PROVIDENCE — The 2022 Rhode Island Catholic Women’s Conference will take place on Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Hosted by the diocesan Office of Faith Formation, the Catholic Women’s Conference will offer opportunities for prayer, worship and discussion on Catholic womanhood among a diverse group of women of all ages and vocations.
The conference will begin with a Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop Robert C. Evans at 8:30 a.m., followed by coffee and a performance by the music ministry in the cathedral hall as women meet other attendees and prepare for the opening prayer. The main conference sessions will feature presentations by Pat Gohn, a national Catholic speaker, author, podcaster, and editor of “Living Faith Daily Catholic Devotions;” as well as Sister Josemaría Pence, O.P.,
Dominican Sister of St. Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee, and principal of St. Pius V School, Providence. A music ministry of prayer and song will be led by Liz Cotrupi Pfunder, a national Catholic musician, songwriter and speaker.
Michelle Donovan, assistant director of the Office of Faith Formation, shared what women can expect from this year’s event.
“For the Women’s Conference this year we’ve taken up the theme Revive as we begin our diocesan Eucharistic Revival. We also have in mind the catechetical theme that the USCCB has given us this year which is ‘This is my body, given for you.’ We can’t have the gift of the Eucharist without our priests for whom we are grateful.”
New this year will be the presence of the local Mary, Mother of Priests Apostolate present with their Adopt-A-Priest ministry. Participants can request the name of one of the priests living in the diocese and they commit to praying for that priest throughout the year. This ministry ensures that all of our priests have someone praying for them deliberately by name each year. The day will also feature the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Exposition and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, and many Catholic vendors.
For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.discovercatholicfaith.org/womens-conference.