February 8, 2019

Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference set for March 23 in Indianapolis

Criterion staff report

The Indiana Catholic Women’s Conference will take place in the 500 Ballroom of the Indiana Convention Center, 100 S. Capital Ave., in Indianapolis, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on March 23.

Sponsored by the Marian Center of Indianapolis, the theme of this year’s conference is “Grace Abounds All the More.” The featured speakers are Barbara Heil, Rose Sweet and Donna Cori Gibson. Msgr. Joseph Schaedel, pastor of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish in Indianapolis, will celebrate Mass, and Gospel Sister of Life Diane Carollo will serve as emcee.

Heil is a former Pentecostal minister who has traveled the world as a missionary, teacher and evangelist. She was received into the full communion of the Church in April of 2013. She has a passion to awaken others to their destiny and purpose in Christ, and to lead people in deepening their walk with God. Heil has been a guest on “The Journey Home” on EWTN and speaks at many conferences around the country.

Sweet, a Catholic author and conference speaker, has been heard on Catholic radio and seen on EWTN. Her heart and humor are used to help people live their faith in the daily details by putting religion into their relationships. She is the author of 12 books on relationship healing that include all stages: being single, dating and courtship, marriage and parenting, divorce, annulments, and how to get along with almost anyone. Her work is deeply rooted in St. John Paul’s “Theology of the Body” (TOB). Sweet has been a guest on “Catholic Answers Live” and a speaker at the annual TOB Congress, the 2015 World Meeting of Families, and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ 2017 Convocation of Catholic Leaders.

Cori Gibson at one time sang with Luciano Pavarotti and had a recording deal with a major recording studio. Through the grace of God, she realized that the music she was recording—and in fact most music—serves to distract us from the true goal in life: to “love God with your whole heart, soul, mind and strength.” Now a Third Order Carmelite, a wife and a mother, Gibson travels from coast to coast sharing her message and singing for Jesus Christ. She has also appeared on several EWTN shows.

Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the conference starting at 8:30 a.m. The day will include lunch and the opportunity for Mass, the sacrament of reconciliation, adoration, Benediction and the opportunity to purchase items at vendors’ booths.

Until March 11, the cost to register is $50 per person, or $45 for groups of 10 or more. Those prices increase by $5 after March 11. Costs regardless of date are $25 for students and $15 for religious. A gift and VIP seating will be given to each member of the largest group in attendance.

(To register for the conference or to print a downloadable registration form, go to bit.ly/2Ga7kWF [case sensitive]. For those with no access to a computer, write a check made out to Marian Center of Indianapolis for the appropriate amount with an indication of the number attending, and mail it to Marian Center of Indianapolis, P.O. Box 47362, Indianapolis, IN 46247.)

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