The Dynamic Women of Faith (DWF) Conference is on its fifth year and it has always been the event where you could feel spiritually refreshed, encouraged, and through personal testimonies and talks, experience the lives of other women who walk in the Faith. The conference, held on the Saturday before Holy Week, is the handiwork (made with love, sweat, and tears) of Dorothy Pilarski, author of Motherhood Matters, columnist at The Catholic Register, broadcaster, and the founder of DWF.
Keynote speakers for the event were Lisa Hendey from California, founder of CatholicMom.com and author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms, and Michael Coren, columnist for The Catholic Register,bestselling author, and TV personality. Lisa spoke about the Saints and how they can be part of our lives, and Michael shared his personal journey in the Faith. Other fabulous speakers for the day were Fr. Terry McKenna, who spoke about how suffering and peace always come together in a Christian’s life; Dorothy Pilarski, who shared about mid-life and the possibility of making it a great part of life; Tammie Cancelli, singer, wife, and business owner ; and Anita Healy, whose fabulous reflection on our role as the “masterpiece of God’s creation” made me want to grab my own copy of Mulieris Dignitatem, St. John Paul II’s Letter on The Dignity and Vocation of Women.
Along with other women who shared the panel discussion covering different testimonies, I gave a very brief talk on why our family has chosen to homeschool, and how it has become a big part in passing down the Faith to our children.
The conference attendees were all dynamic women in different seasons of their lives, yet with a common goal of finding the grace and holiness in each other’s vocations.
We are all called to holiness. Yet now, more than ever, answering the call comes with attacks and at times, suffering. AS Fr. McKenna reminded us of Jesus’ words when He said, “In this world, you will have trouble.” And as discontent is everywhere, the antidote for that discontent is Jesus Christ alone. By God’s grace and mercy, we could achieve our goal of being a witness to His Love through our own vocation, and strengthen our mission to bring ourselves and our loved ones back to the Father in heaven.