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“Gather Us In” 2013

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Gather Us In 2013 Brochure and Registration Slip

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Join us on November 2, 2013 at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street, Worcester for our bienniel  “Gather Us In” Conference. We are pleased and proud to present these fine keynote speakers:

ValLimar Jansen, Morning Keynote Speaker

vallimar jansen for webBlessed with an extraordinary voice and dynamic storytelling skills (complete with costume changes), ValLimar Jansen is a highly regarded singer, cantor and recording artist with OCP, a leading provider of contemporary liturgical music in the United States. She is also a college professor, a leader of worship and prayer as well as a workshop presenter at conferences across the United States.

Jansen will present “Responding to Our God of Creation, Redemption and Inspiration”  Maintaining that we are each created in God’s image, for God’s purpose, Jansen will use scripture, reflection, prayer, music and storytelling to encourage each of us to live a life defined by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, ultimately sending us forth to be a blessing to others.

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Teresa Tomeo, Afternoon Keynote Speaker

tomeo for webTeresa Tomeo is an author, syndicated Catholic talk show host, and motivational speaker with more than 30 years of experience in TV, radio and print media.

In 2000, she left the secular media to start her own speaking and communications company.  Her daily morning radio program, “Catholic Connection,” is produced by Ave Maria Radio in Ann Arbor, Michigan and now heard on over 200 Catholic stations nationwide through the EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network.

In her presentation “Handmaids of the Lord: Re-discovering the Dignity of Women,” Tomeo will show the depth, beauty, and truth in the Church’s teaching on women, examining the roles of women in the Church. As one of only 250 women in the world invited to Rome to take part in a Vatican congress on women, Teresa also shares her insights from the historic 2008 Rome gathering focusing on how the Catholic teachings represent real freedom for daughters of God.

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Along with our keynotes, we offer these workshops:

peggy for webWorkshop #1: PEGGY PATENAUDE “All Is Well”
Life is messy. It is never 100% the way we want it to be. Many unwanted “interruptions” color our landscape and challenge our peace of mind. God, however, is present in every circumstance of our lives. When we accept what is, and remain open to grace, all is well.

Read the May “Concerning Women” column from the Catholic Free Press: “All is  Well” – highlighting the Gather Us In 2013 workshop presentation of Peggy Patenaude

sr bridget cropped for webWorkshop #2: SR. BRIDGET HAASE, O.S.U. “Walking the Path of Faith: Three Practices of the Abundant Life”
To live in the moment in praise of the God of Creation; to trust in the divine care of the God of our Redemption; to find inspiration by seeing our God everywhere…these are three practices of the abundant life. Join Ursuline Sister Bridget Haase as she shares how she learned these principles through serving in a feeding camp in the desert of Sudan; ministering to the paralyzed; journeying with her mother with Alzheimer’s disease; and struggling to accept her father’s suicide.   All these experiences led her to the belief that God daily creates us anew; mercifully redeems us;  and gently inspires us to faithfully walk the path of everyday life.

Read the June “Concerning Women” column from the Catholic Free Press: Three practices of the abundant life from Sr. Bridget Haase, O.S.U., presenter at Gather Us In 2013

tomeo for webWorkshop #3: TERESA TOMEO “Extreme Makeover: Seeing Yourself through the Eyes of Christ”
In this inspiring presentation you’ll learn how Teresa’s extreme makeover was done not by a plastic surgeon or a home-improvement specialist you might see on TV, but by the great physician Himself, the Lord Jesus Christ. Teresa will share how the media and its influence have impacted her own life and will also provide seminar participants with the tools needed to makeover their media habits and positively impact the culture.

“Many Ways to Pray”
(offered in the morning only)
Have you ever wanted to learn more about prayer, perhaps even to pray without ceasing as St. Paul tells us? This workshop will introduce you to two beautiful prayer methods that will deepen your relationship with the Lord. Sr. Yvette Bellerose, a sister of St. Anne and Sr. Mary Ann and Sr. Jurgita (Religious of the Assumption) will offer two different methods and allow you time to experience them. Sr. Yvette will present on Lectio Divina, the ancient method of praying with scripture while Srs. Mary and Jurgita will share with us the haunting chant prayers of Taize.

Read the July “Concerning Women” column from the Catholic Free Press: Many forms of prayer, many ways to commune with God – a prayer workshop at Gather Us In 2013

marie new (2)Workshop #4b (offered in the afternoon only):
MARIE FUSARO-DAVIS of the Commission for Women
“Talk-Back – Your Turn”

Longing for time to process and talk about what you have heard throughout the day with others? This workshop provides you the
opportunity to both reflect upon and discuss the ways in which the presentations relate to you and your life.

Registration opens in late August/early September. We will make the brochure available as as a download on this page at that time so be sure and bookmark this page.

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gather us in 2013 posterIn the meantime, we need you to spread the word!  Click on this link
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your parish.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Anonymous permalink
    August 28, 2013 2:19 am

    is it nov.2 or nov. 5th?

  2. Ann Turner permalink
    September 10, 2013 3:13 am

    Is there any booth space left for this conference? Who do I need to contact for information?

    • September 10, 2013 10:25 am

      Yes, I am sending you an email with the forms to fill out. Thank you for your interest!

  3. Kay permalink
    October 28, 2013 11:56 pm

    May I come on Saturday and register as a walk-in?


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