Catholic Women’s Conference
Fr. Donald Calloway MIC
Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, a prominent Marian priest, exhibits an unmistakable zeal for the priesthood and devotion to Our Lady. He is a well-known conference speaker on Divine Mercy and the Blessed Virgin Mary. He speaks passionately about these topics in his moving conversion story. He has authored several books. Find out more about Fr. Calloway at this website:
Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga
Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga has been a Catholic priest in the Cyangugu diocese of southeastern Rwanda for thirty-five years. During the 1994 genocide, he lost more than eighty members of his family—including his mother—and more than 45,000 parishioners. During a trip to Lourdes, France, Fr. Ubald heard Jesus tell him to carry his cross: the genocide. In that moment, Fr. Ubald felt a release from the burden of his sorrows and knew he was called to preach healing, forgiveness, and reconciliation.
Fr. Ubald continues to focus his ministry on healing and evangelization. He travels the world offering Masses with healing prayers, from which there are many documented cases of physical, spiritual, relational, and emotional healings.
Heidi Hess Saxton
Heidi received her Masters in Theology, graduating summa cum laude from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 2011, with undergraduate degrees in International Studies and Communications from Azusa Pacific University and Missions and Theology from Bethany College of Missions. Hiedi has authored 7 books including including Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant/Franciscan Media) as well as My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories (Thomas Nelson). To find out more about Heidi and read some of her work, click below to visit her blog.
Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
We are so excited to welcome back Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T. to the conference. A popular national speaker, she is also the author of Loved as I Am . When her life as a successful college athlete proved unfulfilling, she went searching for something deeper and ended up falling in love with Jesus. By charting her own journey toward wholeness, Sr. Miriam invites Catholics to pursue their own relationship with Jesus. You can learn more about Sr. Miriam’s by visiting her Twitter account @onegroovynun, listen to her podcast or check out the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity’s website by clicking below.
Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle are the best selling, award winning co-authors of Divine Mercy for Moms, The Friendship Project, Our Friend Faustina and Pray Fully. They have worked in women’s ministry together most of their adult lives and currently both serve on the board of directors of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference.
Emily and Michele live in Columbus, Ohio with their families. Michele works as a school nurse at St. Andrew School in Upper Arlington and is the mother of four. Emily is the director of the Sacred Heart Enthronement Network and is the mother of seven.
Master of Ceremonies
Anna Mitchell is co-host and producer of the Son Rise Morning Show on Sacred Heart Catholic Radio in Cincinnati, which airs nationally on the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network each weekday. As a reporter, she has covered the first-ever National Theology of the Body Congress. She graduated from Ohio University in 2006 with degrees in Journalism and History. Anna and her husband Will Egan live in Cincinnati with their two children, Roma and Tommy.
Sarah Hart is one of the leading figures in contemporary Catholic music today. Her songs of faith and workshops have touched the lives of thousands. Originally from Lancaster, Ohio, she has a degree in music from Ohio State University. Now based in Nashville, she’s on the road a good part of the year, juggling a busy songwriting, recording, concert and event schedule.
Many of her songs are part of the common worship experience of Catholics in the US: “Go in Peace,” “You Alone,” “Sweet Redeemer” and others. Her signature blend of folk, pop and rock delights listeners of every age. Some of her latest works are And Lovely It Is and Sacrament. You can learn more about her and her music by clicking the link to her website below.