oct. 20-21, 2017, falls church, va

115 women, 50 parishes, 6 dioceses/archdioceses. So much God. So much sharing. ​So much love.


2017 Speakers

  •  Pat Gohn is a Catholic writer, retreat leader, conference speaker, catechist, and author of the award-winning book Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood as well as All In: Why Belonging to the Catholic Church Matters. She is the host of the Among Women podcast and editor of Catechist magazine. Pat lives in North Andover, Massachusetts. She spoke on faith: How it sustains us amid the changes of midlife and beyond. 
  •  Mary Beth Bonacci is an internationally known author and speaker whose books include We’re on a Mission from God and Real Love.  She is a columnist for the Arlington Catholic Herald. Mary Beth is single and lives in the Denver area. She spoke on vocations: How they change post-40 and how God comforts and supports us. 
  •  Mary Lenaburg is a writer, speaker, blogger whose credits include Blessed Is She, wife and mother. For twenty-two years, Mary and her family were on a spiritual journey with her daughter Courtney, who suffered from grand mal seizures until her death in 2014. Mary lives in northern Virginia with her husband and grown son. She spoke on redeeming love and its power in her life--and ours. 

(From L) Pat Gohn, Mary Beth Bonacci, Mary Lenaburg

(From L) Pat Gohn, Mary Beth Bonacci, Mary Lenaburg

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


  • Arlington Cursillo, part of an international lay Catholic movement, spiritually supported by the Diocese, that aims to help people deepen their relationship with Christ and the Christian community.
  • Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, a vibrant monastic community that serves the public through activities at its pastoral center in Bristow.
  • Christian Bling, with consultant Tammy Hoover, offers jewelry and gifts that combine meaningful messages with appealing artisan designs using natural and man-made materials.
  • Colette Kalvesmaki is the founder and director of the Center for Byzantine Material Arts, which includes a gallery of icons as well as a studio offering private lessons and lectures on iconography.
  • ​​doTerra, with wellness advocate Michelle Dunne, offers pure essential oils that help families manage their health.
  • Leaving a Legacy, which helps people pass on to future generations the stories of their personal faith journeys, and Living Advent, which offers workshops, resources and events to Christians who wish to more fully celebrate the Advent and Christmas seasons.
  • My Life Journey with life coach Jeanette Engel provides life, career, adoption, and spiritual journey coaching.
  • ​Our Lady of Bethesda in Bethesda, MD, offers one-day and weekend spiritual retreats and invites you to encounter Christ in a personal and life-changing way through its programs.
  • ​Soli Deo Gloria Sacred Art strives to meld traditional artistic techniques with advanced technology to create richly engraved and accented adaptations of traditional religious artwork in wood and other natural media.
  • WMET 1160-AM is the Catholic radio station for the Washington, DC area.