Last year Kendra and I hosted a conference for local-ish Catholic women bloggers. It was a smashing success, if I do say so myself. After Gus was born I began to think about hosting another one, but something kept pulling at me. I finally realized that I wanted to give to *all* women the fortification we received at last year’s conference.
Feeling called to switch it up a bit, we shifted our focus to include any Catholic woman who would like to participate, no blog needed. We began discussing what a conference for women would look like and two themes kept emerging: evangelization and community.
What is expected of us as women in the New Evangelization, and how do we reach a secular culture?
How do we form communities of faith that will sustain us and send us forth with the strength to do the heavy-lifting of being Catholic in a world that rejects most of Catholicism?
In essence, how do we ground and nourish ourselves in the faith, and how do we reach out to others to share the love of Christ?
Well, we may not have all the answers, but we’re working on getting you off to a strong start. Introducing, “Setting the World on Fire: a instruction manual.”
Inspired by St. Catherine of Siena’s quote, “Be who God made you to be and you will set the world on fire,” we invite all Catholic women to join us for a day of faith and fellowship.
Our featured speaker is Meg Hunter-Kilmer. You may know Meg from her blog, Held by His Pierced Hands, or from her writing at Aleteia. She travels the country (indeed, the world!) speaking to young people and adults about God’s love for us. She calls herself a hobo for Christ, and her love for and knowledge of Him is inspiring to everyone who meets her.
Kendra Tierney, author, blogger, and mother extraordinaire is our other main speaker. She is known far and wide as the mastermind behind Catholic All Year, as the inspiration behind many a liturgical feast, and as “the lady who’s fixing up that crazy old house” and “the lady who makes those printable prayers” on Instagram. She knows a little something about building Catholic communities and she’s going to share her wisdom with us!
Who: Catholic women interested in finding their voice in the New Evangelization (and any lap babies that may need to accompany them)
What: A one-day conference
When: Saturday Sept 24
Where: Altadena, CA
Why: because women play a crucial role in the Church but it’s not easy to know how, or where, to start our work!
Registration: begins August 1 and goes through September 1, or until we run out of space. Make sure to register early!
Your registration fee will get you into talks by these two fine ladies (plus some other topics we have in the works), a delicious lunch, a cocktail hour and time to connect with other Catholic women. We also plan to have a potluck event for the rest of your family at the close of our day, should you live close enough and wish to include them! Hey, we’re building community, right?
For questions, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also join our Facebook group to stay up to date on what’s happening with the conference.
I seriously cannot wait to hug each of you. Or, if you’re not the hugging type, I’ll settle for a fist bump.