St Joan of Arc Women’s Conference!

Update: for the link to register, click here.

We’re baaaaack and better than ever!

After a stellar St Catherine of Siena Conference last year, Kendra and I are teaming up again to bring Catholic women in southern California together for a day of prayer, inspiration, community, and delicious food! St Catherine truly interceded for us last year, and many of our attendees left inspired to set the world on fire with a burning passion for Our Lord. This year, we felt drawn to ask St Joan of Arc to be our patroness. Our theme is one of her most beloved quotes, “I am not afraid. I was born to do this.”

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Who: Catholic women of any age or vocation, not just moms! Babes in arms are also welcome.

What: a day of prayer and inspiration, with some food and fun thrown in for good measure.

When: October 14, 2017; 8:30 am-5:00 pm

Where: Kendra will be hosting us again! (Address will be sent privately after registration.)

Why: Because in this time of turmoil and darkness, we need ever more to join together as loving witnesses of Christ’s presence in the world

How much: $52 per person for early registration (Sept 1-15), $62 afterwards (Sept 16-30)


I am thrilled, absolutely thrilled, to announce this year’s speakers for the conference. Eek!

Fr. Matthew Spencer, OSJ

fr-matthew-portriat-231x300Fr. Matthew, OSJ, has a daily radio show on Immaculate Heart Radio, bringing joy and inspiration to people over the airwaves. He will be celebrating Mass for our group of lovely ladies, as well as giving a talk on our theme. He just happens to be my little brother, though, so he’d better watch out when it comes time for me to introduce him!

Born into a family of 11 children, Fr. Matthew worked as a software engineer before a health crisis prompted him to re-evaluate his life’s direction. The support and example of the priests of the Oblates of St. Joseph had a profound impact on him, and he found himself drawn to their simple lives and family spirit.

He was ordained to the priesthood in 2009, and serves as Vice Provincial and Director of Communications for the Oblates of St. Joseph out of Mount St. Joseph, Loomis, CA.

Blythe Fike

16177931_10206354691585540_7613514062407375051_oBlythe is a wife to Kirby and a mother to 7 (going on 8!) little ones. She grew up the daughter of a Baptist minister, but, following her parents’ conversion to Catholicism, Blythe and her husband also “crossed the Tiber” in their early twenties. She spends her “free time” writing on her blog The Fike Life, Instagramming the love and fun chaos in her home, and sharing her love of the Catholic faith with anyone who will listen.

Blythe brings the unique perspective of being a convert to the faith, a woman who chose this wild and crazy ride that is Catholic motherhood and openness to life.

Kendra Tierney

13988242_920387451437996_8462700344210764818_oKendra is wife to Jim and mother to 9 kiddos, ages 15 on down to 1 month old. She is a writer with one published book and another book on saints and the liturgical year in the works. She was raised Catholic but truly came to understand her faith after she and Jim were married and started a family.

Kendra has been homeschooling for 10 years, blogging for 5, and renovating Gramblewood for just over a year. She enjoys sharing the ways Catholics can find joy and fun in the celebration of feast days and liturgical seasons.

In addition to graciously opening up her home to us, Kendra will be speaking about the life of St Joan of Arc, our patroness this year.

Micaela Darr

16143546_981506565316044_5437338245833871820_oI, your humble servant, will be MCing again this year.  Last year I spontaneously burst into tears at the sight of all you awesome women, though, so consider yourself warned.

How to stay in touch:

The very best way to get updates about the conference is to join the conference’s Facebook group. If you’re not on Facebook and would like to be kept in the loop, email me at and I will add you to a list of email recipients.

I think that’s it! Feel free to share with your family and friends, parish women’s groups, etc.  We had 70 attendees last year and are anticipating as many or more this year. It’s going to be, with your help and prayers, an awesome day.

Let’s do this.


  1. So excited for this! Thank you (and the rest of the team) for organizing this again this year. My heart was so full after last year’s conference!

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