REDEEMED Women’s Conference

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Thank you to all who joined and supported us for the conference March 11! It was a great success! Check out these links for speakers and presentations of the conference.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth - Keynote
Bishop Folda - Homily
Eric Genuis - Panis Angelicus (during Mass)
Eric Genuis - Main Performance

Break-out sessions

Sr. Mary Elizabeth - "Living Under His Loving Gaze"
Dr. Link - "Loving your Husband"
Roxane Salonen - "Flannery O'Connor: Peackoks, Purpose and Perseverance"
Renae Duppong - "Longing for a Purpose"
Jennifer Anderson - "Catholic Guilt: A Woman's Guide to Healthy Boundaries"

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The “REDEEMED” Women’s Conference will be a time for women to discover more richly their identity as Beloved Daughters of the Father, independent of what they do or have done. Out of this identity arises the vocation to become gifts of love that bear the fruit of joy in the world.

Keynotes for this conference will include former presidential speech-writer, author, and current anchor for ETWN Nightly News Colleen Carroll Campbell and Sister Mary Elizabeth, SV (Vicar General of the Sisters of Life), as well as a world-class performance by acclaimed virtuoso pianist and composer, Eric Genuis.

Below you will find biographies for the speakers presenters and speakers, the complete schedule, as well as details on the venue, including the option of reserving rooms at Holiday Inn.

Conference Schedule

Time Activity
8:00 a.m. Registration
8:45 a.m. Welcome and Opening Prayer
9:00 a.m.
Presentation by Sister Mary Elizabeth, SV
10:00 a.m. Break / Confessions / Vendors
10:15 a.m. Presentation by Colleen Carroll Campbell
11:20 p.m. Break / Confessions / Vendors
11:45 p.m. Lunch
12:15 p.m. Performance by Eric Genuis
1:45 p.m. Break / Confessions / Vendors
2:15 p.m. Breakout Session 1 (the titles of the Break-out Sessions presentations
are listed below, after the name of each presenter)
3:15 p.m. Break / Confessions / Vendors
3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 2
4:35 p.m. Break / Confessions / Vendors
5:00 p.m. Mass with Bishop Folda
* Confessions and Eucharistic Adoration will be available throughout the day.

Speakers and Performers

Colleen Carroll Campbell

 
Keynote: “Love Comes First: Lessons from the Women Saints”
Break-out Session: “Wounded Healers: Finding Grace in the Burdens of Caregiving”

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Colleen Carroll Campbell is an author, print and broadcast journalist and former presidential speechwriter. Her books include her critically acclaimed journalistic study, The New Faithful, and her award-winning spiritual memoir, My Sisters the Saints. Campbell’s journalism credits include contributions to the New York Times, Washington Post, First Things and America, and appearances on CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, PBS and NPR. She has served as executive producer and anchor of EWTN News Nightly with Colleen Carroll Campbell and as creator and host of EWTN’s Faith & Culture television and radio interview show. A former speechwriter for President George W. Bush and editorial writer and op-ed columnist for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Campbell is the recipient of two honorary doctorates and numerous other awards for her journalism work. She serves as a lay consultant to the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has made presentations both in North America and Europe. Campbell lives near Washington, D.C., with her husband and four children, whom she homeschools. More information is available on her website www.colleen-campbell.com.

Sister Mary Elizabeth

 
Keynote: “Our Feminine Identity: A Gift to be Received and Given”
Break-out Session: “Living Under His Loving Gaze”

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Founded in 1991 by John Cardinal O'Connor, the Sisters of Life are a contemplative/apostolic community whose primary purpose is prayer on behalf of vulnerable human life. The apostolic works of the Sisters include a "Holy Respite," where pregnant guests are welcomed to live in the spiritual environment of a religious house, and a "Visitation Mission," offering hope and providing practical resources to women for whom pregnancy creates a crisis. The Sisters of Life also host a variety of retreats to build a culture of life, and to invite those who have suffered from abortion back to the Lord's merciful love. The apostolate of the community's newest foundation, in the Archdiocese of Denver, is one of evangelization specifically tailored to university students.

After finishing studies in Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Sr. Mary Elizabeth entered the Sisters of Life in 1993. She has served as Postulant Director, Novice Director, Director of the Family Life-Respect Life Office for the Archdiocese of New York and currently as the Vicar General for the community. Sister was a contributing author to the book: The Foundations of Religious Life: Revisiting the Vision.

Eric Genuis

 
Performance: An Encounter with Beauty

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The career of composer, virtuoso pianist and acclaimed performer, Eric Genuis, began in Krakow, Poland in 1997. A government dignitary heard Genuis’ music and he was invited to headline the entertainment for an AIDS benefit concert. This premier performance was attended by 15,000 people. Since then, Genuis continues to perform worldwide, upwards of 100 concerts each year.

Eric has received praise from music industry greats such as Joel Sill (music supervisor for films Munich and Forest Gump) who said “I remain a fan and look forward to him being more broadly discovered and to watching as his audience expands and appreciates his fine talents” and John Debney (film composer for The Passion of the Christ and Spy Kids), who proclaimed “From a musicians perspective, Eric Genuis’ music is brilliant—superbly crafted, unique in style and expertly performed.”

Eric has collaborated with famed British Maestro, Allen Wilson and the Slovak National Symphony to produce four CDs of his original work. Eric recently celebrated his debut role as an actor, as well as performing original music in filming for 2015 release of Mall Cop II.

Genuis’ musical education includes achieving First Class A.R.C.T. Honors in Piano Performance from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. He has completed course work in film scoring from the Berklee College of Music. Eric Genuis is a musical tour de force and his concerts are a proven thrill to music lovers of both classical and contemporary music. His website is www.ericgenuis.com. He is also runs “Concerts for Hope” ministry, which provides live performances to prison inmates.

Roxane B. Salonen

 
Break-out Session: “Flannery O’Connor: Peacocks, Purpose and Perseverance”

Roxane B. Salonen, a wife and mother of five from Fargo, is an award-winning children’s author and freelance writer who also enjoys Catholic radio hosting and speaking. Her work can be found weekly in The Forum newspaper, as well as at CatholicMom.com and her website, "Peace Garden Passage," at roxanesalonen.com. Roxane and her family are members of Sts. Anne & Joachim parish, where she and her husband, Troy, are involved in music ministry.

Flannery O'Connor has been touted as one of America's greatest fiction writers, not to mention a compelling apologist for the Catholic Church. A devout Catholic whose small but impressive body of fiction shows the soul's struggle with a world disassociated with God's grace, O'Connor's work has stirred the hearts of many, and seems more relevant now than ever. Though her life ended early in 1964 at age 39 of complications from lupus, the brevity of it only forced her to focus all the more on her purpose, as both a writer and child of God. In the summer of 2014, struck with curiosity over this remarkable woman's life, Roxane Salonen of Fargo and two writer friends from Wisconsin embarked on a journey to "meet" the ghost of their literary heroine at her former dairy farm and peafowl sanctuary, Andalusia, in Milledgeville, Ga. Roxane will share, for the first time publicly, some of those discoveries, including revelations such as why Flannery favored the peacock, not only for its beauty but how it points us straight to Christ.

Jennifer Anderson

 
Break-out Session: “Catholic Guilt: A Women's Guide to Healthy Boundaries”

Jennifer Anderson, MSW, LICSW is a Clinical Therapist at Catholic Charities North Dakota. She provides counseling for individuals, couples, and families. In addition she works with individuals who have a vetitum during their annulment process. Jennifer holds a Masters of Social Work degree from The University of North Dakota and a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of Wisconsin - Madison. Jennifer enjoys speaking on topics including: Conflict Resolution, Love Languages, and Living a Balanced Catholic Life. Jennifer is married to Greg and a mother of two adult children. She is a parishioner of the Cathedral of St. Mary in Fargo, where she is active as a Lector and Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion.

We wear many different “hats” as women. Each hat requires something different from us and impacts how we interact in our world with other people. We may be friend, daughter, girlfriend, sister, mother, wife, grandmother, career woman, student, coach, and homemaker. With the endless possibilities of the many hats we wear, in today’s world, we may feel torn in many directions. We feel we need to do it all or have guilt if we don’t. Jennifer will discuss healthy ways of living a guilt free life as a Catholic Woman in today’s busy world. Jennifer can be reached at www.facebook.com/jenniferbutterflygirl/

Renae Duppong

 
Break-out Session: “Longing for a Purpose”

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Ever feel lost? Ever tend to doubt that God can do great things with your life? If so, you're not alone! Sometimes it's hard to embrace your path in life if you feel like you're being led nowhere or keep hitting dead ends. Renae, a "North Dakota farm girl," shares pieces of her journey through life from completing her nursing degree at NDSU to working as a Catholic missionary with FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students) and eventually walking alongside her sister Michelle Duppong in her year-long journey with cancer. In our world of chaos and uncertainty, Renae hopes to inspire others to trust and find comfort in God's plan for their lives. She shares her story to show how He has led her down a path of many unknowns--ONLY to show His faithfulness and love. Renae currently resides in western ND where she works at the farm and vineyard of her parents Ken and Mary Ann Duppong.

Dr. James Link

 
Break-out Session: “Understanding and Loving Your Husband: Insights and Reflections”

Dr. Link received his education in theology and clinical psychology from the University of St. Thomas. He now operates his own private practice in Bismarck, ND. In addition to his general practice as a psychologist, he also specializes in the integration of religion and spirituality within the practice of psychology. He collaborates closely with the several dioceses in the Midwest in providing evaluations for religious and clergy, serving as an expert witness on diocesan Tribunals, and providing individual and marital therapy.

His talk entitled, “Understanding & Loving Your Husband: Insights and Reflections” will explore theological, biblical, and clinical insights aimed at increasing your understanding of a “man’s heart,” how best to love your husband, and some practical tips and suggestions to avoid common pitfalls in the marital vocation.

Dr. Link and his wife Tonya have seven children and reside in Bismarck.

Conference Venue

The REDEEMED Women’s Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn in Fargo, which is located 3803 13th Avenue South, across from West Acres Shopping Mall (Google maps). A block of rooms has been reserved at rate of $119 per night for both March 10 and 11. You can reserve a room by contacting the Holiday Inn at (701) 282-2700 and requesting a room under the “Diocese of Fargo” block. There is abundant parking for those who will travel in for the day.

Thank you to our major sponsors!

 KofCNorth Dakota State Council

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 State Bank

 Catholic Development Group

 KoCKnights of Columbus Insurance

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