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Morning Women's Retreat October 15


Concerning Women columns featured in the Catholic Free Press

Reflections and paintings by our regular contributor, Brunhilde Luken, artist and author.


Christmas 2016 by Brunhilde Luken
Day of Prayer, “You Search Me,” at Campion Center in Weston, MA

You are invited to an open discussion of women in the diaconate

Monthly Taize prayer services available at Assumption College


Commission for Women – Welcome!

commissionlogoWe hope you will find all the information you need regarding the activities of the Commission and how it serves Catholic women of the Worcester, Massachusetts Diocese.

The Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester is an advisory group for the Bishop of Worcester, focusing on issues affecting women in the church and in society. The Commission has conducted a number of educational programs for Catholic women, and has directed studies on women’s issues in the Church and social justice issues.

The Commission’s main event is the “Gather Us In” Conference, which is held every other year at the DCU Center in Worcester. The highly successful bi-annual conference is designed to bring women of the Catholic faith together for a day of reflection, learning, discussion, and enlightenment, all in the service of enriching our spiritual lives. This has always been a very popular event, attracting approximately 800 women to each conference.

Our last conference, held in 2011, was entitled “Gratitude: Acknowledging and Affirming God’s Grace in Our Lives” and featured keynote presenters Liz Walker and singer/songwriter/poet Kathy Sherman.

The 2009 conference was entitled “The Triumph of Forgiveness: Sharing Stories of Compassion” with keynote speakers Paula D’Arcy and Immaculée Ilibagiza.

The “Gather Us In” Conference is the pioneering women’s conference in New England.  Plans are underway for the next conference, scheduled for November of 2013.

The Commission for Women sponsors other activities such as Secretaries Day (a day of appreciation for our diocesan parish secretaries) and the Unity Breakfast, held in the ‘off years’ between conferences.

We welcome new members. If you are interested in serving the women of the diocese of Worcester through the Commission, please visit our Membership Page.

You can contact the Commission by writing to We look forward to hearing from you!










19 Comments leave one →
  1. Linda Gerlip permalink
    February 16, 2011 2:42 am

    Could you please send me any information of this year’s 2011 Women’s Conference to be held in Worcester? I believe it will be on Nov 5th, and 6th. Thank you

    Linda Gerlip

    • February 16, 2011 2:40 pm

      We are formalizing our plans for the conference and the website will be updated within a week with more information on speakers, etc. When the update is completed, a mailing will be sent to everyone on our mailing list. Stay tuned . . .

  2. Louise DeLellis permalink
    March 21, 2011 10:06 pm

    I tried to send an email to to ask a few question about the Paula D’Arcy talks that will be given in Shrewsbury on 4/4 and 4/5. I got an error message back. Could you have this corrected on the advertisement and send me the correct address? I also tried to access your web site, but received a message that it no longer exists! Help!
    Thank you,
    Louise DeLellis

  3. J Hill permalink
    March 31, 2011 7:45 pm

    Is the below conference date the upcoming conference in 2011?

    “The “Gather Us In” Conference is the pioneering women’s conference in New England. Plans are underway for the next conference, scheduled for November 5, 2010.”

    • March 31, 2011 11:02 pm

      Thank you for pointing out that error. It should say November 5, 2011 and we have corrected that on the site.

  4. Rosa permalink
    October 8, 2011 5:11 pm

    Hi Linda, Rosa Ruiz, happy to know that you always are involved in the work of our lady.

  5. October 13, 2011 6:42 pm

    Are there any exhibitor spaces still left this year at the Conference?

  6. Ann Halsing permalink
    November 13, 2011 1:23 pm

    I loved the conference this year[as i do every time] i thought i heard one of the speakers mention that Joyce Rupp was going to be in our area in 2012,did i hear right?I would love to hear her again.also do you think you could have a return visit from Antoinette Bosco.Keep up the great work and God Bless. Ann Halsing

    • November 13, 2011 7:11 pm

      We are planning for Joyce Rupp to come sometime in September of 2012. Details will be forthcoming over the winter months. If you have not already, I encourage you to subscribe to our mailing list – write to to subscribe.

      • rachel M. Bradley permalink
        April 4, 2012 9:54 pm

        Please send where I can mail—or call for reservations for Joyce Rupp day in September29th at St Anns churh. I have five who want to register.
        Rachel Bradley
        23 Alpha Road
        Holden, Mass 01520

      • April 5, 2012 2:22 pm

        Rachel, thank you for your interest! I have forwarded your address to Carolyn who takes care of our general mailing list. We are mailing out brochures sometime in April. I’ve also added your email address to our email mailing list.

  7. Maureen Fulford permalink
    September 28, 2012 10:48 pm

    I am signed up for the Retreat tomorrow with Joyce Rupp but cannot find directions on Mapquest. It says St. Ann’s Parish Hall does not exist. Can you help me? I am coming from Maine tomorrow.

  8. Ann Pawlik permalink
    September 30, 2012 6:42 pm

    I thought Joyce Rupp’s Retreat Day on 9/28 was wonderful! I came in from upstate New York and was so happy I did! Keep up your wonderful work in the Worcester Diocese.

    • September 30, 2012 7:59 pm

      Wonderful! We are so glad you were blessed by the day. It was truly a wonderful day.

  9. September 4, 2013 11:28 pm

    I really like your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create
    this website yourself or did you hire someone to do
    it for you? Plz answer back as I’m looking to create my
    own blog and would like to know where u got this from.
    many thanks

    • September 5, 2013 1:41 pm

      The theme is offered by WordPress for free, it’s called Vigilance. I customized it with my own graphics.

  10. Kathy Majikas permalink
    March 20, 2016 12:18 pm

    Is there a women’s conference in 2016?

    • March 20, 2016 7:01 pm

      No, there are no plans at the present moment for another women’s conference. The Commission needs more members in order to pull it off.

      The Commission will however be sponsoring a smaller event probably for the Fall of 2016–it will be posted on the blog and information sent out to the email list when it becomes available.

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