Archdiocesan Women's Conference


2018: “Woman is the World’s Harmony”

Mark your calendars for November 3, 2018! Our 2018 theme will be “Woman is the World’s Harmony,” taken from Pope Francis’ morning meditation on February 9, 2017.

Keynote Speaker: Kerry A. Robinson

Kerry A Robinson.jpgKerry A. Robinson is the founding executive director and current Global Ambassador of Leadership Roundtable, which is dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church in the United States. Kerry is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities), as well as the Pastoral Council of the Archdiocese of Hartford. She also serves as a trustee and board member of many Catholic apostolates, non-profits, and organizations.

Kerry is the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities published by FADICA. She has been an advisor to grant-making foundations, charitable nonprofits and family philanthropies since 1990.

Kerry served as the Director of Development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University, during which she led a successful $75 million dollar fundraising drive to expand and endow the Chapel's intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center on Yale’s campus. She also spent two years in London working for the Directory of Social Change, an organization dedicated to providing information and training for the nonprofit sector in the United Kingdom and Europe.

Kerry is a frequent writer and speaker on the subjects of philanthropy, development and faith. She received her BA from Georgetown University and her Master of Arts in Religion with an ethics concentration from Yale Divinity School. She has numerous honorary doctorates and has received awards from Catholic universities and non-profits. Kerry and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, Professor of Medicine at Yale University, have two children, Christopher and Sophie.

New This Year: Spiritual Breakouts!

This year, we have added spiritual breakouts to the day, in addition to our array of captivating workshops. We hope that they will provide that sense of spiritual nourishment which we all need!

Spiritual breakout selections are still being confirmed, but will include:

  • Praying in Color
  • Spiritual Collage
  • Visio Divina
  • Holy Hour (Eucharistic Adoration)


Workshop selections are still being confirmed, but will include:

On The Road to Sainthood: Celebrating the Sacred in Everyday Moments and Ordinary Lives (Sheri Dursin)

As Catholic women, we like to put people on pedestals. Biblical figures and saints become images of idealized perfection, in a category all to their own – so high up, we could never reach them. How does this super-sized admiration affect our own relationship with God? Pope Francis reminds us that “we are all called to be saints,” but so many of us have trouble seeing ourselves that way. Can we learn to view our “ordinary” lives through the eyes of God, who dreamed of us, created us, and chose us? In this workshop you will be encouraged to experience the ordinary moments of everyday life as rich opportunities to respond to God’s call to holiness, and to see as a sacred calling the simple choices you make and the acts of love you perform each and every day.

The Power of Being Present in A Woman’s Multi-Tasking World (Pamela Drzewiecki)

Do you find yourself with a to-do list that won’t quit? Do you feel you have to be doing many things at once? You don’t know how to shut down and be present with yourself, others, or in prayer? Join me as I share what can make a multi-tasker feel more present.

Registration will open Spring/Summer 2018!

2017: Be Strong and Courageous

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or supported the inaugural Archdiocesan Women’s Conference! Over 300 women came together for a day of inspiration, spiritual nourishment, and sisterhood. We were overwhelmed and delighted by the enthusiasm and infectious joy.

We are grateful to the Catholic Transcript Online for covering the Women’s Conference – their article, “Women’s Conference Inspires Courage in the Face of Life’s Challenges,” can be found here.

Click here to watch That’s the Spirit’s profile of the Women’s Conference on ORTV from October 2017.

Click here to watch the day's opening prayer.


For more information, or if you have questions or comments, please contact:
Nicole M. Perone
Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
860.242.5573 x2677