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Martha & Mary Women's Conference
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Grand River Center
Dubuque, Iowa

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Featured Speakers


Therese Cirner, and her husband Randy live in Vero Beach, Florida. They have five adult children and one grandson. Therese has spent her adult life trying to live the hard times in life with as much love for the Lord as when there are good times. She is an author, conference speaker and a Clinical Counselor. Her heart is set on the Lord and she loves to share this love with other women.

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Fr. Bob Gross, born in Racine, Wisconsin as the youngest of four children, was drawn to the priesthood from an early age. He is the fifth member of his family to attend Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa, and it was during his senior year that he entered seminary. He graduated from St. Meinrad Seminary in southern Indiana, and on May 26, 2007, was ordained a priest by Archbishop Jerome Hanus of the Archdiocese of Dubuque. He was assigned to be associate pastor of Holy Spirit Pastorate, the newly formed cluster of the three parishes of Holy Ghost, Sacred Heart, and Holy Trinity parishes. His interests are history, philosophy, and theology.

Sharon Lee Giganti is a Catholic lay evangelist, a certified Catholic Catechist and postulant of The Holy Family Institute. She is a regular bi-monthly guest on Catholic Answers Live, specializing in the dangers of New Age Spirituality and the New Thought Movement. She and her husband, Frank, are proud parents of four year old Collette Celine.

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Especially for Young Adult Women and Teens! teens

A special session will be conducted for teens and young adults entitled: "A Journey from Eve to Mary". RyAnne Folck and Jenny Witt are going to speak on the privilege of being a woman and the vital roles that we have in our Church and in transforming the culture in which we live today.

RyAnne and Jenny are both full time missionaries for a dynamic campus outreach organization called FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students. FOCUS sends out missionaries in teams of four people to serve at college campuses. Currently FOCUS missionaries are on 39 campuses throughout the country and in 22 states. RyAnne and Jenny are serving the students at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.

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Other Opportunities Monstrance

Reconciliation, and Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be available during the conference.

Comments from previous conference participants:

"The speakers--they were dynamic and inspiring. The Eucharist Chapel was awesome."
"I liked it all so I can't choose a "best". The whole conference was absolutely GREAT--AWESOME. This is my first time and what a truly spritual day!"
"I feel so blessed to have been able to attend my 2nd conference. I hunger for this and want to help spread the good news."
"I have been attending the Martha & Mary Women's Conferences for two years as a new convert to Catholicism. I really love this conference and wouldn't miss it! I have recommended it to several friends, both Catholic and non-Catholic. Thank you for putting on such an inspirational and wonderful conference."