It’s that time of year again! During Advent we prepare our hearts to welcome Jesus anew at Christmas. In this special time of prayer and thanksgiving, please consider giving the gift of a Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference registration to yourself and to family and friends this Christmas.
The mission of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference is to provide opportunities for women to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, to grow in their realization of their dignity as Catholic women and to strengthen their commitment to be disciples of Christ.
Registration is open and we invite you to prayerfully consider joining us for the 13th year of women coming together to celebrate our Catholic faith on Sat., Feb. 15, 2020, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Ohio Expo Center. Here is why we love sharing the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference with you …
1. The Sacraments
The annual Catholic Women’s Conference opens with Holy Mass celebrated by the Bishop Robert E. Brennan. It is awe-inspiring to celebrate the Holy Eucharist with 3,000+ women from all over the Columbus diocese and beyond! The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available throughout the day with more than 40 priests in attendance. Every year so many women tell us that the Sacraments are a highlight of their day.
The nationally-recognized speakers and the variety of vendors add a dimension of learning and spiritual growth opportunities. This year we are pleased to welcome these speakers whose varied messages and backgrounds will hopefully move our hearts in new ways:
- Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC
- Fr. Ubald Rugirangoga
- Heidi Hess Saxton
- Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T.
- Emily Jaminet and Michele Faehnle
- Anna Mitchell, Master of Ceremonies
More than 100 vendors grace the halls to share their ministry and mission and to sell faith-inspired merchandise. Many religious communities attend and it is such a blessing to meet the sisters, to see their joy, and to learn more about their mission and charisms.
We pray the Holy Rosary before Mass in the early morning. Adoration is available throughout the day in the Adoration chapel and we adore Our Lord in the main hall as a community during the afternoon; this is a powerful time of prayer and thanksgiving in the presence of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.
The Conference is the perfect time to join with fellow parishioners and family members for a life-changing day of prayer, faith-sharing, laughter, food and fellowship as we experience God’s amazing grace together.
It is beautiful to see the joy in a day of celebrating our faith on a mini retreat with friends and family. Invite a friend from your parish, reconnect with friends from around the diocese or from out of town, invite your mom, sister, daughter, aunt, niece, grandmother. Reignite your faith and be inspired by the events and surprises of the day and by each other!
Each year we are blessed to host a special musical guest who shares their talent with us in the morning and during the community Holy Hour. This year, Lancaster native Sarah Hart will be with us. You can hear her story and music here.
Dear Sisters in Christ, we look forward to seeing you at the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference on Feb. 15, 2020! May God’s peace be with you this Advent and Christmas Season!!
Lori Crock is a St. Joseph-Plain City parishioner, a SoulCore Rosary prayer and exercise leader, a strength coach, a Holy and Healthy columnist for the Catholic Times, founder of the St. Gabriel Radio Holy and Healthy Minute, a member of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference Leadership Team and a Catholic blogger and speaker. Lori enjoys sharing the prayers of the Rosary, with movement and reflections, as a means of growing closer to Jesus through his Blessed Mother. Lori is online at holyandhealthycatholic.com.