Women's conference to offer respite, renewal during busy holiday season
By David Karas | Correspondent
Amidst the busy holiday season, women throughout the Diocese of Trenton are invited to spend a day with fellow Catholic women to rest, reflect and connect with their faith.
The Diocese of Trenton Catholic Charismatic Renewal will host its third annual Women’s Conference Dec. 10 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in St. Mary Parish, 19 Cherry Tree Farm Road, Middletown.
“We are hoping that women can jump off what often winds up being a crazy, and really just take a day for themselves – to focus on the Lord and focus on the season of Advent,” said Debbie Gaudino, executive director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal in the Diocese of Trenton and master of ceremonies for the conference.
“That is really what it has been in the years we have run it,” she said.
This year’s conference carries the theme of “Prayer, Forgiveness and Healing in Family Life,” and will feature Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, opportunities for healing prayer and Mass celebrated by Father Jeffrey Kegley, pastor of St. Mary Parish and diocesan Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal.
Attendees will also hear from Lloyd and Nancy Greenhaw of Renewal Ministries, who Gaudino said will share a message of forgiveness in keeping with the conference’s theme.
In 1991, the couple left successful careers to serve the Church in a full-time capacity as evangelists. They have since ministered through parish missions, conferences and retreats for adults, youth, prison inmates and those experiencing homelessness. And through Renewal Ministries, they teach evangelization across the country, with programs focusing on healing to apologetics, discipleship to youth outreach.
“(Their) ministry focuses a lot on forgiveness and healing – both forgiveness of other people and forgiveness of ourselves,” said Gaudino.
Such an approach is important particularly during the holiday season, she added, a time that can “really shine a spotlight on what is dysfunctional in our families.”
Gaudino also noted how the conference can serve as a way for women to support one another, especially during the sacred season of Advent. While Advent is regarded as a time of waiting for the Birth of Christ, there are women who may be experiencing a time of waiting, whether it’s for the birth of a child or another kind of experience.
“We spend a lot of time in our lives waiting,” said Gaudino. “I think it is important for women to receive support from other women in their faith journey.”
The daylong program is $25 per person and includes lunch. Those interested can register online at www.DOTCCR.org, or contact Debbie Gaudino at 732-618-7843 for more information.