Archdiocesan Women's Conference

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November 9, 2019
Northwest Catholic High School (West Hartford, CT)
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. “Coffee and” and lunch are included!
Keynote: Sarah Hart

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Keynote: Sarah Hart

How to Be Women on Fire! (Without Burning Out) 

SARAH HART is one of the leading figures in contemporary Roman Catholic music today. Her songs of faith have touched the lives of millions. Originally from Lancaster, OH, she has a degree in music from Ohio State University. Now based in Nashville, she is on the road a good part of the year juggling songwriting, recording, concerts, and a full events schedule.

Sarah’s songs are part of the common worship experience of Roman Catholics in the United States: worshippers might recognize “Go In Peace,” “You Alone,” “Sweet Redeemer,” among others. Her signature blend of folk, pop, and rock delights listeners of every age. She boasts nine albums as a solo artist, including Til the Song is Sung (her latest) and Above Earth’s Lamentation. She often co-writes with authors like Curtis Stephan, Steve Angrisano, and Jesse Manibusan. Her songs have been covered by Amy Grant, Celtic Women, Matt Maher, Jason Crabb, and The Newsboys. Amy Grant’s recording of Sarah’s “Better Than A Hallelujah” earned a Grammy nomination for Best Gospel Song. In October of 2013, Sarah was invited to perform for Pope Francis and a crowd of 150,000 people in Saint Peter’s Square. Sarah’s dynamic energy, sense of humor, and deep faith make her concerts, keynote presentations, and retreats all unforgettable experiences. She especially enjoys exploring topics around women’s ministry and women’s spirituality. 


Sarah lives in Nashville with her husband and two beautiful daughters.




A: Be Who You Are And Be That Well

"Be who you are and be that well." These words of Saint Francis de Sales remind each one of us of our personal call to holiness. Our unique strengths, weaknesses and desires play an important role in our personal identities and in our relationships with God and with one another. As women of discernment, we grow in our awareness of God's personal invitations in the present moment.

Presenter: Sr. Angela Gertsema, ASCJ (vocation director, Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus)


B: Called to Set the World Ablaze

“We should not grow discouraged before examples of holiness that appear unattainable… The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts…” – Pope Francis (Gaudete et Exultate)

What are the gifts that God has given you?  How might you utilize those gifts to set the world and the Church ablaze?  During this workshop, we will explore ways that we can be attentive, intentional, and cooperative with God’s grace in serving the world.  Pope Francis believes the church to be a field hospital after battle.  We will discuss how we can discern God’s call in our lives to reach out to others and be an instrument of Christ’s love and compassion in the world.

Presenter: Liza Peters (Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry, Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center)


C: So, What’s In Your Gucci?: The Emotional Baggage Women Carry – A Catholic Therapist’s Perspective on Healing from Shame, Anxiety, and Depression

A woman’s pocketbook contains items applicable to the current season of her life. Thirty years ago, my pocketbook contained dolls, diapers, and Desitin. Today, it holds maximum-strength Aleve and my AARP card. As we move through the seasons of life, we carry what is useful and beneficial for that time. Unfortunately, women also carry emotional baggage throughout the course of their entire lives. Emotional baggage is holding on to a “pocketbook” of yesterday’s negative experiences, traumas, or relationships.
This talk will explore shame, anxiety, and depression (“SAD”) – examples of emotional baggage which stifle our God-given right to live freely. This talk will also examine the Old and New Testaments to uncover cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) directly from Scripture, which inspire healing from the “SAD” emotional baggage held onto by modern Catholic women.  
Presenter: Debra Federico, LMFT (owner, Beauty From Ashes Catholic Family Therapy LLC)


D: The Wisewoman: Archetypes for Women Over 50

All of us over 50 have reached a certain point in our lives where we are free to express ourselves, cherish every moment, and be grateful for the wisdom learned from a life well lived.  A brief history of women’s issues, cultures and women’s archetypes, maiden, mother and grandmother will be presented, along with finding these archetypes in our own Roman Catholic tradition. The session will include a guided meditation to meet our own Wisewoman. 

Presenter: Chaplain Geri Cappabianca, MA, LPC, BCC


E: “To Be … Or Not To Be …”: Can You Be Proud and A Disciple at the Same Time?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that one of the capital sins is pride, which is a sense of superiority and exaggerated sense of self-worth.   Yet, as women, we often wrestle with a false sense of humility, sometimes fending off positive comments at every turn!  Join us for a conversation about how to live in balance between pride and false humility, recognizing the wonders that God has done in each of us. 

Presenter: Gail Bellucci


F: Faith in Friendship

In the journey of life, from childhood through adulthood, we experience a kaleidoscope of friendships. Do your friendships draw you closer to Christ or widen the gap between you and Christ? We will explore how faith strengthens friendships and how friendships are gifts of faith.

Presenters: Kay Taylor-Brooks and Vernette Townsend


G: El Poder de la Oración en Nuestra Vida Diaria (offered en Español)    

En nuestra sociedad llena de distracciones y compromisos, una vida de oración nos fortalece para mirar dificultades, retos y celebraciones que experimentamos en nuestra vida diaria con optimismo y fe. En este taller podremos dialogar sobre la importancia de permitir que la oración nos ayude a crecer y mejorar nuestra comunicación y relación con Dios. Incluiremos consejos y sugerencias sobre cómo usar herramientas tales como, libros de oración, tecnología (videos y programas en la red) y muchos otros recursos. 

Presenter: Evelyn Robles-Rivas

Spiritual Breakouts:

A: Eucharistic Adoration/Sacrament of Confession
B: Choose Your Own Adventure: Exploring Different Types of Prayer
C: Ignatian Contemplation: On the Road to Emmaus
D: SoulCore Rosary
E: Visio Divina
F: Una Mujer Es El Combustible De La Espiritualidad Familiar
G: Using Technology in Your Prayer Life

Ticket Pricing:

If you are a parishioner of the Archdiocese of Hartford, prices stagger as follows:

  • Register between October 1 - November 5: $55/pp
  • After November 5/walk-in to the conference: $60/pp

If you are joining us from a neighboring diocese: $60/pp

We accept checks or credit cards, but cannot accept cash.

Please note that there will be a $5 credit card processing fee.

Click here to register online! Click here for a paper registration form


Interested in Hearing More of Sarah Hart? 

While she is in Connecticut, Sarah will also be performing at the parish of Saint Raphael in Milford with the Saint Ann choir! 



2018: Woman is the World’s Harmony

Thank you to all who attended, sponsored, or supported the second annual Archdiocesan Women’s Conference! 350 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 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