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CATHOLIC WOMEN’S CONFERENCE

TO FOCUS ON ‘ALIVE! IN PRAYER’

Pittsburgh – The Diocese of Pittsburgh will host its second Catholic Women's Conference on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

The theme of the conference is “Alive! In Prayer” and registration is required. For information, call 412-456-3129 or visit the conference website atwww.womenalivepgh.org.

Helene Paharik, diocesan associate general secretary and head of the steering committee for the conference, noted the theme for the day is taken from Bishop David Zubik's pastoral letter, “The Church Alive!” in which he writes that “being alive in prayer is being fully alive.”

Anita Gutschick will give the keynote presentation on “Praying with Women of the Bible.”

Anita Gutschick is an experienced stage actress who has worked professionally in video, film and radio. She developed “Women of the Bible” in 1995 and has performed at hundreds of retreats, conferences and programs for faith groups throughout the country.

Additional Speakers, all stressing “the longing of all women to be one with God through prayer,” will include: 

• Dr. Patricia Coyle on “Praying Through Difficult Times.”

• Dr. Theresa Farnan on “A Prayer for Families”

• Dr. Susan Muto on “Praying With Feminine Spiritual Masters.”

The conference is reaching out especially to younger women, and several sessions will address their concerns including “Single in the City: A Women's Guide to Prayer and Sexuality” and “Daily Devotions in a Digital Age.”

Bishop Zubik will offer the closing Mass for the women's conference, which will open with Morning Prayer and include workshops and Eucharistic adoration. 


Registration opens for diocesan women's conference in October 

By: PATRICIA BARTOS

Correspondent

The diocese will host its second Catholic Women's Conference on "ALIVE! in Prayer" Saturday, Oct. 19, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Wyndham Grand Hotel in Downtown Pittsburgh.

 "Praying is essential to our lives," said Helene Paharik, diocesan associate general secretary and head of the steering committee for the conference. She noted the theme for the day is taken from Bishop David Zubik's pastoral letter, "The Church Alive!" in which he writes that "being alive in prayer is being fully alive."

 Inviting Catholics to be excited about their faith, he added, "The Church Alive is rooted in prayer. Prayer provides the nutrients and the grounding for the Church Alive to flourish."

 Bishop Zubik will offer the closing Mass for the women's conference, which will open with morning prayer and include workshops and Eucharistic adoration.

 Paharik said the committee chose the theme "so that each of us, alongside of our sisters, can dive deeper into the joy of prayer, becoming more alive, thus bringing vitality to our families, our communities, our world, in so doing enliven this local church."

 Prayer is a critical topic in this era of "radical secularism," she said.

 "We seem to have forgotten our story: who we are, whose we are, where we came from, where we are going," she said, while at the same time "there is a reawakening of the need for faith, a rediscovery of the importance of God for humanity."

 The conference is reaching out especially to younger women, and several sessions will address their concerns:

 • "Single in the City: A Women's Guide to Prayer and Sexuality" by Holly Joy Penzenstadler.

 •  "Daily Devotions in a Digital Age" by Dorrie Donahue and Mimike Gareshe.

 • "Praying Across the Generations" will feature 17-year-old Jamilah Younger, plus Dr. Maureen Crossen, Judy Kirk and Brenda Younger.

 •  "Waken. Worship. Welcome: Encountering God in Strangers" by Mercy Sister Marilyn Lacey on welcoming refugees and migrants.

 •  "Creating Holy Ground With Movement and Music" by Ayisha Morgan-Lee.

 Additional speakers, all stressing "the longing of all women to be one with God through prayer," will include:

 •  Dr. Patricia Coyle on "Praying Through Difficult Times."

 •  Dr. Theresa Farnan on "A Prayer for Families."

 •  Franciscan Sister Rosaire Kopczenski on "Praying With Icons."

 • Dr. Susan Muto on "Praying With Feminine Spiritual Masters."

 Anita Gutschick will give the keynote presentation on "Praying With Women of the Bible."

 Registration began Aug. 1 and will be limited to 850 women. A registration form accompanies this article. For information, call 412-456-3129.

 Posters advertising the conference will be in parish vestibules, and information is available on the website, www.womenalivepgh.org.

 The site will enable women to register online and it will provide additional information on the speakers, plus video invitations and testimonials from area women. A video in American Sign Language also is included.

 The conference will be videotaped and uploaded to the website afterward.

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