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Registration Opens July 1, 2021.

The Women of the Church Forum will launch our first regional gathering for emerging leaders, from young adults to women discovering new directions later in life.  It will be held October 22-24, 2021 at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in the Archabbey Guest House. If you are new to a leadership role or discerning how to share your gifts in the Church, we invite you to join us in our Forum activities to be strengthened and challenged. We will offer inspiring presentations, opportunity for reflection and discernment on one’s leadership, as well as space to share your story of leadership in the Church. Our hope is that you will be renewed and supported for your work in the mission of the Church.

Sponsors for the 2021 Regional Forum

Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology

The Loyola Foundation

Registration will open July 1, 2021 and will be capped at 50 participants. Check out our list of speakers, the schedule and other details on the tabs above.



  • Kerry Alys Robinson
    Executive Partner for Global and National Initiatives, Leadership Roundtable and Executive Director-Elect, Opus Prize Foundation

    Robinson has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grantmaking foundations, family philanthropies, and charitable nonprofits since 1990, including the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities (FADICA). She served as the director of development for Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University where she led a $75 million 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 is the prize-winning author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service. She and her husband, Michael Cappello, MD, are the parents of Christopher and Sophie.

  • C. Vanessa White
    Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and Associate Director for the Th.M. Degree Program at Xavier University of Louisiana’s Institute for Black Catholic Studies.

    Dr. White’s articles and essays have appeared in New Theology Review, U.S. Catholic, AMERICA, National Catholic Reporter and CNN.org. She is co-editor of the book, “Songs of Our Hearts and Meditations of Our Souls: Prayers for Black Catholics. (St. Anthony Messenger Press) as well as contributor to AMORIS LAETITIA: A New Momentum for Moral Formation and Pastoral Practice (Paulist Press, 2018). Dr. White is a contributor for the Give Us This Day, and the Catholic Women Preach web series. She is currently working on her contribution for the Black Catholic Studies Reader to be published by CUA Press.

    Dr. White is an advisor to the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry, and to the Fetzer Institute’s ‘Study of Spirituality in the United States” which was published in the fall of 2020. Since 2010, she has worked in promoting the cause for canonization of Venerable Augustus Tolton. She is a member of the Catholic Theological Society of America, the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality and a member and past convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium.

    Her research is focused on the intersections of spirituality and praxis: discernment, health, women’s spirituality, diversity/intercultural dialogue, leadership development, spiritual and ministry formation, spiritual practices, lay ministry, adult faith formation and issues pertinent to the life of Black Catholics.

  • Workshop Leaders
  • Kimberly Baker
    "Leadership Lessons from One Woman's Journey"

    Kimberly Baker, PhD, a co-founder of Women of the Church, is associate professor of patristics at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.


  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman
    "How Purpose Changes Across Your Lifetime: Tools for Discerning Those Life Transitions"

    Rachel Forbes Kaufman is the founding director of The Retirement Institute TM, a ministry of Forbes Well-Being Advisors. Her ministry is devoted to the discernment needs and life transition support of the healing professionals in medicine and ministry.

  • Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB
    "Seeking the Visible Face of God: Praying with Icons"

    Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB is a Benedictine sister of Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand, Indiana. A northern Illinois native, she has a deep heart for the beauty of rural life and culture. Her education in religious studies, theology, monastic life, and spirituality has led to various positions teaching high school and graduate theology, and more extensive study and practice of Eastern Christian iconography.

    Presently an administrator at Saint Meinrad, Sr. Jeana enjoys accompanying those discerning God’s call in their lives. She also loves using her voice for classical music and liturgical song.

  • Small Group Facilitators
  • Audra Douglas
    Small Group Facilitator

    Audra Douglas is a family nurse practitioner in Evansville, Indiana and a member of St. Benedict Cathedral Parish.  She is a 2015 graduate of Saint Meinrad School of Theology and currently working on her Certificate in Spiritual Direction.

  • Giselle Andolz-Duron
    Small Group Facilitator
  • Judith R. Fean, MA
    Small Group Facilitator

    Following her recent retirement from Vice President for Mission at Saint Mary’s College, Judy will continue sharing her pastoral ministry, mission integration, and leadership experiences especially in higher education, as a consultant. She is committed to the spiritual and ministerial formation of women and is deeply rooted in Holy Cross Spirituality as witnessed through her collaborative work with the Sisters of the Holy Cross.

  • Lauren Johnson
    Small Group Facilitator

    Lauren is a wife, studies sacramental and liturgical theology at St. Meinrad School of Theology, and works as Co-Coordinator of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Owensboro.

  • Bertha Melendres
    Small Group Facilitator

    Bertha Melendres is the Diocesan Director of Hispanic Ministry for the Diocese of Evansville in Indiana  and has been in church ministries for over twenty-five years.


  • Friday, October 22, 2021
    • 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.Registration, Campus ToursGuest House Lobby
    • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Vespers with Monastic Community (optional) Archabbey Church
    • 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. DinnerGuest House Dining Room
    • 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. Welcome and Opening Liturgical Celebration Guest House Chapel
    • 7:30 – 8:45 p.m. Plenary Session 1Guest House Room TBD
    • 8:45 – 9:30 p.m. Reception Guest House Lobby
  • Saturday, October 23, 2021
    • 5:30 – 6:15 a.m. Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional) Archabbey Church
    • 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Guest House Dining Room
    • 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Morning Announcements Guest House Room TBD
    • 9:45 – 10:45 a.m. Breakout Session 1 See Program
    • 11:00 – 11:45 a.m. Gathering the Wisdom Guest House Room TBD
    • 12:00 – 12:15 Midday Prayer Guest House Chapel
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch Guest House Dining Room
    • 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Reflection Time, Campus Tours
    • 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. Plenary Session 2Guest House Room TBD
    • 3:45 – 4:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2 See Program
    • 5:00 – 5:30 p.m. Vespers with Monastic Community (optional) Archabbey Church
    • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Dinner Guest House Dining Room
    • 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. A Breath of Beauty
    • 8:00 – 9:30 p.m. Reception Guest House Lobby
  • Sunday, October 24, 2021
    • 7:15 – 8:30 a.m. Vigils and Lauds with Monastic Community (optional) Archabbey Church
    • 7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast Guest House Dining Room
    • 9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Morning Announcements Guest House Room TBD
    • 9:15 – 10:15 a.m. Breakout Session 3 Guest House Room TBD
    • 10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Gathering the Wisdom Guest House Room TBD
    • 11:15 – 12:00 a.m. Closing Sendoff MassGuest House Chapel
    • 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Box Lunches Available

Additional information

Registration Opens

July 1, 2021

Registration Price

$250 (includes lodging and all meals)


$100 (includes all meals)

Registration Deadline

October 1, 2021

Available Rates

Full registration (includes housing and meals), Commuter registration (includes meals only)