Women of the Church Leadership Conference to be in Collegeville July 19-21

The third national Women of the Church Catholic Leadership Conference will be hosted by Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville from Wednesday, July 19, to Friday, July 21.

The conference will feature Catholic women leaders who impact the Church on a global scale. Keynote speakers include Gloria Purvis, host of The Gloria Purvis Podcast from America Media; Carolyn Woo, former president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services and dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business; Kristin Colberg, associate professor at Saint John’s School of Theology and Seminary and appointee to the theological commission charged with assisting the Synod of Bishops; and Casey Statnon, co-director of Discerning Deacons. Additionally, Grammy-nominated musician Sarah Hart will perform a special concert at the conference.

Sparked by Pope Francis’ call to give the Catholic Church “a more incisive female presence,” the Women of the Church Leadership Forum provides a space for women and men to celebrate the diverse work of Catholic women in the Church, offers resources for ongoing formation, and encourages women of all ages who are exploring opportunities for ministry and leadership.

“Women of the Church events offer inspiring, engaging keynotes, workshops and liturgies.  A distinctive hallmark of our programs is the relationships that form among the participants,” said forum co-founder, Kimberly Baker.  “In fact, the core planning committee for the 2023 national conference is a group of women who attended the 2019 conference. They were so energized by that experience that they started a conversation with us that has led to them hosting this conference in their Minnesota Catholic community.”

Women leaders, whether established or emerging, are invited to register for the national Women of the Church Leadership Conference. Men who support the conference mission are also welcome. Registration fees range between $260 to $350, depending upon lodging arrangements.

See registration details at www.womenofthechurch.org.


Author: The Central Minnesota Catholic

The Central Minnesota Catholic is the magazine for the Diocese of St. Cloud.

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