The Archdiocesan Office for Laity and Family Life today announced the speakers for the Catholic Women for Christ conference. Themed “Living Joyfully in Christ,” the fifth annual one-day event will be held Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the St. Charles [Missouri] Convention Center. Doors will open at 7 a.m. and the conference will conclude with the 4 p.m. mass with The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, celebrating. More than 600 Catholic women of all ages attended the event last year.
Kelly Wahlquist, a dynamic and inspiring Catholic orator, will deliver the keynote speech. Wahlquist weaves personal stories, scripture, and practical advice into her presentation regarding how women can better evangelize the faith. She is the program manager for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, co-creator of and speaker for the Hearts Afire Parish-based Programs (33 Days to Morning Glory) for the New Evangelization, editor of Catholicism 101, and a contributing writer for CatholicMom.com, TheDivineMercy.org and the Integrated Catholic Life, an eMagazine about integrating faith, family and work.
St. Louis native Maryann Rice, R.N., one of the founders of The Cornerstone, a Catholic scripture study, will serve as a presenter. For 15 years, Rice worked as a teaching leader at The Cornerstone’s Annunziata Branch, and continues to support the organization by writing study guides. Founded in 1984, The Cornerstone now has four branches in St. Louis, one in Springfield, MO, as well as locations in Florida, Texas and Spain. Rice, a Registered Nurse, worked for Mercy Hospital in St. Louis for 45 years before retiring in 2011. She is a past recipient of the St. Louis Archdiocesan Catholic Women’s Award.
Chesterfield resident and host of Relevant Radio’s “On Call™ with Wendy Wiese” will emcee the conference. A veteran television and radio broadcaster, Wiese’s program addresses how normal everyday listeners can keep their faith at the forefront of their lives. The program airs weekdays 1-2 p.m. Central Time, with daily encores at 4-5 a.m. and the “Best of On Call” premiering Saturdays 1-2 p.m. For local stations or to listen online, visit www.relevantradio.com.
In addition to the speakers, attendees can participate in Eucharistic Adoration, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, healing prayer, praise and worship music, and visit with an estimated 40 regional vendors.
Tickets, which include a box lunch and coffee break, cost $40/person if purchased before January 15, 2014. After the deadline, prices increase to $50/person. Group discounts for parties of ten or more are available at $35/person when ordered before December 1, 2013. Sponsorships may be offered for those who in need of financial assistance; there are special registration/pricing for religious and youth ages 16-22. For more information, or to register, visit catholicwomenforchrist.org or call 314.792.7183.