MIDWEST CITY — Oklahoma Catholic women and teens are invited to spend a day of reflection, healing and renewal at the Oklahoma Catholic Women’s Conference set for April 5 at the Reed Center, 5800 Will Rogers Road.
The eighth annual conference will include a morning Mass with Archbishop Paul S. Coakley, adoration, reconciliation and a vendor area. Personal items that belonged to the Rev. Stanley Rother, an Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala, will be on display.
Four general sessions and two breakout sessions for teens, featuring nationally and locally known speakers, have been scheduled.
Speakers and topics of the general sessions are Maura Byrne, “From Victim to Survivor: Courage and the True Meaning of Beauty”; Tom Peterson, “Our World Needs Catholic Heroes”; Pat Gohn, “Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious”; and Jamie Biller, “The Shepherd Cannot Run: The Life of Father Stanley Rother and His Gift to Our Faith.”
In the breakout sessions for young women, Byrne will present “Eating Disorder: It’s Not About Food,” and Lorryn McGarry will present “You Go, Girl! The Power of Femininity.”
Participants are encouraged to bring donations for Sanctuary Women’s Development Center, a service of Catholic Charities that provides resources and support for low-income and homeless women and children. Needed items include personal hygiene products, snacks, baby supplies and gift cards for gasoline and groceries.
Through Saturday, the registration fee is $55 for adults and $30 for students, and includes a box lunch and drink. After Saturday, the registration fee is $65. Space is limited.
Registration can be submitted on the conference website using PayPal, or by mailing in a registration form available on the website or in parish offices. Special room rates are available at the connected Reed Center-Sheraton Hotel by calling 455-1800. For registration and more information, call 396-6292, email ocwc@OCWConference.com or go to the conference website at www.OCWConference.com.