Archdiocesan Women's Conference



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Virtual Women's Conference 2020:
"Wednesdays with Women" 




What's the plan for 2020?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Archdiocesan Women's Conference, scheduled for November 7, 2020, has been postponed in-person (save the date for November 6, 2021!).
However, the experience of the Women's Conference will take place in an extended virtual format, running from November 2020 to May 2021 (when registration will open for the 2021 conference). Instead of a full-day event, a chance to "attend" a workshop and prayer experience will be available monthly. These virtual events will take place on the first Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. The evening will be a little taste of the Women's Conference experience: a workshop followed by a unique prayer experience. 
Attendees will register in advance for the virtual evente and are welcome to come as they are - yoga pants or sweatshirt or stilettos, glass of wine or cup of tea - to partake in spiritual nourishment and time in community as a taste of the experience of the Women's Conference in this socially distant time.... and of course, attendees can save their registration fee for the next in-person conference in 2021, because this year will be free of charge! 



How Do I Register for Wednesdays with Women?

Click each month's link below to register! A confirmation link will be sent to you.

November 4, 2020 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Love, (Hope, Joy, and Mercy) in the Time of Sorrow (presented by Kerry A. Robinson)
We are living through an epoch of great sorrow, deprivation, uncertainty, loss and division. Deep in the Catholic imagination is an understanding of the Paschal Mystery, that out of suffering and death comes new life. Join us for a hope-filled conversation on the role that women of all ages and backgrounds are playing in bringing mercy, compassion, innovation, courage, and leadership to light the path forward for all of us. 
 
Prayer Experience: Using Technology in Your Prayer Life During Social Distancing
As women of faith, we know how essential it is that we nurture our connection with God through a deliberate and intentional prayer life. With the busyness of daily life and the distractions that surround us, this can be a challenging task. We live in a world full of new and exciting technology, which has become all the more necessary in a time of social distance and quarantine. Can the digital world help enhance our prayer lives and allow us to grow closer to God? Come and learn ways to experience your relationship with God in new ways as we explore how technology can revitalize our prayer lives, even in a time of digital overload.


December 2, 2020 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Mary's YES (presented by Sheri Dursin) 
“I am the Lord’s Servant. May it be to me as you have said.” (Luke 1:38) Mary’s response to God’s invitation brought Christ into the world and changed our lives forever. What courage and faith it must have taken to say “yes”—an act of complete surrender to God’s will. In doing so, Mary shows us what our response to God’s call should be. During this Advent season, reflect on the ways in which God is inviting you into an intimate relationship with your Creator. By responding with our own “yes” we are bringing Christ into the world every day.
 
Prayer Experience: Visio Divina 
Visio divina invites the viewer into "divine seeing." Visio divina shares roots with the ancient practice of lectio divina. 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 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

January 6, 2021 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Title TBD (presented by Debra Federico) 
 
Prayer Experience: Ignatian Contemplation 

February 3, 2021 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Experiences of Women of Faith and Women of Color 
 
Prayer Experience: TBD

March 3, 2021 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Title TBD (presented by Sr. Angela Gertsema, ASCJ)
 
Prayer Experience: Praying Through Lent

April 7, 2021 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Title TBD 
 
Prayer Experience: Praying Through Easter

May 5, 2021 - Click Here to Register

Workshop: Title TBD (presented by Cynthia Psencik) 
 
Prayer Experience: SoulCore 

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 while reciting 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 



Are Sponsorships/Vendor Opportunities Still Available in This Format? 

We are grateful for our many wonderful vendors, who have been an integral part of our Women's Conference since its inception. While the in-person experience of our vendor hall won't take place this year, we want to extend the invitation to our vendors to still be a part of the virtual conference.

If your business/ministry would like to sponsor one of the virtual events, please email Jennifer McClintock at jennifer.mcclintock@aohct.org to discuss options available, and to "save the date" for our 2021 in-person conference.

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Past Conferences

2019: "Set the World Ablaze" 

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or supported the third annual Archdiocesan Women’s Conference! Thank you, also, to Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford for hosting us. 
 
Thank you to Catholic Life Photography for providing photographic coverage of the event – click here to access the photo album.

2018: "Woman is the World's Harmony" 

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or supported the second annual Archdiocesan Women’s Conference! Over 300 women joined us at the Marriott in Farmington to be inspired by our keynote, nourished by spiritual breakouts, and spend the day in community.
Thank you to Catholic Life Photography for providing photographic coverage of the event – click here to access the photo album.

2017: "Be Strong and Courageous" 

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or supported the inaugural Archdiocesan Women’s Conference! Over 250 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.

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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

Nicole.Perone@aohct.org