oct. 21-22, 2018, Fairfax, va

70 women. 25 parishes. 3 speakers. ONE GOD.



  • 2016 Arlington Catholic Herald Article.
  • 2016 Memory Book.

2017 Speakers

  • Lisa Mladinich is a wife and mother, and the host of Shalom World TV's new WOMAN: Strong Faith, True Beauty. She is the founder of AmazingCatechists.com and a regular on Relevant Radio's Morning Air with John Harper and On Call with Wendy Wiese. Lisa writes for Catechist magazine and is the author of the best-selling book True Radiance: Finding Grace in the Second Half of Life. Her latest book--Heads Bowed: Prayers for Catholic School Days--is due out soon. Lisa spoke on Finding Hope and True Radiance in Mid-life.
  • Vicki Thorn is the founder of Project Rachel and the executive director of the National Office of Post-Abortion Reconciliation & Healing. She has written and spoken about society's socio-logical changes since 1960, and continues to present her research on the Biochemistry of Sex or the Biology of the Theology of the Body. Vicki spoke on Healing, Hope and Happiness in Midlife, focusing on the demands and changes--physical, emotional, and spiritual--women face after 40... and how we can find joy and healing in our faith and community as we come to terms with those wounds and burdens.
  • Patricia Lorenz is the author of fourteen books, including her latest, 57 Steps to Paradise: Finding Love in Midlife and Beyond. She’s one of the top contributing writers in the country to the Chicken Soup for the Soul books and has been a con-tributing writer for twenty-six Daily Guideposts books. She has four children and nine grandchildren and is married to her hunka-hunka-burnin’-love, Jack, who has six children and eleven grandchildren. They live in Largo, Florida. Patricia spoke on Humor, Joy, and Love in Midlife, encouraging us all to be confident in God's plan even when it's not readily apparent.

(From L) Lisa Mladinich, Vicki Thorn, Patricia Lorenz.

(From L) Lisa Mladinich, Vicki Thorn, Patricia Lorenz.

Vicki Thorn on why Catholic women's conferences matter.

2017 sponsors and exhibitors

Additional Information


  • Joyful Spirit Gifts in Arlington, VA, carried a comprehensive selection of family-oriented conservative Catholic materials.
  • Arlington Diocese Council of Catholic Women's task is to bring the Gospel of Jesus to the women of the Arlington Diocese.


Our Exhibitors

  • Amor Divino (Divine Love), a ministry that supports con-struction of a chapel in Ecuador and offers unique cards and gifts for unique people. 
  • Arlington Cursillo, a lay movement within the Church that seeks to help people grow closer to Christ through piety, study, and action. 
  • Blessings Extraordinaire, a Virginia-based tithing ministry that offers a unique collection of Christian gifts and services. 
  • Sacred Artwork of Brother Mickey McGrath, through which this oblate’s works deliver the good news about deep and often whimsical connections between art and faith. 
  • Ignatian Volunteer Corps, which provides mature men and women the opportunity to serve the needs of the poor and disadvantaged offering hope and human dignity. 
  • Landings, a Paulist program that helps parishes welcome inactive Catholics who want to take another look at our Church. 
  • Leaving a Legacy, which helps people pass on to future generations the stories of their personal faith journeys. 
  • Peach Company, which helps women find the right-sized foundation garments, and NYR Organic US, which takes a health-based approach to beauty products.  
  • Project Rachel in the Diocese of Arlington, an international post-abortion healing ministry founded by conference speaker Vicki Thorn. 
  • Suffering Servant Scriptorium, a publisher of Catholic prayer books, recordings and more, based in the Diocese of Arlington. 
  • Tepeyac Family Center, LLC, a pro-life OB-GYN office, and Divine Mercy Care, its fundraising and educational entity. 
  • WMET (1160-AM), Washington, DC), a part of the Guadalupe radio network.