Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference a big success!

After two years of work by a small group of dedicated volunteers known as the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA, our biennial women’s conference, Gather Us In 2013 took place this past Saturday, November 2, and was a huge success! Over 350 women gathered on a beautiful autumn day at the DCU Center in Worcester to be inspired, to pray, to sing and to fellowship together.

The theme for the day was “Responding to our God of Creation, Redemption and Inspiration” and everyone was inspired by our keynote speakers: gospel singer and storyteller ValLimar Jansen and Catholic journalist, radio and EWTN TV host Teresa Tomeo.

Workshops by Sr. Bridget Haase, OSU, Peggy Patenaude and our prayer panel of Sr. Yvette Bellerose, Sr. Mary Ann Azana and Sr. Jurgita Sereikaite evoked laughter, tears and soothing prayer through the musical chant of Taizé.

Pictures speak a thousand words so we will let these photos help you relive the wonderful day and encourage all of you to attend the gatherings of women in our diocese and beyond, presented by the Commission for Women.

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From hot-shot anchor to a handmaid of the Lord: Gather Us In 2013 Keynoter Teresa Tomeo’s amazing journey

This is an inspiring story of a woman who knows what is most important. She is our afternoon keynote speaker at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference on Nov. 2. Only 1 week left to register – see the end of this post on how you can be a part of the action!

“All is Well:” Peggy Patenaude’s message at the Gather Us In 2013 women’s conference in Worcester, MA

On November 2, The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, MA (which I chair) is holding it’s biennial women’s conference, Gather Us In 2013 at the DCU Center. Registration is open and you can download the brochure and registration form at www.worcestercommissionforwomen.org.

I’ve been profiling the speakers for our conference in articles written for the Catholic Free Press. Here is a profile of one of our workshop presenters, Peggy Patenaude.

Women of New England, I hope to see you at our conference!

Recommendation for a Spiritual Virtual Book Club

I belong to a wonderful group of women from the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts known as the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester. Established in 1989 by Bishop Timothy J. Harrington, the following mission statement of the commission explains its goals:

“The Commission for Women shall serve as an advisory board to the resident bishop of Worcester in regard to women’s issues. It shall function as a liaison between women in the diocese and the resident bishop, raising and promoting awareness of the evolving role of women in the church and society. The commission shall strive to bond together the women of the diocese through spiritual, educational and social programs.”

I help out with the blog and wanted to invite you to join our Virtual Book Club. We are studying The Cup of Our Life by Joyce Rupp. It is a wonderful spiritual guide with an array of exercises involving a written reflection by Joyce, quiet prayer time, and prompts for journaling.

Joyce Rupp recently presented a retreat day for women with subject being “The Art of Self Compassion.” It was a truly blessed day and you can read all about it here.

Because of the enormous success of this day, we are following up with this study of The Cup of Our Life (I will be writing the blog posts). Our hope is to create online discussion as we reflect upon the spiritual wisdom offered in this book.

Click here to visit the Commission for Women blog with directions on how to join our book club and obtain a copy of the book.

Hope to see you there!

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