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Women renewed, challenged on North Side

SAN ANTONIO – Women from all over San Antonio’s north side and beyond gathered for Pilgrim Center of Hope’s “Come to Me” Catholic Women’s Conference on April 12 & 13, 2019 at St. Mark the Evangelist Church’s Event Center.

This was the first of two smaller conferences—rather than one large conference—in 2019. (Another conference will take place on San Antonio’s south side, September 20 & 21, 2019 at St. Margaret Mary Church.) It marked the first time CWC has been held at the venue, and was Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller’s first time visiting the Event Center; which previously had been a Protestant church.

One attendee, Blanca, excitedly shared that the building used to be the church that her husband had attended before converting to the Catholic faith. Pilgrim Center of Hope transformed the building into a “spa for the soul” including areas for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, ministry and vendor exhibitors helping women deepen and share their faith, and much more.

During Saturday morning Mass, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS, challenged those present to apply their gifts toward unity in the Church and between peoples, assuring the women: “We need you” to heal divisions and build bridges.

On evaluation forms, women’s comments were overwhelmingly positive, citing the intimate and personal atmosphere. Laughter was heard throughout the weekend, especially during joyful and reflective presentations by Sr. Tracey Dugas, FSP, Kendra Von Esh, and Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox. Women walked away healed and renewed in spirit, ready to continue their journeys in hope.

We thank attendee Nea Britton for sharing her photos, some of which are included in the gallery below.

All women who did not experience the April event are welcomed to register for the September conference.

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Women’s Conference impacts 1400 women, communities

Women from as close as San Antonio and as far as Nigeria came to Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch Event Center in Helotes on July 27 and 28 for the 17th annual Catholic Women’s Conference. They came to be taught, inspired, and challenged in what the Catholic faith professes on the dignity and vocation of woman.

On the first evening of this 2-day conference produced by Pilgrim Center of Hope, a Catholic evangelization ministry located in San Antonio, the following was read from the Address of Pope Paul VI to Women on the occasion of the closing of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council, December 8, 1965:

And now it is to you that we address ourselves, women of all states—girls, wives, mothers and widows, to you also, consecrated virgins and women living alone—you constitute half of the immense human family. As you know, the Church is proud to have glorified and liberated woman, and in the course of the centuries, in diversity of characters, to have brought into relief her basic equality with man. But the hour is coming, in fact has come, when the vocation of woman is being achieved in its fullness, the hour in which woman acquires in the world an influence, an effect and a power never hitherto achieved. That is why, at this moment when the human race is under-going so deep a transformation, women impregnated with the spirit of the Gospel can do so much to aid mankind in not falling.

“This message was written to all women, and is what the Catholic Church has always professed, but is rarely heard – even by Catholic women,” says conference founder and ministry co-director, Mary Jane Fox.

Fox explains that it is a goal of Pilgrim Center of Hope to ensure this message is heard because she says, “Women have it tough! Too high expectations are placed on women to be the smartest, most beautiful, and most ambitious in all things. Jesus Christ gives women another way, and it was as radical when He first delivered it as it is now: Be Women of Faith! In the Gospel, we hear Jesus praising women because of their faith. This is what matters to God, and our conference exists to deliver this message of hope for all women.”

To expound on this message of hope, speaker Colleen Mitchell spoke on ‘When We Were Eve,’ based on her book of the same title. She said, “As God created, He called everything ‘good’ – until it came to Adam being alone. Adam could not find another creature like him; that God said, ‘is not good.’ So, as His crowning glory, He created Eve to show Adam what it means to be human, causing Adam to proclaim, ‘At last bone of my bone, flesh of my flesh!’ God called this Very Good!”

Was the message of hope heard by the women who attended?

According to one attendee, Amy Maloney, the answer is yes, “I think our world likes to pit women and men against one another. That is not how God created women and men to be. This conference has helped me to see that it is not an accident or a coincidence that I am a woman. I want to know more about how God sees me, why He created me to be a woman. That knowledge excites me; it gives me hope.”

NEW Share Hope Challenge!

Have you been challenged?

Pilgrim Center of Hope’s latest Share Hope Challenge (#PCHShareHope) is raising urgent funds for Sign Language Interpretation at the Catholic Women’s Conference of San Antonio (July 27-28, 2018).

1. ACCEPT

Accepting that you have been challenged is the first step. Once you’ve done so, watch a #PCHShareHope video like the one above, and learn the sign language for “Jesus Loves All People”.

2. RECORD

Make a short video to share your challenge, something like:

Hi! I’m _____, and I’ve been challenged to donate for 1 hour of sign language interpretation at this year’s Catholic Women’s Conference of San Antonio.
I accept! And now I challenge __ (NAME 5 FRIENDS) ___.
(Show your newly-learned sign language): JESUS LOVES ALL PEOPLE.

3. UPLOAD

Post your video to social media, and include #PCHShareHope in your post. See how people react to your message of hope!

4. GIVE

While you’re waiting for responses, make your donation on the secure Conference Eventbrite page. Next to the option “1-Hour of ASL Interpretation for our Deaf Sisters (Donation)” select 1 or more hours at $60 each. Hit “Register” and continue the process.

Donations ($3000 total) are urgently needed before July 27. Thank you!

Pilgrim Center of Hope, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, supported by individuals like you. Your gift is tax-exempt. Thanks to Pilgrim Center of Hope’s benefactors, we can offer the majority of our events at no cost to attendees, and provide services like ASL Interpretation. Your donations are greatly appreciated to continue the mission of hope!

You’re Invited: Women’s Conference

Seventeen years ago, the Catholic Women’s Conference (CWC) was founded by Mary Jane Fox, co-director/founder at Pilgrim Center of Hope to bring a message of hope to women. A message that she says women still need to hear.

“With so many family, financial and societal burdens placed on women, it is easy to feel lost, confused and to doubt that God cares. Women need hope; to know that God is calling personally to them, Come to me all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest, (Matthew 11:28) says Fox.

She continues, “Every year, like the Hemorrhaging Woman in the Gospel of Matthew, thousands of women from all over Texas and beyond come to San Antonio seeking to encounter Jesus. Like the woman in the Bible, whose blood flow was stopped when she touched the tassel on His cloak, women have been healed. Others have been renewed, reconciled, and given direction…spiritual direction.”

The conference is planned every year by Pilgrim Center of Hope with the help of a steering committee made up of eleven volunteer women. “Great forethought, planning, and prayer goes into the selection of our guest speakers. Led by the Holy Spirit we are always guided to the relevant topics and the dynamic speakers that touch and transform the approximately two-thousand women that attend each year,” says Nan Balfour, events coordinator at Pilgrim Center of Hope.

Speaking this year are award-winning Catholic author Colleen C. Mitchell, convert and surfer priest Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC – bestselling author of Champions of the Rosary: The History and Heroes of a Spiritual Weapon, and Mother Adela Galindo, the founder of the Religious Institute Servants of the Pierced Hearts of Jesus and Mary.

Pilgrim Center of Hope Co-Director & Co-Founder Mary Jane Fox will also be presenting, plus Mass will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Michael Boulette, Auxiliary Bishop of San Antonio.

Miss Mitchell’s topics are When We Were Eve, Uncovering the Woman God Created You to Be and Who Does He Say You Are? Women Transformed by Christ in the Gospels, the titles of her two books. Aside from sharing some of her life experiences, Colleen strives to provide guidance to women who are searching for answers and seeking to find their identity in Christ. She is passionate about speaking on the heart of God for women and their well-being.

Father Calloway, whose life was changed forever after reading about Our Lady, will speak on Mary and the Mystery of Femininity and The Rosary: Spiritual Sword of Mary. Not only will Fr. Calloway help women to better understand their femininity, but he will also focus on the role of women in the family, in the workplace and in relationships…and what all women can learn from the Virgin Mary.

Mother Adela Galindo will present talks on Heart to Heart, Jesus’ Longing for Women and Inflame: How Women are Uniquely Called to Kindle the Heart of Humanity. Mother Adela’s life has been marked by a profound Marian spirituality. She has a deep love of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus and the Maternal Heart of Our Lady. With both in mind, Mother Adela will share her thoughts on the potentiality of the feminine genius.

“The goal of the Catholic Women’s Conference, which we call a ‘Spa for the Soul’ is designed to provide the spiritual tools that teach, encourage and challenge women to be exactly who God created them to be. Every woman, whether she is already passionate about her faith or feeling lost and hopeless, will benefit from these two days of enlightenment. All are welcome,” says Nan Balfour

OUR MISSION

The Catholic Women’s Conference provides an environment and experiences where women can discover and learn about their true personal dignity in God. Here they also encounter Christ and the Church, are encouraged to know and love God, and go forth inspired and empowered, using their gifts to transform their families and society.

It is the hope of Pilgrim Center of Hope that every woman who attends this year’s Catholic Women’s Conference will leave with the a message of hope from our Lord as did the hemorrhaging woman, Courage, daughter! Your faith has saved you (Matthew 9:22).

This year’s conference is taking place on Friday, July 27 and Saturday, July 28, 2018 at Pedrotti’s North Wind Ranch Event Center, located on the northwest side of San Antonio off Loop 1604 at the Hausman Excit. Cost to attend the two-day conference is $100, which includes registration for both days, all meals including Friday dinner, Saturday breakfast, Saturday lunch, and concession snacks.

Register online and learn more at CWCSanAntonio.com. You can also call Pilgrim Center of Hope at 210-521-3377.

Robert V. Rodriguez is the Public Relations and Outreach Assistant at Pilgrim Center of Hope. Living Catholicism is a regular column of this Catholic evangelization apostolate that answers Christ’s call by guiding people to encounter Him through pilgrimages, conferences and outreach.

Will you get a phone call from PCH?

How could we possibly keep in touch with almost 200 parishes and over 1 million Catholics in San Antonio?

In an effort to invite as many women as possible, our2017 Catholic Women’s Conference steering committee is making phone calls to some past attendees and parishes. We’re compiling an updated list of relevant contact information for each parish, including Women’s Groups and ACTS Retreats, along with key staff members. Additionally, we’re looking at possible obstacles; why aren’t women from certain parishes attending? How can we help remove some of these obstacles?

Ultimately, Pilgrim Center of Hope wants to make sure that all women in every parish receive Jesus’ invitation, “Come to Me…” (Matt. 11:28)

Would you like to tell us about your parish? We are looking for Parish Advocates; enthusiastic members of a parish who can keep Pilgrim Center of Hope informed about parish news and culture, as well as sharing invitations from Pilgrim Center of Hope events with the members of their parish.

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Catholic Women’s Conference registration now open!

Registration is now open for the Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 16th annual “Come to Me” Catholic Women’s Conference happening July 28-29, 2017 at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio!

Early Bird registrants for individual tickets will receive $15 off if they register on or before February 28. All pre-registration tickets include admission for Friday and Saturday of the event, plus Saturday Breakfast and Lunch. Registration for groups of 10 or more is also available through July 5.

We need help sponsoring women in need; the Samaritan Women ticket type includes a registration for oneself, plus a registration for a woman in need ($100 total). Please consider this ticket type, or add a Donation to your order when registering. As a non-profit organization, we greatly appreciate your partnership in this mission for women!

The annual conference, regarded as a “spa for the woman’s soul,” is a two-day event fostering an appreciation for the personal dignity of women, encouraging them to know and love God, and inspiring them to use their feminine gifts for the transformation of family and society. The Catholic Women’s Conference is an event for healing, spiritual direction, and receiving tools for everyday living and resources for education.

Visit CWCSanAntonio.com for details about our 2017 Speaker Lineup. Schedule and more details are forthcoming!

First announcement: Women’s Conference speakers!

We are rounding out the speaker lineup for Pilgrim Center of Hope’s 16th annual “Come to Me” Catholic Women’s Conference, expected to open registration within the next 30 days.

Father Michael GaitleyFather Michael Gaitley, MIC, popular author of practical devotional books that are sweeping churches internationally, will be among the dynamic speakers at this year’s event. The Conference Committee finds it no coincidence that, after several years of attempting to schedule Fr. Gaitley as a speaker, our success finally came on the tails of the Jubilee Year of Mercy and amid the Jubilee of Our Lady of Fatima’s apparitions. Father Gaitley’s recent books focus on the themes of mercy and Marian devotion as an approachable way to deepening one’s personal relationship with Christ.

In addition to Father Gaitley, conference attendees will benefit from Lisa Mladinich‘s unique insights into the beauty of a woman’s vocation. Mladinich is a wife, mother, author, and former actress who continues to use her performance skills as a teacher and catechist. From youth to maturing adults, Lisa’s audiences find encouragement and challenge in her presentation of our beauty and calling as daughters of God.

Continue to pray for us as we solidify the final speakers and details of this outstanding event, to be held July 29-30, 2017 at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio!