. Brennan is our Mass Celebrant and the Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio. Our bishop as of March, 2019, he was previously auxillary bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York. Bishop Brennan’s strength lies in parish pastoral activity. Even while in Diocesan work, he has been afforded the opportunity to engage in many elements of parish life, in both the parishes where he resides as well as in a variety of parish settings. This work has included catechetical ministry, Catholic schools, pastoral care for the sick, and youth ministry. With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop Brennan served as a member of the Committee for Catholic Education, the Administrative Committee, and the Priorities and Plans Committee.
An accomplished songwriter, Tori Harris remains committed to the core of her mission: Through story and song to create environments of receptivity to the Holy Spirit. Her interest in teaching others to operate in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, let her to found Arise Ministry and author her first book, Holy Spirit 101.
An update from Fr. Christopher Hartley, speaker at the 2019 Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference…Love comes to our encounter every day, in the harsh monotony of daily life, in the weary noise of the asphalt of the city or in the mud of a tropical jungle. It doesn’t really matter, it’s always the same Love.