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Martha & Mary Women's Conference
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Grand River Center
Dubuque, Iowa

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Featured Speakers

Make Time for the Lord

This is a day for women to be pampered,
challenged, affirmed and refreshed as they
come together to grow in thieir love of the
Lord and HIs Church.

Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T., S.T.L., Ph.D., has specialized in ecumenical questions, including women’s roles in the Church. She recently published The Catholic Priesthood and Women: A Guide to the Teaching of the Church. She belongs to the Missionary Servants of the Most Blessed Trinity. Sister is Professor of Theology at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/ Mundelein Seminary (Archdiocese of Chicago) and has taught dogmatic theology to seminarians for over twenty years. She serves on the International Theological Commission and is a consultant to the Pontifical Council for Promoting the New Evangelization and the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Doctrine.

Talk Titles
  • Women Priests: Why Not?
  • Gender Confusion

"There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part and it will not be taken from her." Luke 10:42
Fr. Brian O’Brien, originally from the Houston, attended Boston College with a degree in Theology and Political Science. He earned a Masters in Education through the University of Notre Dame’s Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE) program in 2000. After discernment and prayer, Fr. O’Brien studied for and was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 for the diocese of Tulsa. He earned an M.A. in Catholic Social Thought and Life in 2004 and a Masters of Divinity in 2007. He is the author of the book Tough Choices: Bringing Moral Issues Home (2003). Father has been a parish priest and high school chaplain and now serves as President of Bishop Kelley High School.

Talk Titles
  • Leave Room for the Holy Spirit! Why Ignoring the Third Person of the Trinity is Bad for Us.
Teen Talks
  • I Am Not a Chair
  • Big V/Little v: How Do I Know What to Do with My Life?
Virgina Seuffert lectured, debated, and authored articles on behalf of the pro-life movement in New York, for several years before moving to the Chicago area in 1988. Since that time, she has switched her focus to strengthening Catholic family life, especially through home schooling. Ginny has appeared on EWTN, been a guest on numerous radio shows, lectured at Catholic family conferences all over the United States and Canada, and authored many articles and her book Ginny’s Gems: Home Management Essentials. She is a founding member of the Illinois Association of Roman Catholic Home Educators. Mrs. Seuffert lives in Illinois with her husband.

Talk Titles
  • The Value of an Authentic Catholic Education
  • The Lost Arts of Home Making and Hospitality: Tools of Evangelization?



Other Opportunities Monstrance

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

Comments from previous conference participants:

"My spirit is always renewed when I come to the conferences."
"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!"
"Everyone was welcoming. The speakers were wonderful and spoke in a way that was engaging and informative at the same time. Thank you for a wonderful day. I can’t wait to come back."
"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."