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Diocese of Harrisburg Women’s Conference

October 16, 2021 @ 7:00 am - 4:15 pm

Catholic Motherhood: Life-Giving Love

Theresa Farnan

Theresa Farnan

Keynote Speaker: Theresa Farnan, PhD, Catholic Speaker and Author

Keynote Title: From Clown Socks to Crazy Socks: St. John Paul II’s Insights about Women, Culture, and Our Maternal Vocation

Description: In Christifidelis Laici 51, Pope Saint John Paul II noted that “women have the task of assuring the moral dimension of culture.” He locates the primary place for women’s role in evangelization in the care of the most vulnerable, especially in the family and in support of families. This talk will consider how each one of us is called to shape our culture in the particular circumstances of her vocation.

Bio: Theresa Farnan is the co-founder of the Person and Identity Project. She has taught at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and at Franciscan University of Steubenville, and served on the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. She and her husband, Michael, are the parents of 10 children, ages 10-28.

Schedule for the Day

7:00 AM – Doors Open

8:00 – 8:15 AM – Welcome and Announcements

8:15 AM – 9:00 AM – Keynote Address – Theresa Farnan, PhD

9:10 AM – 9:35 AM – “When Tommy Wants to be Tammy”: Taking a look at Gender Dysphoria from Our Catholic Teachings – The Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, DD, JCL

9:45 AM – 10:10 AM – Mary: Arise and Call Her Blessed – Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM, STD

10:20 AM – 11:20 AM – Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

11:30 AM – 11:55 AM – The Dignity and Vocation of Woman or Lunch B (Confession Available) – Theresa Farnan, PhD

12:05 PM – 12:30 PM – Praying the Hail Mary Slowly and Fruitfully or Lunch A (Confession Available) – Sister John Sheila Galligan, IHM, STD

12:40 PM – 1:05 PM – The Seven Sisters Apostolate: Praying for Priests or Lunch C (Confession Available) – Mrs. Patty Price

1:15 PM – 1:40 PM – SHINE Faith and Fitness Exercise Program – Mrs. Tina Kowalski

1:50 PM – 2:15 PM – Being a Woman of Life – Mrs. Bonnie Finnerty

2:25 PM – 2:50 PM – Praise and Worship Music

3:00 PM – 4:15 PM – The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – The Most Rev. Ronald W. Gainer, DD, JCL – Principal Celebrant

In-person attendees are asked to wear face masks, regardless of vaccination status, except when eating.


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October 16, 2021
7:00 am - 4:15 pm
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