Our mission is to foster an appreciation for the personal dignity of women, to encourage women to know and love God, and to inspire them to use their feminine gifts for the transformation of family and society.

The CWC is an event for healing, for spiritual direction, for receiving tools for everyday living and resources for education. CWC is presented by Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Ministry of Conferences.

All women are welcome. You don’t have to be perfect to begin anew in Christ!

We especially thank the following for their support toward the costs of CWC.

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May 29 & 30, 2020

American Sign Language Interpretation will be available for the Deaf Community.

St. Matthew Athletic Center
10703 Wurzbach Rd., San Antonio, TX 78230

Due to St. Matthew School traffic, no access before 5pm on May 29.

Samaritan Woman$100Includes registration for (1) woman to attend conference (Saturday boxed lunch included) AND includes ONE Donation allowing Pilgrim Center of Hope to invite a woman in financial need to attend. By selecting this registration, you are a Missionary of Hope spreading what Pope Francis calls the Joy of the Gospel – and exclaiming like the Samaritan Woman, “Come see!” (Jn 4:29)
Early Bird Individual$55Individual Registration for (1) woman to attend conference. Includes Saturday boxed lunch. Early Bird discount ends 1/31/2020 at 11:30pm when price will increase to $65.
Group$55Discounted Registration when (10 or more) women register at the same time, to attend conference at $55 each. Includes Saturday boxed lunch for each woman. Use online registration link above.
Mother/Daughter$50Registration at $50 each for Mother & Daughter(s) to attend conference. Includes Saturday boxed lunches. Online ticket maximum is 3. (Have more than 2 daughters? Call 210-521-3377 to add on.)
Clergy, Seminarians & Religious Sisters (“Nuns”)ComplimentaryPlease call Pilgrim Center of Hope at 210-521-3377 to register.
In Financial Need$YourContributionWomen in financial need are encouraged to apply for a scholarship to attend. You are welcome here! Use link to form below, or call Pilgrim Center of Hope to be mailed a form 210-521-3377.

Experience Healing.

Unload your heavy baggage at Jesus’ feet. Encounter Him in our Adoration & Healing Service. Receive his peace in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Spend quiet time in our Prayer Room. Enjoy the medicine of sisterhood and laughter!

Women pray the Lord's prayer with the Archbishop presiding at the altar
FRIDAY, MAY 29
PM5:00Doors & Registration Check-In Open
Exhibitors, Concession Sales, and Adoration Prayer Room Open
6:00Program Begins
SPEAKER TBA SOON
Break
Mary Lenaburg – “Trust in the Lord with All Your Heart”
Transition
Rosary with Mary Jane Fox
8:45Departure In Silence
SATURDAY, MAY 30
AM7:00Doors & Registration Check-In Open
Exhibitors Open
8:00Program Begins
Mass with Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS
Break
SPEAKER TBA SOON
Fr. Clay Hunt – (Presentation Title TBA)
PMLunch
Praise & Worship Music
Raffle Drawing
Cast the Net
Mary Lenaburg – “Gratitude Changes Attitude: Choosing Joy No Matter What”
Break with Praise & Worship Music
Mary Jane Fox – “Come to Me”
Eucharistic Healing & Holy Hour
4:00Go Forth

Schedule is subject to change.

Find Direction.

Speakers at this conference speak to all women. Come and gain an appreciation for your personal dignity, receive encouragement to know and love God, and inspiration to use your unique gifts for the transformation of your family and society.

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS

Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, MSpS

Shepherd & Mass Celebrant

His Excellency was installed as Archbishop of San Antonio on November 23, 2010 at St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church. Born in San Luis Potosi SLP, Mexico, he grew up sweeping floors and washing windows in the family furniture store until he was 16 years old. He earned a Masters degree in Theology & Divinity from St. John’s Seminary in Camarillo, CA, and his Masters in Philosophy from Instituto de Filosofia, Guadalajara, Mexico; as well as a Masters in Psychology from ITESCO, a Jesuit University in Guadalajara, Mexico. He professed as a member of the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit (MSpS) and was sent to the United States. In 1984, he was ordained a priest. He was ordained bishop for Chicago in 2003.

We are excited to have Archbishop Gustavo with us once again to shepherd us in our spiritual journey. He is widely loved and appreciated by conference attendees as a spiritual father who teaches, encourages, and challenges us to live the Good News of Jesus Christ.

Fr. Henry "Clay" Hunt III

Fr. Henry "Clay" Hunt III

Chaplain for Criminal Justice Ministry

Fr. Clay Hunt grew up on a ranch in Bracketville, Texas near the Mexican border. As a youth he served as an altar boy at the parish church, which was only a quarter-mile away.

Fr. Clay originally had plans to become an Optometrist, because he wanted to help people see. Instead God called him to the priesthood, so he could help people see with the eyes of faith. Before becoming a priest, he was a missionary for seven years in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Rome, and the Philippines.

Father has a great love for our Mother Mary. As a boy, he and his cousins used to pray the Rosary with his Nanee, his grandmother, at the ranch. He was under Our Lady’s patronage for his first priestly assignment at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Helotes, ten years ago.

Fr. Clay sees his priestly authority to forgive sins as the greatest grace he has been given by God. His favorite saints are Saint Faustina, Saint Genoa Mola and Saint John Vianney. His favorite prayer is the Chaplet of Divine Mercy. He prays the Chaplet and the Rosary daily.

Known as the "Motorcycle Priest," Father Henry "Clay" Hunt III currently serves as Chaplain for the Criminal Justice Ministry of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. He has previously served as pastor of St. Joseph Church in Del Rio.

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

CWC Founder

Mary Jane Fox and her husband Tom had a reawakening of their Catholic faith in the 1980s. While on a trip through the Holy Land, they were directed by a local priest to take a silent walk along the Sea of Galilee. There, Jesus unmistakably spoke to them each. In 1986, they left their respective careers in the travel industry and hotel management to work full-time for St. Matthew Catholic Church. For the first seven years, their main ministry was door-to-door home visitation; in the first few years, they visited over 10,000 families. With their bishop’s blessing and help from friends and benefactors, Pilgrim Center of Hope was founded in 1993.

Mary Jane will guide us through this conference from her wealth of experience in ministry and as a woman striving to "come to Jesus" in all things.

Mary Lenaburg

Mary Lenaburg

Author & Speaker

Mary Lenaburg is a highly sought-after international speaker and best-selling author. She has learned through her experiences that healing and hope live in fiery moments of grace and no matter what you are facing, God remains. Always. Mary has a heart for encouragement and healing, sharing to groups of all ages the truth that God’s mercy is bigger than your greatest shame.

Mary’s first book, "Be Brave in the Scared: How I Learned to Trust God During my Most Difficult Days," was published by Ave Maria Press in 2019, "In Be Brave in the Scared," Mary tells the heart-rending story of how caring for her severely disabled daughter Courtney affected her self-image, her marriage, her family life, and her faith. With audacious authenticity about the challenges we all encounter, Mary writes about control, blame, exhaustion, fear, acceptance, self-sacrifice, trust, and choosing joy no matter what you are facing.

Mary and her husband have been happily married for 31 years, finding joy among the ashes having lost their daughter in 2014. They live in Northern Virginia with their grown son Jonathan. She continues to embrace her father’s advice: “Never quit, never give up, never lose your faith. It’s the one reason you walk this earth. For God chose this time and place just for you, so make the most of it.”

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We are patiently working toward confirmation of a final speaker who will share awesome spiritual insights with you. Stay tuned for details!

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Prepare Your Heart

The CWC Prayer

Lord Jesus, thank you for the constant love you have for me. Thank you for the gift of life and the gift of faith.

Today, take me into your Sacred Heart and renew my life. I open my heart to your grace, to be healed where healing is needed. Replace any wounds or worries with your peace and joy. Send your Holy Spirit into my life. Guide me to be the woman you have created me to be: your beloved daughter, disciple, and friend. Make me a woman of faith, hope and charity. Please remove any obstacles which keep me from living this way.

Lord, pour out your grace upon this year’s Catholic Women’s Conference, upon the planning efforts, and upon many women – that they may hear your invitation and respond. May the Conference be a time of spiritual renewal, healing, reconciliation and joy for all who attend.

Thank you, Lord Jesus. For all this, I pray in your sweet Name.
Mary, Mother of God, Our Lady of Hope, pray for us.
Amen.

Hail, Mary…

How can I bring a CWC to my local area?

We encourage you to build up and strengthen the women’s conferences already taking place in your area or local diocese. Contact your diocesan office to see what is available.

If your area does not yet offer a CWC, we are here to help! Contact us!

Having offered the Catholic Women’s Conference for 18 years, and having mentored rural communities and other dioceses to begin their own event, we at Pilgrim Center of Hope are confident that many women are ready to bring a CWC closer to their own community.

How can my parish host a mini CWC for our local women?

So glad you asked! Pilgrim Center of Hope will soon be formally announcing its Speaker Team, enabling you to call on PCH for a mini-CWC at your parish, or other parish-based events; like Evenings/Mornings with Mary, Socials with the Saints, and Spiritual Pilgrimages.

Plus, PCH will be offering a new “Meet the Master” Saturday morning reflection series at our peaceful Center in 2019, and continuing the beloved monthly Socials with the Saints.

Yes, this all means more opportunities to encounter Jesus! And still more is on the horizon!