April 8, 2016

What women are saying about the Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference

“I heard of the Flame of Love movement just recently, so I was excited to learn more about it. And I came for Father [James] Blount!”
—Guadalupe Gonzalez, a member of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish in Indianapolis

“This is my first time. The conference is wonderful! They’re good speakers, and it’s a real treat for us to get to see the archbishop [Joseph W. Tobin]. There are 20-some of us here from St. Nicholas [Parish]. I was invited to come, and it sounded like a good time to be with my friends and learn more about the Blessed Mother.”
—Joanna Kinker, a member of St. Nicholas Parish in Ripley County

“It is my first time here. I love it! One of my friends told me about adding to the rosary [as speaker Anthony Mullen discussed]. … I do recommend women to come [to the conference]. Any time you come together with other people for Jesus, you learn different things.”
—Zenaida Avila, a member of St. Philip Neri Parish in Indianapolis

“I’m 82, and I’ve gone almost every year [to the conference]. It’s always wonderful. I remember one thing a sister said in apologetics class my senior year of high school. Sister Patricia Marie of the Sisters of Notre Dame said, ‘The world will be as the women of the world are.’ If ever that’s a true statement, I realize it now.”
—Peggy Geis, a member of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Indianapolis

“This [conference] is not just for wives and mothers; it’s great for the nuns, too! I love hearing women sharing their experiences and ideas. I’m a teacher’s aide at St. Luke, and I really want to do something special in this [Holy] Year of Mercy to spread the message of Christ and his Divine Mercy to the children.”
—Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Heart Sister Christabel Mary of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis

“I am walking away from this day on fire for my Catholic faith, with a zip in my step and my spiritual cup overflowing. This was my first time attending the conference, and I plan to be back next year!”
—Karin Bell, a member of St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg


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