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 March 2 at the Meridian Conference Center in Oklahoma City.
The seventh annual conference will begin at 7 a.m. for check-in and include a morning Mass with the Most Rev. Paul S. Coakley, archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, at 8 a.m. The closing prayer will be at 5 p.m.
Four general sessions and two new breakout sessions for teens will feature nationally and locally known speakers. Vendor booths will be set up, with books, clothing and religious items for sale. A relic from Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta also will be featured.
Speakers and topics of the general sessions are:
• Susan Conroy, who made her first trip to Calcutta to work with Mother Teresa and the Missionaries of Charity in 1986, will speak on “Mother Teresa's Lessons of Love and Secrets of Sanctity” and “The End of the Present World and Mysteries of the Future Life.” In 1991, during Lent, she returned to Calcutta to again work with the nuns there. She travels across the country giving presentations about her experiences with Mother Teresa.
• Dr. Mary Martin, a board-certified obstetrician and gynecologist and attending physician for the family medicine residency program at St. Anthony Hospital, will speak on the topic “Barefoot, Pregnant and Stupid: What Catholicism Actually Teaches About Women's Healthcare.”
• Mary Poirier will speak about “Family Intimacy, Sin and Redemption: A Testimony of Hope.” She and her husband, Michael John Poirier, have served the church through missions, retreats, concerts, conferences and days of reflection for Catholics across the United States and Europe.
• Speakers and topics for the teen sessions include Martin, who will speak about how Catholic young women should approach health care, and Lorryn McGarry, a UCO graduate who worked as a counselor at Birth Choice throughout college. McGarry, a teacher and member of the board of the directors of the newly established Holy Innocents Chapel in Warr Acres will speak about “Ten Life-Altering Steps to Finding Your Soul Mate.”