Oklahoma Catholic women and teens are invited to spend a day of reflection, healing and renewal at the Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference in April. The eighth annual conference will be held on Saturday, April 5 at the Reed Center in Midwest City.
The conference will include a morning Mass with Archbishop Paul Coakley, Adoration, Reconciliation, and a vendor area. Participants are also encouraged to bring donations for Sanctuary Women's Development Center, a service of Catholic Charities that provides resources and support for low income and homeless women and children. Donations requested include personal hygiene products, snacks, baby supplies and gift cards for gas and groceries. Personal items that belonged to Fr. Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest martyred in Guatemala, will be on display.
Four general sessions and two breakout sessions for teens, featuring nationally and locally known speakers, have been scheduled, and vendors have contracted to set up booths selling books, clothing and religious items.
Through March 22, the registration fee is $55, and $30 for students, and includes a box lunch and drink. After March 22, the registration fee is $65, and will be accepted as space permits.
Registrations can be submitted on the conference web site using PayPal, or by mailing in a registration form available on the web site or in parish offices. Special room rates are available at the connected Sheraton Hotel by calling 405-455-1800.
Speakers and topics of the general sessions are:
From Victim to Survivor: Courage and the True meaning of Beauty
Maura shares her powerful story of hope and healing. She has been an inspiring presence on social media since 2011 through her ministry, Made In His Image, reaching out to victims and survivors of abuse and women suffering from eating disorders.
For more infonnation about Maura, go to www.madeinhisimage.org
Our World Needs Catholic Heroes
A presentation on the New Evangelization, featuring humor, stories, helpful tools to bring loved ones home to the Church, and a call to action for all baptized Catholics to help bring Jesus to a world in need.
Learn more about Tom at www.virtuemedia.org
Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious
Pat Gohn has a message for women: you are blessed, beautiful, and bodacious. As she shares her own discoveries found in scripture, Church wisdom, and especially the contemporary writings of Blessed John Paul II on the feminine genius, Gohn suggests that a woman's blessed dignity, paired with the beautiful gifts of her womanhood- receptivity, generosity, sensitivity and maternity - equals a most excellent and bodacious mission.
Learn more about Pat at www.patgohn.net
The Shepherd Cannot Run: The Life of Fr, Stanley Rother and His Gift to Our Faith
Catholic music artist, Jamie Biller, beautifully conveys through stories and songs the life of Fr. Stanley Rother. Fr. Rother, a native Oklahoman, was a humble and heroic priest, giving his own life spiritually and physically for his parishioners in Santiago Atitlan, Guatemala. His cause for canonization is currently being considered by Vatican officials. To honor Fr. Rother, Jamie wrote a song inspired by his own words, "The Shepherd Cannot Run ", hoping to bring about awareness and prayer for his cause. Experience the path to sainthood through Fr. Rother's extraordinary acts that went beyond pastoral care and love/or the people he served in this musical tribute.
For more infonnation about Jamie, go to www.jamiebiller.com
There will also be two breakout sessions for young women:
Eating Disorder: It's Not About Food
Eating disorders are so common in America that Jar 2 out a/every 100 students will struggle with one. Each year, thousands of teens develop eating disorders, or problems with weight, eating, or body image. Maura shares her story, her struggle and her recovery.
You Go, Girl!: The Power of Femininity
Once again speaking in the youth session, Lorryn is tackling another deep-seeded topic for today's Catholic young women: how to accept ourselves as the beauty God created us to be. Constantly faced with the pressure to live up to air-brushed, digitally altered images of the "perfect woman" can leave many feeling inadequate, dejected, and unlovable. Relying on Church teaching and sacred scripture, Lorryn will use humor, real world examples and concrete steps to illustrate how to be a lady after God's own heart.
To contact Lorryn, email firstname.lastname@example.org
For registration and more infonnation, call 405-396-6292. email ocwc@OCWConference.com
or visit the conference web site at www.OCWConference.com
To view, download or print the flyer and registration form for this event, click HERE