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Diocese of Harrisburg Women’s Conference

October 21, 2023 @ 7:30 am - 3:30 pm

“Close to His Sacred Heart”

womens conference 2023Keynote Speaker: Lindy Wynne

Founder of Mamas in Spirit Catholic Ministry for Women and Host of Mamas in Spirit Podcast

Keynote: Immaculate: Open Your Heart!

Lindy Wynne has interviewed hundreds of guests in her podcast, Mamas in Spirit. While these guests shared how God has transformed their lives, Lindy was able to see the critical choice they all made that allowed God to change everything. With a special emphasis on the feminine heart (the symbolic center of the interior life) and messages and stories gathered from hundreds of hours of interviews, Lindy will explore the Blessed Example of Mary and how she surrendered her heart for Love Itself. Lay your heart down, listen to the whisper of God speaking personally to you and live a life more filled with freedom, love and joy than you ever imagined! Join the pilgrimage of the heart so that you can uncover the choice that can change everything for YOU, too.

Lindy Wynne has always had a contemplative heart—she discovered God as a nine-year-old girl and was baptized into the Catholic Church at 21. She holds a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling and has worked in professional ministry for over 15 years. Lindy is the founder of Mamas in Spirit (a Catholic Ministry for Women) and host of Mamas in Spirit Podcast, “a mini-retreat in a podcast.” Each week Lindy interviews guests about how God has transformed their lives through trial. The heart of Lindy’s life is her marriage to her husband of 23 years, Brian, and caring for their three children by adoption (ages 8, 21 and 24), two living with disabilities. Lindy believes God’s love knows no bounds and we are knit together as a human family by God.

Listen: Back to Busy – feat. Lindy Wynne, Mamas in Spirit Podcast – Candid Catholic Convos | Podcast on Spotify


Breakout Sessions:

Sister Geralyn Schmidt, SCC

Being a Woman of Compassion who Rests in the Heart of Jesus

Beginning with a reflection on the truth that Jesus infinitely loves us and invites us to respond to His love through a life of living with compassion, the session will take a deep dive into what compassion is and illuminate the ten traits of compassionate women.


Melissa Maleski, Director for Laity and Family

Called Forth as a Sentinel of the Invisible

What does it mean to be a woman? The answer is not as easy as it may seem, or as difficult as the world would have you believe! Guided by the mind of St. John Paul II and the lives of biblical women, the Church’s eternal Good News about womanhood will be explored in a deeper and refreshingly new way.

Listen: Healing Anxiety and Depression with Melissa Maleski of the Diocese of Harrisburg – Mamas in Spirit Catholic Podcast and Ministry for Women


Lindy Wynne

Fortified: God Sustains in Parenting

Does your parenting include a child living with a disability, mental health issue or medical illness? While these circumstances can be incredibly overwhelming, God is so much greater! Join adoptive parent Lindy Wynne as she shares all the ways God has nourished, loved into and fortified her throughout her 20 years of parenting children with multiple diagnoses. Learn to find God in all things (especially in your children when it’s tough), gain a healthier perspective and create a community of other moms who “get it.” Open your heart to the many ways God wants to renew you when it all seems like too much!


Schedule for the Day

7:30 AM – Doors Open | Confession
8:30 AM – Welcome
8:45 AM – The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, Most Reverend Timothy Senior, Principal Celebrant
9:45 AM. – Break
10:00 AM – Keynote Address – Immaculate: Open Your Heart! – Lindy Wynne
10:45 AM – Break
11:00 AM – Breakout Session 1
12:00 PM – Lunch  | Confession
1:15 PM – Breakout Session 2
2:00 PM – Break
2:15 PM – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & Confession
3:15 PM – Final Acknowledgments and Farewell


Vendor Registration

Online Registration ends October 16th! Walk-up registrations will be available for $50 per person at the beginning of the conference.


October 21, 2023
7:30 am - 3:30 pm
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Diocesan Center
4800 Union Deposit Road
Harrisburg, PA 17111 United States
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Kate Neri
(717) 657-4804