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Catholic Women's Conference 2018
Hosted By: Montana Catholic Women
Location: Helena Civic Center
340 Neill Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
Start Time: 4/21/2018 7:00 AM
End Time: 4/21/2018 6:00 PM
Time Zone: Mountain

The Catholic Women's Conference is a source of inspiration for women of all ages, offering speakers to teach, encourage and challenge women in the Catholic faith. Join women from across Montana and beyond for a day long spiritual retreat featuring prayer, music, speakers and more! Our Day will conclude with Mass.

The mission of the Catholic Women's Conference is to foster an appreciation for the personal dignity of women, to encourage women to know and love God, and to inspire women to use their feminine gifts to transform the family and society. CWC is an event for healing, spiritual direction, for receiving tools for everyday living and for resources for education.

This is the third year for CWC in Montana. Velma Burnett, who lived in San Antonio, attended the San Antonio CWC in 2001 and soon began to help with the many needs of their conference as a steering committee member. After moving to Montana, Velma returned to San Antonio each year to be re-energized through prayer and formation. This led to a deep desire to bring a Catholic Women's Conference to Montana. Velma said "yes" to Jesus, Fall of 2014. The CWC was founded to educate women on both the teachings of the Catholic Church and of their personal dignity. An article titled, "The Vocation of Holy Womanhood," by Amy Love inspired the founder, Mary Jane Fox, and she wanted to spread the news to the whole world! We believe more than ever, women need to know about the gift of their femininity. With encouragement from Velma's husband and a friend, the beginnings of a CWC were soon blessed by Helena, Montana Bishop, George Leo Thomas. We envision the conference to be a "spiritual haven" where women come together to learn and pray, to be challenged and healed, and to receive resources that will help them on their journey to heaven.


Sister Marie Gemma Martek, OP, a member of Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A Michigan native, after college Sister Maria Gemma moved to Denver for graduate studies where she worked in international business and Russian refugee resettlement. Sister Maria Gemma currently serves the community at her Motherhouse in Ann Arbor. The titles for her talks are: #1: Be Not Afraid, You are Mine and #2 Behold your Mother.

Mary Rice Hasson is Director of the Catholic Women's Forum in, Washington DC. - an initiative that aims to serve the Church and influence the culture by amplifying the voice of Catholic women in support of Catholic teachings. An attorney and writer, Mary speaks widely on issues related to Catholicism and women, Mary and her husband Keven "Seamus" are the parents of 7 children and have one granddaughter. The titles for her talks are: Faith and relationships: Love in all Seasons and Catholic women: Changing the World.

Amber Pilkington, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and certified Anger Resolution Therapist. She received her Masters of Psychology from the University of Dallas in 2008. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the St Thomas with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Catholic Studies. Amber is mom to 3 children and wife of Dr. Steven Pilkington, a Catholic OB/GYN . They reside in San Antonio, Texas The titles for Amber's talks are: The Psychology and Spirituality of Joy and Happiness and Finding Joy in the Dark Night of Illness and Pain.

NEW THIS YEAR: Amy Eickert and Caitlyn Van Horssen with be presenting a talk "The Greatest Adventure Living Life with Passion and Jesus. This will be presented to all women during the noon hour.
Amy is a 2012 graduate of Carroll College and missionary with the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS) and lives in Flathead County, Caitlyn graduated from the University of Mary in 2014 and is a nurse in the Helena community. Currently, she leads women's bible study and is in a leadership role to teach high school students to lead bible studies and small groups. Both are looking forward to speaking to all the women at this conference!

Lisa Weber is our musician this year. She is the wife to a "great guy" and a mom a young man. She is blessed to be a stay-at-home mommy. The other love of her life is music. She plays guitar and a little fiddle. Praising the Lord in song has been her delight in the last 25 years.
SCHEDULE April 21, 2018
7:00 am Check in begins / Exhibitors + Vendors 8:00 am Welcome – Instructions for day 8:15 am Rosary – Invite Jesus and Mary to be with us 8:45 am Snacks - Vendors 9:15 am Speakers begin

Lunch break 12:30
Special Presentation during Lunch for young or young at heart women 12:45 PM

4:15 pm Announce closing Remarks
Mass 5pm – St. Helena’s Cathedral Greeters will be at Cathedral doors to help you find seating for CWC 5:00 pm Mass …ends approx. 6:00

Reconciliation will be available starting at 7:30 AM until 3:30.


Comfort Inn 406-495-0505 $109.00 Rate deadline: March 28, 2018
Days Inn-Helena 406-442-3280 $85.00 Rate deadline April 1, 2018
Fairfield Inn 406-449-9944 $99.00 Rate deadline March 20, 2018

Event Deadlines / Fees:
Registration closes 4/10/18
Individual Registration by 3/21/18 - $45.00
Individual Registration after 3/21/18 - $55.00
Student - $15.00
Vendor - $30.00
Volunteer - $30.00

At the Door on April 21, 2018 - $65.00/person

Registrant Type Deadline Name Deadline Date Fee
Enrolled Student Last day for early registration 3/21/2018 $15.00
Individual Last day for early registration 3/21/2018 $45.00
Enrolled Student Last day for registration 4/15/2018 $15.00
Individual Last day for registration 4/15/2018 $55.00
Vendor last day for Registration 4/15/2018 $30.00
Volunteer Last day for registration 4/15/2018 $30.00
Online Registration is closed. Please register at door.
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