Seventeen years ago, the Catholic Women’s Conference (CWC) was founded by Mary Jane Fox, co-director/founder at Pilgrim Center of Hope to bring a message of hope to women. A message that she says women still need to hear.
“With so many family, financial and societal burdens placed on women, it is easy to feel lost, confused and to doubt that God cares. Women need hope; to know that God is calling personally to them, Come to me all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, (Matthew 11:28) says Fox.
She continues, “Every year, like the Hemorrhaging Woman in the Gospel of Matthew, thousands of women from all over Texas and beyond come to San Antonio seeking to encounter Jesus. Like the woman in the Bible, whose blood flow was stopped when she touched the tassel on His cloak, women have been healed. Others have been renewed, reconciled, and given direction…spiritual direction.”
The conference is planned every year by Pilgrim Center of Hope with the help of a steering committee made up of eleven volunteer women. “Great forethought, planning, and prayer goes into the selection of our guest speakers. Led by the Holy Spirit we are always guided to the relevant topics and the dynamic speakers that touch and transform the approximately two-thousand women that attend each year,” says Nan Balfour, events coordinator at Pilgrim Center of Hope.
Speaking this year are award-winning Catholic author Colleen C. Mitchell, convert and surfer priest Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC – bestselling author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, and Mother Adela Galindo, the founder of the Religious Institute Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.
Pilgrim Center of Hope Co-Director & Co-Founder Mary Jane Fox will also be presenting, plus Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael Boulette, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio.
Miss Mitchell’s topics are When We Were Eve, Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be and Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels, the titles of her two books. Aside from sharing some of her life experiences, Colleen strives to provide guidance to women who are searching for answers and seeking to find their identity in Christ. She is passionate about speaking on the heart of God for women and their well-being.
Father Calloway, whose life was changed forever after reading about Our Lady, will speak on Mary and the Mystery of Femininity and The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Mary. Not only will Fr. Calloway help women to better understand their femininity, but he will also focus on the role of women in the family, in the workplace and in relationships…and what all women can learn from the Virgin Mary.
Mother Adela Galindo will present talks on Heart to Heart, Jesus’ Longing for Women and Inflame: How Women are Uniquely Called to Kindle the Heart of Humanity. Mother Adela’s life has been marked by a profound Marian spirituality. She has a deep love of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the Maternal Heart of Our Lady. With both in mind, Mother Adela will share her thoughts on the potentiality of the feminine genius.
“The goal of the Catholic Women’s Conference, which we call a ‘Spa for the Soul’ is designed to provide the spiritual tools that teach, encourage and challenge women to be exactly who God created them to be. Every woman, whether she is already passionate about her faith or feeling lost and hopeless, will benefit from these two days of enlightenment. All are welcome,” says Nan Balfour
The Catholic Women’s Conference provides an environment and experiences where women can discover and learn about their true personal dignity in God. Here they also encounter Christ and the Church, are encouraged to know and love God, and go forth inspired and empowered, using their gifts to transform their families and society.
It is the hope of Pilgrim Center of Hope that every woman who attends this year’s Catholic Women’s Conference will leave with the a message of hope from our Lord as did the hemorrhaging woman, Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you (Matthew 9:22).
This year’s conference is taking place on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch Event Center, located on the northwest side of San Antonio off Loop 1604 at the Hausman Excit. Cost to attend the two-day conference is $100, which includes registration for both days, all meals including Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and concession snacks.
Register online and learn more at CWCSanAntonio.com. You can also call Pilgrim Center of Hope at 210-521-3377.
Robert V. Rodriguez is the Public Relations and Outreach Assistant at Pilgrim Center of Hope. Living Catholicism is a regular column of this Catholic evangelization apostolate that answers Christ’s call by guiding people to encounter Him through pilgrimages, conferences and outreach.