Center for Spirituality | Saint Mary's College, IN |

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About the Conference

“We need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church.”
—Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium §103

The Women of the Church conference began with a conversation among friends sharing the hope sparked by Pope Francis’ call to give the Catholic Church “a more incisive female presence.” We have responded to that call with a conference to honor and support the work of women in the Church. The dream is becoming a reality through the partnership of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, and Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

The conference, “Women of the Church: Strength of the Past. Hope for Tomorrow. A Catholic Leadership Conference,” is planned for October 7-9, 2016, in Ferdinand, Indiana. We seek to make manifest the diverse work of Catholic women in the Church, in the past and present; to offer tools and resources for ongoing formation; and to encourage women who are exploring opportunities for ministry and leadership.

We invite Catholic women and men to join the conversation. Whether you are a professional lay ecclesial minister, a scholar, a teacher, a youth or campus minister, an active parish leader or volunteer, a healthcare provider or social worker, religious, or discerning your call, there will be something especially for you. We are planning a spirited gathering where you will be challenged and strengthened by inspiring speakers; valued as a key contributor; and renewed for your work in the mission of the Church.

Please explore our website to learn about our program and speakers. You will find our plans for an engaging series of lectures and breakout sessions. Topics include the strength and challenges of Catholic women in the past and present, intercultural leadership formation, spirituality for leadership, vocational discernment, and the Benedictine charism. The weekend will also include liturgies, cultural events, and plenty of time for fellowship.

We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful southwest Indiana in October 2016.