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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September 20 & 21, 2019

Activity Center @ St. Margaret Mary Church
1314 Fair Avenue, San Antonio, TX 78223

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

Please join us! Pre-registration is now closed, but Walk-In Registrations will be taken at the door until all seats are sold! Please join us.

2019 Signature Tee Shirt

This year’s shirt is a tribute to Our Lady of Hope, who appeared to little children in Pontmain, France wearing a beautiful blue robe covered with stars. The design also features our conference theme; Jesus’ invitation to you and every person, from the Gospel according to Matthew… “Come to me, all who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.”

Royal blue. Spun cotton.

A limited number of these Signature Shirts will be available for purchase during the conference at the Pilgrim Center of Hope table.

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

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.

Fr. Daniel Villarreal

Fr. Daniel Villarreal

Celebrating Mass & Presenting at CWC:

"Mother of Mercy: How the Virgin Mary Brings Us to Healing" - From the moment of her yes to be the Mother of God, Mary had to learn how to integrate God‘s promise that her Son would be King of all, with the reality of Jesus’ journey to the Cross. Father Daniel will share with u how our Blessed Mother has been specially prepared to help each of us find our unique dignity as daughters of God through the seemingly contradictory reality of our lives.

About Father Daniel:

Father Daniel Villarreal was born in Monterrey, México. He holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry, and completed graduate studies in bioethics in Mexico. His background includes work as a chemist in Switzerland and as a high school and college professor in his native country.

Father Daniel’s vocation call originated through experiences he had while serving in a vibrant evangelization ministry for many years. After a long discernment process, he came to San Antonio in 2012, joining Assumption Seminary. He pursued graduate studies in spirituality at Oblate School of Theology, where he researched the areas of charismatic spirituality and inner healing.

He is the founder of a lay ministry that works in Mexico and the United States dedicated to the evangelization of the youth and young adults. He coordinates a family catechesis program present in several parishes of our Archdiocese, and is also the director of Dosis, a ministry of inner healing and deliverance.

Fr. Daniel was very recently ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 2017, and serves as parochial vicar for Holy Trinity parish. We love the presence and energy he brings, and we believe you will, too!

Avera Maria Santo

Avera Maria Santo

Presenting at CWC*:

"Am I Good?: Life, Love, & our Desires" - What makes a woman “good”? Is it her choices, her internal dispositions, her seamless integration into the feminine status quo? This presentation will take us on a journey to discover how we are called by name and invited into the very Heart of God.

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"Fellow Travelers: The Gift of Faithful Accompaniment" - Current culture makes it difficult for women to know how best to witness to our Christian faith with love and compassion. From her personal experience, Avera Maria will share how we can accompany those in our lives who find themselves feeling outside the margins of faith.

About AV:

A new face in our lineup is Avera Maria "AV" Santo. We all know someone who feels "outside" the reaches of the Church or religious faith for a variety of reasons. (Maybe that person is us sometimes!) At the young age of 22, AV has chosen to speak around the country addressing Catholicism and same-sex attraction, sharing from her personal and ongoing journey.

As an Alabama native, AV looks forward to accompanying us in the spirit of Southern hospitality, welcoming all women with a joyful witness to her Catholic faith. Please join us in praying for her and each of our CWC speakers.

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Due to personal reasons, our previously-scheduled speaker from Eden Invitation, Shannon Ochoa, cancelled her speaking engagement for CWC. She promises her prayers are with us; thank you, Shannon!

Renee Polka

Renee Polka

Presenting at CWC:

"The Waiting Game: Finding Joy in our Seasons of Impatience" - Is it possible to live joyfully and intentionally in our seemingly endless waiting for what we want? Whether it is the heartache of waiting for a baby, a spouse, or a new career, we often find ourselves frustrated and lost in these seasons of life. Renee will share with us how the gift of prayer can help us turn the wait into a journey of joy.

About Renee:

Renee is a member of the Pilgrim Center of Hope Speaker Team; a young professional with a background in education, linguistics, and fundraising. She currently works in the non-profit sector raising funds for community health and wellness initiatives.

In 2015, Renee attended the Theology of the Body Institute for the Head and Heart Immersion course with Christopher West and has taken continuing education courses in theology with Father Nathan Cromly of the St. John Institute. She teaches CCD for St. Brigid’s parish in San Antonio, and considers praying novenas her primary love language.

When she is not planning weekend trips with friends, you can find her reading overdue library books, bargain hunting at garage sales with her parents, or endlessly listening to podcasts.

Alexandra Kubebatu

Alexandra Kubebatu

Presenting at CWC:

"Finding the Lord’s Peace Within the Busy-ness of Life" Finding peace within the daily grind may seem impossible to attain. As women, having to juggle many different roles can leave us feeling defeated and too physically and emotionally exhausted to discover real peace. We know prayer is needed to acquire peace but how do we balance?

In this talk, Alexandra will discuss the fallacy of striving for perfect “balance” in our lives, reveal how the saints acquired supernatural peace, and identify ways to begin acquiring the Lord’s peace within our own lives.

About Alexandra:

Alexandra Kubebatu is a parishioner at St. Matthew Catholic Church in San Antonio and a member of the Secular Order of Discalced Carmelites. She conducts workshops addressing faith and family issues, as well as the art and science of Catholic journal writing. Alexandra authored and designed five books including the 40 Days of Greater Peace and 40 Days of Greater Love series of Catholic journals and coloring book companions.

Alexandra serves as a member of Pilgrim Center of Hope’s Speaker Team. Her greatest honor and joy is being a wife and mother of three lovely children.

Mary Jane Fox

Mary Jane Fox

Presenting at CWC:

"A Journey of Healing with Jesus" - What is your deepest yearning? Do you long for peace and healing? Our surrender to Christ implies a readiness to let him fully transform us, without setting any limit to the modification of our nature under his influence. Mary Jane will guide us so you may place yourself anew in God’s hands, again and again to experience his healing.

About Mary Jane:

After an extraordinary encounter with Christ, Mary Jane and her husband, Deacon Tom Fox, left their careers to work full-time for their local parish. In 1993, they founded Pilgrim Center of Hope as a response to the Church’s call for a new evangelization.

In 2001, Mary Jane founded the Catholic Women’s Conference to help women discover their dignity and vocation as daughters of God.

Schedule
FRI., SEPT. 20, 2019
3:00 PMDoors Open
Music Begins
Exhibitors Open
5:00 PMEvent Begins
Rosary Meditation
AV Santo – “Am I Good? Life, Love, & Our Desires”
Break
Alexandra Kubebatu – “Finding the Lord’s Peace Within the Busy-ness of Life”
Benediction & Healing Service
9:00 PMDeparture in silence
SAT., SEPT. 21, 2019
7:00 AMDoors Open
Music for Meditation
8:00 AMMass with Fr. Daniel Villarreal
Break
Fr. Daniel Villarreal – “Mother of Mercy: How the Virgin Mary Brings Us to Healing”
Women On A Mission
Renee Polka – “The Waiting Game: Finding Joy In Our Seasons of Impatience”
12:00 PMLunch
Raffle Drawing & Return Song
AV Santo – “Fellow Travelers: The Gift of Faithful Accompaniment”
Break with Praise & Worship
Mary Jane Fox – “A Journey of Healing with Jesus”
Meditation on God’s Mercy
4:00 PMDeparture

Schedule subject to change

Take Time Away.

The following hotels are offering discounted rates (for a limited time) for CWC attendees in the downtown area. Please direct your questions to each hotel.

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Alamo Plaza / Convention Center
422 Bonham Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
P. (210) 212-6262 F. (210) 222-9277
Rates: King Bed Room/Queen-Queen Bed Room @ $109 plus tax per night
Good for nights of Fri/Sat, 9/20-21, 2019
Cut-Off to book: 8/30/2019 (At hotel’s discretion, CWC group rate may be accepted after cut-off)

SpringHill Suites by Marriott Alamo Plaza / Convention Center
411 Bowie Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205
P. (210) 222-2121 F. (210) 222-1609
Rates: King Bed Suites/Queen-Queen Bed Suites @ $129 plus tax per night
Good for nights of Fri/Sat, 9/20-21, 2019
Cut-Off to book: 8/30/2019 (At hotel’s discretion, CWC group rate may be accepted after cut-off)

Holiday Inn San Antonio Downtown Market Square
318 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78204
P. (210) 225-3211 F. (210) 225-6171
Rates: Queen-Queen Bed Room @ $89 plus tax per night
Good for nights of Fri/Sat, 9/20-21, 2019
Cut-Off to book: 8/30/2019

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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 17 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!