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I’m on the road in 2017! Join me for retreat days in California and Massachusetts…

I’m on the road in 2017! Join me for retreat days in California and Massachusetts…

Good things to come!
Find two upcoming dates in California, and one in Massachusetts on my events page!

I’m thrilled that more and more women are interested in the feminine genius! Come join us for retreats based on the themes of my book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious: Celebrating the Gift of Catholic Womanhood. 

Looking to book something for your church or diocese? Contact me via this link, or see the “contact me” at the bottom of this page!

 

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

California here I come! Ladies: Join me on retreat May 13-15 near San Diego at Whispering Winds!

I’m packing my bags and flying to the hills of scenic Southern California May 13-15 for a three-day get-away to share the love of faith, fun, and the feminine genius with the women of greater San Diego.

Join us for Whispering Winds’ 2015 women’s retreat! I’m honored to be the guest speaker for this retreat, and looking forward to talking, walking, eating, laughing, and praying together!

A PDF flyer of the event is found here. Other important details on the schedule and rates are here.

Whispering Winds Catholic Camp & Conference Center is located on 161 acres in the scenic mountains of the Cleveland National Forest, five miles south of the historic gold-mining town of Julian, about an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Check out their video of the beautiful grounds and facilities, below! I’m sooooo looking forward to this!

Whispering Winds – Meeting Spaces from Whispering Winds on Vimeo.

 

Ladies: The Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious one-day retreat comes to Elkhart IN – May 9! Join me!

Ladies: The Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious one-day retreat comes to Elkhart IN – May 9! Join me!

I’m hoping you’ll join me for a day-long retreat just for us girls! This women’s event, even though it is on Mother’s Day Weekend, is not just for Moms! We love Moms, of course! But the day is a celebration of the feminine genius — and that’s all women! I’ll be offering three talks on the three aspects I covered in Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious — our blessed dignity, our beautiful gifts, and our bodacious — most excellent — mission!

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Catholic Women’s Ministries

This event is sponsored by “Be It Done” Catholic Women’s Ministries representing women from six different parishes from the Catholic Diocese of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, and hosted at St Vincent de Paul parish in Elkhart.

Come one, come all!  Sign up here! Buy the book here!

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Give yourself and your girlfriends the gift of faith, fellowship, food, and fun! All the details are here. 

 

Recap: Photos from the Sisters In Faith Conference, Billings MT

Recap: Photos from the Sisters In Faith Conference, Billings MT

Thank you, good women of Montana, and sponsor KJCR –Billings Catholic Radio, and all the other sponsors, for an unforgettable two days of wine, women, and song! (and prayer, and talks, and sisterhood, of course!)

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Joining me as a co-presenter was the gifted singer, Jaime Thietten.

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The event coordinators, Julie Koerber (r) and Pam Purinton (l).

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Yours truly, presenting on Saturday.

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Trust me, Jaime Thietten has great pipes and a beautiful testimony. Find her music here.

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Momma Mary, front and center!

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Wine, cheese, light fare on Friday night!

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A guest appearance by Pope Francis’ stunt double!

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I really enjoyed having Jaime Thietten along for this event. Her music really complimented the message of the talks I gave on Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious and our morning and evening prayers. We were able to collaborate in a way that does not often happen between conference speakers, and I’m very grateful to the conference leadership for the opportunity to craft a program with Jaime where we could share our gifts alongside one another.

I hope to have Jaime as a guest on an episode of Among Women in the weeks to come!

In the meantime, I wanted to share this video of one of Jaime’s songs. In her testimony talk over the weekend, she shared how her the Lord has led her to sing and to be a voice for the unborn. This song is a powerful reminder of the deep heartache that often accompanies a woman’s life, even years after an abortion. Keep a tissue handy.

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Finally home after this 4-day jaunt. I was amazed at the mild temps in Montana and no snow! I flew home via Minnesota and they didn’t have snow either! We’re still looking at the white stuff here in MA, as we got a few inches while I was away. There’s about a 18-24 inches covering the yard, and a 6-foot high plow pile at the end of the driveway. But my heart sure felt the surge of spring while I was away! I love those Montana women!

Coming Up Nov. 8:  Long Island NY’s Women’s Conference — with yours truly & team

Coming Up Nov. 8: Long Island NY’s Women’s Conference — with yours truly & team

Come join me for a day-long event this Saturday, November 8th! The day features Mass plus three main talks adapted from my award-winning book, Blessed, Beautiful, and BodaciousI’m pleased to be womens_conference_2014_231x273_231x273joined by three dynamic women — Peggy Clores, Bridget McCormack, and Angela Rizzo — who will share the podium and with testimonials on the how the feminine genius shapes their dignity, gifts, and mission. Eileen Benthal will provide the music ministry.

It will be a privilege to present this day “back home” in New York, after my move to New England twenty years ago. The event will be at St Joseph’s Church in Babylon, NY. Register here.

Women in the Diocese of Springfield Illinois: I’ll be there Sept 13!

Women in the Diocese of Springfield Illinois: I’ll be there Sept 13!

Have you been to a Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious retreat yet? Midwesterners will have there chance when I come to the Diocese of Springfield’s first ever women’s conference — at the beautiful Chiara Center… event details below! Follow and “like” the Facebook page. Plan your escape and come for the weekend! You can’t beat the one-day price or location!!

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See more lovely photos of Chiara Center. 

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious = Retreat days in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, NS

I’m getting prepped and excited to travel to churches in Peoria IL, Duluth MN, and Halifax, Nova Scotia, to celebrate the dignity, gifts, and mission of women! I’ll explore the themes of my book with talks and discussions. Plus, we’ll hear from local women themselves sharing what it means to be blessed, beautiful, and bodacious… bodacious being most excellent and courageously undertaking the mission we woman have in the world. We’ll enjoy the company of other women, and the gift of faith as we take time to pray and reflect!

Mark your calendars and register! I hope I’ll be able to meet you at one of these venues.

March 7 & 8: Saint Jude Church, Peoria, IL

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Details: Contact Kim.Thompson@stjudechurchpeoria.org

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March 29: Queen of Peace Catholic Church, Duluth, MN

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The second annual Authentic Catholic Women’s conference. Details here. 

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April 25-26: Saint Benedict Parish, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CA.

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More details to follow…

Nova Scotia residents: join us as at Saint Benedict Parish at Halifax. Contact details for the women’s retreat via their bulletin or website. 

I want your comments about Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious — for a future Among Women podcast!

I want your comments about Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious — for a future Among Women podcast!

So, my book’s been out almost three months now. It’s been a wonderful experience to visit a few places to sign books and to share the book’s message.

photoIn the beginning it felt kind of awkward to sign a book for someone, but then I remembered how really nice it is to meet an Among Women podcast listener in person, or someone who has read a column or two, and I was over the newbie author jitters. It’s really a honor to meet someone who is interested in this message for women.

I’m so very grateful for the folks who’ve already reviewed the book and asked me to speak about it in the media.

So how about a little chat about “BBB” right here?

Soon, I’ll be gathering a few folks together to do an Among Women podcast about the book, and I’d love to add your quotes to the podcast too! You write ’em hear, and I’ll read ’em aloud, or you can record your own thoughts on my voicemail at 206-376-0428.

If you’ve read the book, please leave me a comment below, or, if you are too shy for a comment, write to me at AmongWomenPodcast@me.com.

Pick one or more of these questions, and let me know what you are thinking…

1. What resonated with you?

2. What did you learn? (We covered a lot of ground on womanhood, faith, relationships,  vocation,  dignity, gifts, mission, the Church — tell me what was “new” for you?)

3. What was your favorite quote and why?

4.  If you were going to add a chapter to this book, what would it be about?

5. What book or resource from the back of the book are you most interested in reading?

If you can recommend the book to others, may I ask you to kindly leave a review over at Amazon, and/or Barnes and Noble? I’d really appreciate that! photo

If you are interested in having me visit your church or community or book club, I’d love to hear from you. Just use the contact form below. Or, check out where I’ll be giving Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious talks and retreats this fall and next spring.

 

A “Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious” Retreat with MCCW — with photos too!

A “Blessed, Beautiful, & Bodacious” Retreat with MCCW — with photos too!

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to share the themes from my new book, Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious at the annual Military Council of Catholic Women’s (MCCW) retreat held at the chapel on the post at Carlisle Barracks, where the US Army War College is located.  What a wonderful group of 68 women! Most of them are wives to either active duty or retired military personnel. I met a few women who even wore a service uniform themselves, or had children currently serving our country.

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Yours truly at the luncheon.

On Friday we had Mass together and shared in a luncheon where I gave a presentation to get the women pumped up for the weekend ahead.

Later that night we prayed the Stations of the Cross, and shared a simple meal of soup and salad.

I learn a lot about army life, the heroes who nobly serve our nation, and the joys and heartbreaks that military families experience. As I toured the post, I learned the history of Carlisle Barracks and the top rank officers who are selected to study toward further advancement at the college. As a guest, I stayed in the VIP quarters on post at Washington Hall — named for President George Washington, who as an army general led missions from the Barracks back in colonial days when Carlisle PA was the western-most outpost of the country.

Fr. Gregory D’Emma, the Chaplain at Carlisle Barracks, explained some of the religious history associated with the armed forces, including a fascinating story of a chaplain who may one day be declared a saint! You may be interested in the story of Fr Emil Kapaun – a military chaplain who was a priest, a soldier, and a hero during the Korean War. His cause for canonization as a saint is underway, and there’s a short video describing his life.

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Mary is the “feminine genius” par excellence!

On Saturday the women and I had a full-day of retreat together. We opened with morning prayer and recognition of Our Lady of Good Counsel, the patroness of the MCCW chapter in Carlisle.

Then I offered three talks, along with slides and music, based on the themes drawn from three parts of my book – the blessed dignity of women, the beautiful gifts of women, and the bodacious mission of women!

Some highlights of the retreat for me included listening to three inspiring women – Rebecca Burbridge, Katie Hester, and Kathy McQuaig –  who courageously offered their reflections on the different subjects of our womanly dignity, gifts, and mission. Great spiritual fruit was also found in the chapel, both with confessions and in quiet in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The retreat also included opportunities for personal sharing and group discussions, and great food and fellowship at meals.

I’ve even come home with some cool swag from my time at Carlisle Barracks — a great coffee mug and bookmark from the college — things every reading-writer needs! Plus a fabulous polka-dot scarf that tied up the gift basket I received.

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Only the keen eye of a sensitive woman would know about the polka-dot dress on the woman on the cover of Blessed, Beautiful and

 Bodacious! I was really touched by it all.

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My latest accessory!

So, naturally, I had to model it for the “bodacious” talk and share my new favorite accessory with the women!

If you or your group is interested in having a “Blessed, Beautiful, and Bodacious” retreat, check out the details here, and contact me. 

Enjoy the gallery below. You can click on any photo to view it in a larger mode. And, please, let’s remember to pray for our troops and their families!