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The inaugural Women of the Church conference was held Friday, October 7, 2016, through Sunday, October 9, 2016. The conference was hosted by the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, in partnership with Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

The Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, were founded in 1867 by four young Benedictine sisters who came to Ferdinand to teach the children of area settlers. 144 members strong and thriving, the community is one of the largest Benedictine communities of women in the United States.

For more than 150 years, the Benedictine monks of Saint Meinrad Archabbey have been educating and forming leaders for the Catholic Church. Today, the school offers initial and continuing education for priests, permanent deacons and laity.

In the News

The 2016 Women of the Church conference made headlines in several places following our spirited gathering!

We have collected links to a variety of articles and blog posts on this page to serve as a resource, both for participants and those of you who could not join us at the conference. Whether you are reflecting back on your conference experience or learning about the conference for the first time, we hope that these articles will offer insight into the conference itself and spark your ongoing consideration of the value of women’s leadership within the life of the Church.





  • You can reflect with Kerry Robinson’s beautiful conference preaching by going to her blog, Love in Ordinary Time.


  • For reflections on the conference from a participant’s perspective, see the blog post by Mai-Dung Nguyen, OP.


  • Kimberly Baker continued the conversation with Cardinal Tobin in this interview for American Magazine .








  • Carolyn Woo
    President and CEO, Catholic Relief Services

    Dr. Carolyn Woo has served as CEO and president of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) since January 2012. Founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to serve World War II survivors in Europe, CRS now reaches more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries on five continents.

    Dr. Woo, representing CRS, was featured in Foreign Policy (May/June 2013) as one of the 500 Most Powerful people on the planet and one of only 33 in the category of “a force for good.” Her monthly column for Catholic News Service took first place in the 2013 Catholic Press Association Awards in the category of Best Regular Column – Spiritual Life. She recently published Working for a Better World (Our Sunday Visitor, 2015).

    Before leading Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Woo served as dean of the Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame from 1997. During her tenure, the Mendoza College achieved No. 1 ranking (BusinessWeek/Bloomberg) in 2010 and 2011. Prior to her work at the University of Notre Dame, she served as Associate Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Purdue University.

  • Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings
    William W. and Anna Jean Cushwa Director of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame Associate Professor of American Studies and History, University of Notre Dame

    Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings is a historian who specializes in the history of women, immigration, and religion in the United States. She published her first book, New Women of the Old Faith: Gender and American Catholicism in the Progressive Era, in 2009 with the University of North Carolina Press. A volume co-edited with R. Scott Appleby, Catholics and the American Century: Recasting Narratives of U.S. History (Cornell University Press), was published in 2012.

    Her current project, Citizen Saints: Catholics and Canonization in America, was supported by an NEH Fellowship during the academic year 2010-11. She has published academic and scholarly articles on this topic and is recognized as a national expert on canonization.

    In June 2014, Dr. Cummings convened (with John McGreevy) Notre Dame’s Annual Italian Studies seminar in Rome. The seminar explored transatlantic approaches to the study of American Catholicism, with a particular focus on connections between Italy and the United States. She also serves as co-director (with Timothy Matovina and Robert Orsi) of the Cushwa Center’s “Lived History of Vatican II Project,” which explores the local implementation of the Council in 15 dioceses on six continents.

    In May 2015, she convened, with Carmen Mangion and Alana Harris, “The Nun in the World: Catholic Sisters and the Second Vatican Council,” an international conference in London. Dr. Cummings currently oversees the History of Women Religious, an academic organization devoted to the historical study of Catholic sisters in the United States.

    Dr. Cummings often serves as a media commentator on contemporary events in the Church. She appeared on NBC’s live coverage of the papal conclave in March 2013, the canonization of Popes John Paul II and John XXII in April 2014, and will appear on NBC’s live coverage of the papal visit to the United States in September 2015.

  • Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP
    Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame

    Sister Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on theological anthropology, Christology, fundamental theology, and feminist and intercultural theologies at the University of Notre Dame.

    She is the author of: Naming Grace: Preaching and the Sacramental Imagination (Continuum, 1997), Speaking with Authority: Catherine of Siena and the Voices of Women Today (Paulist, 2008), The Praxis of the Reign of God: An Introduction to the Theology of Edward Schillebeeckx (co-editor; Fordham University Press, 2002) and numerous articles on theology, preaching, and spirituality in both scholarly and pastoral journals.

    She is currently working on a book titled Words of Spirit and Life: Theology, Preaching and Spirituality. A former president of the Catholic Theological Society of America (2005-2006), Sr. Hilkert was the first recipient of Washington Theological Union’s Sophia Award for Theological Excellence in service of ministry in 1997 and was awarded Barry University’s Yves Congar Award for Theological Excellence in 2011.

    She was the 2012 recipient of the Ann O’Hara Graff Award by the Women’s Constructive Theology Seminar of the Catholic Theological Society of America for her contributions to the integration of academic and pastoral theology. She has preached and lectured in Canada, Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa and Australia, as well as the United States.

  • Breakout Session Speakers
  • Tammy Becht
    Director of “One Bread, One Cup,” Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, Indiana

    Tammy Becht is the director of the “One Bread, One Cup” summer liturgical leadership conferences for high school youth at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Indiana. Having worked in parish youth ministry for a number of years, Becht has a heart for youth and those who minister to them. Joining her love for youth with her desire to engage them in the liturgy provides the perfect combination for her work at OBOC.

    Becht is also a lay degree student at Saint Meinrad with graduation visible in the near-distant future. She and her husband live in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, and have four young adult children and six grandchildren.

  • Dr. Kathryn Lilla Cox
    Associate Professor of Theology, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota

    Dr. Kathy Lilla Cox has been at CSB/SJU and St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary since 2007. She teaches courses in fundamental moral theology and various areas of applied ethics. She earned her PhD in theology from Fordham University. She also serves on the editorial board of the Journal for the Society of Christian Ethics.

    Dr. Lilla Cox’s research and presentations explore the theology of infertility, the role of emotions in the moral life, conscience formation, and the intersection of science and theology. She has published an article on infertility, “Toward a Theology of Infertility and the Role of Donum Vitae,” in Horizons: Journal of the College Theology Society (June 2013). Her monograph, Water Shaping Stone: Faith, Relationships, and Conscience Formation (Liturgical Press, 2015) received a first place award from the Catholic Press Association in the Faithful Citizenship/Religious Freedom book category.

  • Dr. Ann Garrido
    Associate Professor of Homiletics, Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, Missouri

    While her first passion is teaching, for the past 14 years, Dr. Ann Garrido has found herself increasingly drawn into administrative roles including (at varying points in time) serving as her school’s Director of the Doctor of Ministry in Preaching, Director of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Director of Field Education, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Aquinas Ministry Integration Project.

    Dr. Garrido has served as senior editor of Human Development Magazine and is the author of five books, including Redeeming Administration (Ave Maria Press, 2013) and the forthcoming Redeeming Conflict (Ave Maria Press, 2016). Ann now commits half-time to traveling nationally and internationally doing conflict education and mediation work with Triad Consulting Group, an arm of the Harvard Negotiation Project based in Cambridge, MA. She and her husband have one son.

  • Sister Teresa Gunter, OSB
    Vocation Director, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana

    Sister Teresa Gunter entered the Benedictine community in Ferdinand, Indiana, in 1992 and made final profession in 1999. She has served as a youth minister and teacher in Kentucky and Indiana and is now working in vocations. As she explains it, “I guess I have been working in the vocation field since I talked my friends in high school to go on retreats with me. It’s a never-ending vocation for Vocations.”

  • Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg
    Professor of Systematic Theology, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio

    Dr. Edward P. Hahnenberg is the Jack and Mary Jane Breen Chair in Catholic Systematic Theology at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio. He taught previously at Xavier University in Cincinnati and at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his Ph.D. in 2002.

    Dr. Hahnenberg is the author or co-editor of five books – A Church with Open Doors: Catholic Theology for the Third Millennium (edited with Richard Gaillardetz, Liturgical Press, 2015), Theology for Ministry: An Introduction for Lay Ministers (Liturgical Press, 2014), Awakening Vocation: A Theology of Christian Call (Liturgical Press, 2010), A Concise Guide to the Documents of Vatican II (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007), and Ministries: A Relational Approach (Crossroad, 2003) – and numerous articles in academic and pastoral journals.

    He is currently a delegate to the U.S. Lutheran-Catholic Dialogue and was a theological consultant to the U.S. Bishops’ Subcommittee on Lay Ministry in its preparation of the document Co-Workers in the Vineyard of the Lord. In 2011, he received the Spirit of the Conference Award from the National Association for Lay Ministry in recognition of his contributions to the church’s ministerial life.

  • Sister Karen Joseph, OSB
    Spirituality Ministry, Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, Board Member, Alliance for International Monasticism

    Sister Karen Joseph currently gives retreats and workshops in Benedictine spirituality to Benedictines throughout North America. She has participated in the Monastic Studies Program at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary, Collegeville, Minnesota, has served as a staff member of the Benedictine Women’s Renewal Program in Rome, Italy, and is currently a board member of the AIM – USA. Sister Karen works in the spirituality ministry program of the Ferdinand Benedictines.

  • Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid
    Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

    Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid is associate professor of theology and Latina/o ministry at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. She has taught at Boston College since 2005. She holds a Ph.D. in systematic and philosophical theology from the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley, California).

    Her published work includes her book, Suffering and Salvation in Ciudad Juarez, (Fortress Press, 2011); a book she co-edited, Hope: Promise, Possibility and Fulfillment, (Paulist Press, 2013); as well as numerous articles addressing questions of soteriology, suffering, religious symbols, popular Catholicism, and Latina feminist theology.

    She is currently working on a book on Guadalupe as a religious symbol, and is co-editing a book on the Holy Spirit. She is president of the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS), vice president of the International Network of Societies of Catholic Theology (INSeCT), and a former board member of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA). She lives in Boston with her husband, Larry Gordon.

  • Sister Guadalupe Ramírez, MCDP, D.Min.
    Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology, Mexican-American Catholic College, San Antonio, Texas

    Sister Guadalupe Ramírez is a Missionary Catechist of Divine Providence. She has been in pastoral ministry for over 40 years, as well as in leadership positions in her religious congregation.

    Currently, she is an associate professor of pastoral theology at the Mexican American Catholic College in San Antonio, as well as coordinator of the mentorship programs for Hispanic lay leaders and religious sisters from Latin American countries ministering in the U.S., initiatives of Catholic Extension Society.

    Her parish work includes: Director of Catechesis, Pastoral Associate and Director of Ministries. In diocesan ministries, she has served as director of catechetical departments in Corpus Christi and Dallas, and Director of Hispanic Ministry in Beaumont. She served as Director of Pastoral Care at Mercy Hospital in Laredo, Texas, and as a member of the formation faculty at Assumption Seminary in San Antonio.

    She holds a B.A. in religious studies from Our Lady of the Lake University and an M.A. in religious studies from the University of Incarnate Word, both in San Antonio. In 2013 she received her Doctor of Ministry degree in adult spiritual formation from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

    She is committed to the spiritual and ministerial formation of the laity. She provides leadership formation for pastoral ministers, especially Hispanics, and serves as a workshop presenter in English or Spanish in catechetical, liturgical, and Hispanic ministry diocesan and regional conferences. She also facilitates retreats and parish missions.

  • Sister Kate Willegal, OSB
    Nurse Clinician of Post-Surgical and Pediatric Services, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana

    Sister Kate Willegal, OSB, a member of the Ferdinand Benedictines, has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Nursing. Sister Kate is an assistant professor of Nursing at Vincennes University Jasper Campus and is on the staff at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana.

  • Sister Rose Mary Rexing, OSB
    Executive Director of Mission Integration, Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, Jasper, Indiana

    Sister Rose Mary Rexing entered the Ferdinand Benedictines in 1968. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Indiana State University, Evansville campus. She taught math and chemistry at Forest Park High School and coordinated the High School Religious Education Program for over 20 years for St. Ferdinand Parish, in Ferdinand, IN.

    In 1978 she pursued an M.A. in systematic theology, from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She worked as the first pastoral associate at St. Ferdinand Parish for seven years until she was asked by her community to be director of vocations in 1988.

    Beginning in 1993, Sr. Rose Mary created with her community a workshop titled “Awakening: A Rebirth of Enthusiasm in Vocations,” which has enriched over 1,500 religious and laity from 37 countries. In 1999 she was asked to be the development director, which she changed to Director of Mission Advancement and successfully raised the funds to restore the monastery church along with the necessary operational needs. She has a certificate in fundraising management from the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University.

    After a six-month sabbatical in 2009, Sr. Rose Mary was hired for a new position at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center called Executive Director of Mission Integration. She oversees the Pastoral Care Department, Parish Nursing and Volunteers. Her primary responsibility is to ensure each member of the 1,500-person workforce lives out the mission and that all major decisions flow from the hospital’s mission, vision and core values.

  • Dr. C. Vanessa White
    Assistant Professor of Spirituality and Ministry, Director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies, and Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois

    Dr. C. Vanessa White is assistant professor of spirituality and ministry, director of the Certificate in Pastoral Studies, and the director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union. The Tolton Program is a theological and spiritual/ministry formation program for Black Catholics who are pursuing graduate study in preparation for ministerial leadership at Catholic Theological Union.

    She is also a faculty member for Xavier University’s summer Institute for Black Catholic Studies in New Orleans, as well as adjunct faculty for the African American Ministries Certificate program at Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles.

    Dr. White is co-editor (with Cecilia Moore and Paul Marshall, SM) of Songs of the Heart and Meditations of the Soul (St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2007) and contributing author of Liturgy and Justice (Liturgical Press, 2002).

    She has published articles in the National Religious Vocation Conference journal Horizons, New Theology Review, The Bible Today and U.S. Catholic Magazine. She contributed to CNN News’ “Black in America” series with a piece on Fr. Augustus Tolton and the experience of Black Catholics.

    She is a regular contributor to Give Us This Day, a daily prayer journal published by Liturgical Press. She was appointed by Cardinal Francis George to the Tolton Guild, which promotes the cause of Fr. Augustus Tolton through education and spiritual programs. She is one of the three official lecturers on the cause of Fr. Tolton.

    She is a consultant to the USCCB Subcommittee on Certification for Ecclesial Ministry and Service and she serves as a member of the Certification Commission for the Office of Catechesis and Youth Ministry.

  • Other Participants
  • Kerry Alys Robinson, Preacher for the Opening Liturgy (Vespers)
    Executive Director of Leadership Roundtable, Washington, D.C.

    Kerry Robinson is the executive director of Leadership Roundtable, dedicated to promoting excellence and best practices in the management, finances and human resource development of the Catholic Church by harnessing the managerial expertise and financial acumen of senior level lay executives.

    She is a member of the Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities and FADICA (Foundations and Donors Interested in Catholic Activities). She has been an advisor to and trustee of numerous grantmaking foundations, family philanthropies and charitable nonprofits since 1990, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, America Magazine, Jesuit Volunteers Corps and the Gregorian University Foundation. She serves on the advisory board of Voices of Faith, a global platform in the heart of the Vatican to celebrate the contribution of women to the Church and world. She gave a reflection at the 2015 Voices of Faith event held at the Vatican.

    Robinson served as the director of development for St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University and led a $75 million fundraising drive to expand and endow the chapel’s intellectual and spiritual ministry and to construct a Catholic student center.

    She is the author of Imagining Abundance: Fundraising, Philanthropy and a Spiritual Call to Service and the founding editor of The Catholic Funding Guide: A Directory of Resources for Catholic Activities.

    She and her husband, Dr. Michael Cappello, have two children.


  • Janèt Sullivan Whitaker, Composer of our Conference Theme Song
    Liturgical Composer

    Janèt Sullivan Whitaker is a nationally renowned composer of liturgical music for the Catholic Church. A native of Berkeley, she is a lifelong veteran of active music ministry in the Diocese of Oakland. Janèt’s compositions are published exclusively by OCP Publications in Portland, Oregon.


    Her best loved songs, In Every Age, Here At This Table and Day of Peace continue to be featured in OCP hymnals and parish missals, including Breaking Bread, Journey Songs, and Spirit and Song.

    In addition to her work as a composer and recording artist, Janèt is a dynamic cantor, percussionist, pianist, workshop presenter and retreat leader. For the past 14 years, she has served on the staff for”One Bread, One Cup” summer liturgical leadership conferences, the highly acclaimed youth program held at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in Southern Indiana. Her newest OCP collection, This Place of Perfect Peace features music from her years with this conference.

    Janèt holds a BA in music from California State University, Hayward (CSUEB), and an MTS in liturgical studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley.

    Currently residing in Hayward, California, she now serves as full-­time director of music and liturgy at St. Joan of Arc Parish in San Ramon, California.


  • Angelus, Concert Performers
    American High School Ensemble

    Whether the stark beauty of an 10th century chant, the rich harmonic language of a contemporary Irish work or the rusticism of a Sacred Harp tune, Angelus finds its voice in the wide range of sacred works it performs. Completely unique among American high school ensembles, Angelus is dedicated to the performance of sacred music of varied religious traditions and historical periods.

    Angelus has performed over eighty concerts in thirteen states including concerts in cathedrals and churches in Asheville, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York, San Francisco, St. Paul and St. Louis. Their recordings have been featured on “Celtic Connections” on National Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio and in Europe on the Dutch program, “Song from Ireland”. In April 2016, they made their Lincoln Center (NYC) debut as featured singers in Christopher Tin’s “Calling All Dawns” at David Geffen Hall.


  • Participating Bishops
  • Bishop Charles C. Thompson
    Bishop of Evansville

    The Most Reverend Charles C. Thompson was ordained and installed as the fifth Bishop of the Diocese of Evansville on June 29, 2011.

    Bishop Thompson is a native of Louisville, Kentucky, and a graduate of Moore High School in Louisville. He attended Bellarmine University, where he earned a degree in accounting.

    He also earned a Master of Divinity from Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology and a Master in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

    He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood, serving the Archdiocese of Louisville, in May 1987. In addition to serving five parishes across the Archdiocese, he served as Metropolitan Judicial Vicar and Director of Tribunals from 1993 to 1998, and as Vicar General of the Archdiocese from 2008 to 2011, when he was named Bishop of Evansville.

    He has served as a visiting professor of Canon Law at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology since 2002.


  • Archbishop Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R.
    Archbishop of Indianapolis

    The Most Reverend Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., was appointed archbishop of Indianapolis by Pope Benedict XVI, on October 18, 2012.

    Archbishop Tobin, a Redemptorist priest, is a native of Detroit. He was born May 3, 1952, and is the oldest of 13 children. He was educated at Catholic schools. He studied at Holy Redeemer College in Waterford, Wis., where he earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1975. He also studied at Mount Saint Alphonsus Seminary in Esopus, N.Y., where he received a master’s degree in religious education in 1977 and a master of divinity degree in 1979.

    Archbishop Tobin professed perpetual vows as a member of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (the Redemptorists) on August 21, 1976, and was ordained a priest on June 1, 1978.

    He was ordained an archbishop on October 9, 2010, in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome following his appointment on August 2, 2010, by Pope Benedict as the archbishop secretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. In that role, Archbishop Tobin worked in the Vatican to oversee the more than 1 million men and women in the world’s religious orders.

    Archbishop Tobin has served as a parish priest in the inner city in Detroit and Chicago. As associate pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit from 1979 to 1984, Father Tobin was responsible for ministering to the Hispanic community. He served as pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish from 1984 to 1990. He then served as pastor of St. Alphonsus Parish in Chicago from July 1990 until October 1991.

    Archbishop Tobin served as general consultor of the Redemptorist congregation from 1991 to 1997 and as its superior general from 1997 to 2009. He was appointed by the pope to five Synods of Bishops in 1998, 1999, 2001, 2005 and 2008.

    Archbishop Tobin has served as the co-chairman of the North American Orthodox-Catholic Theological Consultation since June 2013. He has also been a member of the USCCB Sub-committee on the Church in Africa since June 2013.

    On March 29, 2014, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Tobin a member of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

    Archbishop Tobin speaks several languages including Spanish, Italian, French and Portuguese.



  • Friday, October 7, 2016
    • 2:00-5:00 p.m. RegistrationMonastery Event Hall
    • 2:00-5:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall OpenMonastery Event Hall
    • 5:00 p.m. (Optional)Vespers with the SistersMonastery Church
    • Dinner on Own
    • 6:30-7:15 p.m.Opening Liturgical Celebration Monastery Church
    • 7:45-8:45 p.m.Kickoff Keynote Speaker: Carolyn Woo, Catholic Relief Services Monastery Event Hall
    • 8:45-9:30 p.m.Reception and Exhibit Hall Open Monastery Event Hall
  • Saturday, October 8, 2016
    • 8:00-8:30 a.m. (Optional)Morning Prayer with the SistersMonastery Church
    • 8:30-9:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall Open Monastery Event Hall
    • 9:30-10:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker: Kathleen Sprows Cummings, University of Notre Dame Monastery Event Hall
    • 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions Various Rooms on Campus
    • 12:00-1:00 p.m.Box LunchMonastery Event Hall
    • 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.Exhibit Hall OpenMonastery Event Hall
    • 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. (Optional)Church Tours Monastery Church
    • 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Moderated Conversation with Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Bishop Charles Thompson Monastery Event Hall
    • 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.Breakout SessionsVarious Rooms on Campus
    • 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.Evening Prayer and BanquetFerdinand Community Center
    • 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.Concert: AngelusMonastery Church
  • Sunday, October 9, 2016
    • 8:45 - 9:30 a.m. Exhibit Hall OpenMonastery Event Hall
    • 9:30 – 10:45 a.m.Keynote Speaker: Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, University of Notre DameMonastery Event Hall
    • 10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Exhibit Hall OpenMonastery Event Hall
    • 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.Closing Sendoff Mass with Bishop Charles ThompsonMonastery Church


  • Conference planning lunch at local restaurant at the foot of the hill of the Monastery in Ferdinand. L-R: Agnes Kovacs, Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, Janet Millen, Kimberly Baker
  • Kimberly Baker preparing tote bags for guests
  • Assembling conference materials. L-R: Paul Kovacs, Sr. Mary Ann Verkamp, Agnes Kovacs, Margaret Buechler
  • Gift bags for keynote speakers and others
  • Sr. Jeana Visel collecting the local YMCA's shuttle for the conference.
  • Paul Kovacs, Margaret Buechler and Agnes Kovacs preparing the Ferdinand Community Center for Saturday banquet.
  • Opening Liturgical Celebration in the Monastery Church. Kerry Robinson preaching.
  • Sr. Jeana Visel and Kimberly Baker reads greeting from Pope Francis during the Opening Liturgical Celebration.
  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman providing hospitality as participants gather to hear kickoff keynote speaker, Dr. Carolyn Woo in the Event Hall
  • Agnes Kovacs welcoming everyone to the conference
  • Event Hall for Dr. Carolyn Woo's keynote "Working for a Better World: God, Neighbor, Self"
  • Dr. Carolyn Woo
  • Agnes Kovacs, Dr. Carolyn Woo, Kimberly Baker
  • Reception following Keynote
  • Saturday morning keynote speaker, Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings: "Catholic Women and Leadership: Witness from the Past, Wisdom for the Future"
  • Dr. Kathleen Sprows Cummings
  • Saturday lunch time on the Monastery grounds
  • Enjoying the sunshine during lunch break
  • C. Vanessa White ready to lead her workshop, "A Ministry Mosaic: Intercultural Leadership in Today's World"
  • Sr. Guadalupe Ramírez, MCDP, ready for her workshop, "The New Horizon in Hispanic Female Leadership"
  • Conference attendee speaking with vendor
  • Rachel Forbes Kaufman, Sr. Mary Mundy, SP, and Bishop Charles Thompson prior to moderated discussion.
  • Kerry Robinson, Elizabeth Donnelly, Andrea Hattler-Bramson
  • Kimberly Baker moderates conversation with then Archbishop Joseph Tobin and Bishop Charles Thompson.
  • Vendors having a conversation during a break
  • Afternoon breakout session with Dr. Edward Hahnenberg: "Leading the Way: Discerning a Call to Lay Ecclesial Ministry"
  • Menu for Saturday evening banquet
  • Desserts are ready
  • Dominican Sisters of Peace
  • Conversation before dinner
  • Angelus Concert in the Monastery Church after banquet
  • Kimberly Baker with Sunday morning keynote speaker, Sr. Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP
  • Exhibit Hall prior to closing sendoff Mass. Dr. Nancy Pineda-Madrid (left) and conference attendees
  • Conference participants, along with speaker Dr. Ann Garrido (third from right), from the Aquinas Institute of Theology
  • Kimberly with Dr. Kathryn Lilla Cox
  • Conference planning committee near conclusion of conference. L-R: Janet Millen, Sr. Jeana Visel, OSB, Kimberly Baker and Agnes Kovacs
  • Closing sendoff Mass with Bishop Charles Thompson in the Monastery Church