Archdiocesan Women's Conference

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November 3, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hartford Marriott Farmington
15 Farm Springs Road,
Farmington, CT

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 WCL.pngwhich we all need!

Spiritual breakout selections include:

  • Praying in Color: Praying in Color involves utilizing the arts of doodling, drawing, and filling in with color as a tactile tool during prayer. For those who find challenge in sitting still or staying focused during prayer, or those who wish to engage their body, or those who are visual learners, this style of prayer can be both a wordless offering and a visual reminder. (Description courtesy of Praying in Color:
  • Spiritual Collage: Making a collage with words/colors/symbols that are important to one’s spiritual life. The process includes holding intentions
    in mind, but not searching for particular words, images, or colors – just letting it happen. This is not a “work of art,” but a personal prayer/meditation for self-exploration. Upon conclusion of the collage, one can reflect on feelings that arose, choices of images and colors, etc
  • Visio Divina: Visio divina invites the viewer into "divine seeing." Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. (Lectio divina calls for a slow, careful
    interaction with scripture through meditation and prayer, allowing a word or phrase to rise in one's consciousness, a holy word to be savored and examined.)
    Similarly, visio divina invites one to encounter the divine through images. A prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph in the magazine, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience the divine in a unique and powerful way. Visio divina can be practiced individually or with a group in
    a small group or worship setting by using a piece of art as a focal point for prayer. Scripture can also be paired with the image in order for the viewer to reflect on the scripture through the art. (Description courtesy of The Upper Room Ministries:
  • SoulCore Rosary: SoulCore is movement born from the desire to nourish body and soul through prayer and core strengthening, functional exercises. The workout
    involves a combination of core-strengthening and isometric exercises, stretching and overall strengthening of the entire body. It begins with some basic stretches to warm up the body and recite the Apostle’s Creed. Push-ups are done throughout each of the “Our Father” prayers. The movements vary for each of the “Hail Mary” prayers. And a stretching position of surrender leads to each “Glory Be” prayer. Each Mystery begins with a scripture verse and a reflection, offering a time of
    rest. The end result is a feeling of relaxation, strength and renewal – of body, mind and soul. (Description courtesy of SoulCore:
  • Holy Hour (Eucharistic Adoration) and Confession


Workshop selections include:

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

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) **WORKSHOP IS FULL

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.

God’s Creation is Your Creation (Sr. Elaine Betoncourt, CSJ)

Women are called to use their roles as nurturers, leaders, mothers, wives, and friends to care for others – and for the world. Join Sr. Elaine to discuss how women thirst for justice, create community, heal wounds, and nourish spirits.

“From Fashion Industry to Church Leadership”/ “Desde el mundo de moda hacia el Liderazgo Eclesial” (Cynthia Psencik) I dreamt of working in the fashion industry for as long as I could remember, but God clearly had other plans. My personal journey with God helped me discover how I could use my gifts and led me to my current leadership role in the Church./ Por años, mi sueño era trabajar en el mundo de modas, pero Dios claramente tenía otros planes para mí. Mi jornada personal con Dios me ayudo a descubrir cómo podía usar mis talentos y me llevó a mi rol actual de liderazgo en la Iglesia.

Registration is Now Open!

We accept check or credit card for payment – please write checks out to the OEEC.

2018 Pricing for Women of the Archdiocese of Hartford:

  • $55 last-minute pricing between October 1 and November 1
  • $60 walk-in price on day of event (November 3)
  • $60 for all non-Archdiocesan residents
  • College students can take advantage of our College Student Rate of $35 until the day of the event! (Must use a college email for eligibility)


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