This year’s “Refresh Your Faith” Conference for Catholic Women will be held both in-person and via livestream on Saturday, June 19. The conference will begin at 8:45 a.m. under an open-air tent at Marywood University.
The conference will follow all recommended guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Diocese of Scranton for masks and physical distancing for those attending in person.
For those who wish to participate but have concerns about in-person gatherings, the conference will also be livestream and can be enjoyed in the safety and comfort of home. The theme of this year’s conference is “With Merciful Love.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has been an awakening for people of faith as the fear and isolation of the past year have worn on. “With Merciful Love” is an opportunity for women to explore and deepen their faith and spirituality in light of these challenging times.
Keynote speaker Therese Bonopartis, co-founder of Entering Canaan Ministry: Healing After Abortion, will share her journey of healing through divine mercy. In addition, featured speakers include Father Chris Alar of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, who will reveal the beauty and power of the message of Divine Mercy and Sister Virginia Joy, a member of the Sisters of Life religious order who will speak of the Love that frees you to live in the truth of who you are.
The day will include Eucharistic Adoration, the rosary, and a Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Joseph C. Bambera, Bishop of Scranton. Uplifting and inspirational music will be performed by Cleveland-born Christian music artist Taylor Tripodi and her band. Now residing in Nashville, Ms. Tripodi was named one of the top 30 Christian music artists in the world by Aleteia magazine in 2018.
Participants can also enjoy a continental breakfast, lunch and shopping at the Catholic Vendor Marketplace. Cost to attend the conference is $40 for in-person and $20 for virtual. Student tickets are $20 and women religious are welcome free of charge.
Volunteers are always needed and those who sign up for four hours at the conference will receive a free ticket.
For more information and to register, visit cwcnepa.com.