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Women’s Conference Explores Trust and Forgiveness

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“Often our idea of perfection is not to have struggles. But God’s idea is for us to trust in Him,” said Msgr. Thomas Powers in his homily at the Third Annual Women’s Conference today at the St. Catherine of Siena Family Center, 210 Shelton Rd, Trumbull, Conn.

“He will be with us even in the most difficult times. He wants us to trust in Him to the point of audacity!” Often our idea of perfection is not to have struggles. But God’s idea is for us to trust in Him. And so we trust, not because we have everything figured out, but precisely because we don’t,” Msgr. Power said.

More than 200 women attended the “Made by Love, for Love” conference, which featured dynamic keynote speakers, Mass celebrated by Msgr. Thomas Powers, opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and private Eucharistic adoration, Candlelight Eucharistic procession, communal prayer and Catholic vendors.

Keynote speakder Sr. Mary Elizabeth Wusinich, SV, Vicar General for the Sisters of Life, told the women in attendance that “Forgiveness can bring us back to life… There is a strength in a woman’s heart to nurture those entrusted to her care!”

In her talk, Sister Mary Elizabeth quote St. Edith Stein, “When He asks us to love our enemies, He gives us the love Himself. I don’t have to rely on my own strength to do it.”

Other speakers included Simcha Fisher, Catholic mom and blogger; Damon Owens, certified speaker for the Theology of the Body Institute.

For further information on diocesan programs for women or to purchase copies of the audio or video of the talks, please contact Kim Quatela at kquatela@diobpt.org or (203) 416-1334.