By: Therese Bermpohl, Director of the Office for Family Life
“How has the Church and the Culture influenced the priorities and attitudes of women of faith?”
“What do you think are the leading burdens on the lives and consciences of women today? Is it all about money and time? Or, is there something deeper that troubles us?”
“Why are the ‘markets’ for sex and marriage in the United States today skewed toward males’ worst preferences and not females’ best hopes?”
“What is the relationship between the laws on abortion, same-sex marriage, contraception and today’s ‘markets’ for sex and marriage?”
These are just some of the thought-provoking questions proposed by Helen Alvaré that will be directing the discussion at the 2011 Women’s Conference hosted by the Diocese of Arlington’s Office for Family Life and the Arlington Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The conference is entitled, “Exploring the Challenges Confronting Women of Faith.”
This won’t be your average conference. It will be more like a conversation between the presenters and the audience. Our keynote speakers have been examining these issues for the past 30 years; as a result, they come well-prepared to present, listen and offer their expert advice.
Helen Alvaré is a distinguished professor of law at George Mason and an expert on the intersection of family law, Catholic theology and the new feminism. She is also a member of the Pontifical Council on the Laity, appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. Theresa Notare, Ph.D., is the assistant director for the Secretariat for Family Life, Laity, Women and Youth at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and she travels throughout the country speaking to diocesan leaders on marriage and family issues.
Each of our distinguished speakers will offer a 30-45 minute presentation during the morning segment of the conference, followed by a short period of questions/comments. The afternoon sessions will include a short summary by each of the speakers and will conclude with 30-40 minutes of conversation between the speakers and the audience. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to share your thoughts and questions on these pressing issues.
- When?: The conference begins on Saturday, March 12 at 7:45 a.m. with continental breakfast and 9 a.m. Mass with Arlington’s Bishop Paul Loverde.
- Where?: It will be held in Burke Hall, located at the Cathedral of St. Thomas More, Arlington .
- Cost?: The registration fee is $35 on or before February 11 and $45 after that. All registrations must be received before March 10.
- For more information: Visit www.arlingtondiocese.org/women or call (703) 841-2550. If you miss the deadline, please call the office to find out if seating is available. Space is limited.