Catholic Women's Conference

9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m.
Day concludes with the vigil Mass

“Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.”

Revelation 19:7-8


Join approximately 1,000 women from our diocese and from across the state of Michigan to be inspired and renewed in our faith; enjoy praise and worship music, listen to motivating speakers, celebrate holy Mass with our bishop, shop with our vendors and experience the fellowship of sisterhood in Christ Jesus.

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Venue

Lansing Center

We are happy to be returning to the beautiful Lansing Center again this year. The main program will be located in Exhibit Hall A. Seating is first come, first served. Concessions will be served throughout most of the day beginning at 8:00 a.m. Lunch is included in your ticket price and will be served in Exhibit Hall C.

Lansing Center
333 East Michigan Avenue
Lansing, MI 48933

The City of Lansing Parking Services Office manages all parking in downtown Lansing. Several convenient parking facilities and meters are located within walking distance of Lansing Center. Parking lots under and north of Lansing Center are open 24 hours a day, Fees are charged from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Sunday. Cash and credit cards are accepted at the entrances and exits. Pay-on-foot machines are also available in the lobby of Lansing Center and the parking level of the building. The pay-on-foot machines may be used to pay for parking in the lots located north and under Lansing Center. Pay-on-foot machines will accept cash, coupons or credit card payments. There is a charge for parking so please be sure to carpool! 24 hours $7 flat fee, per space, per entry, per day. Cash & Credit Cards: Accepted at entrance or exit. View parking map here.

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For those of you who are putting together busloads of ladies from your area, please have the bus drop you off at the front entrance on Michigan Avenue. Buses may then park down at St. Mary's Cathedral just a few blocks away until the conference is over. If you contact us at lansingdiocesecwc@sbcglobal.net no later than one week before the event, we can have your name badges bundled for your convenience at the Registration Desk when you arrive.

For those of you who wish to spend the evening Friday night to save your morning drive, we have a block of rooms reserved at the Radisson Hotel directly across the street from the Lansing Center at 111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing MI 48933. Please call (517) 482-0188 +1 (517) 482-0188 and mention the Lansing Diocese Catholic Women's Conference for a discounted rate of $129.95 per room.

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Program

A day of fun and faith Speakers include:

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Bishop emeritus Carl F. Mengeling

Bishop emeritus Carl F. Mengeling

Ordained bishop of the Diocese of Lansing in 1996, he chose the words of St. John the Baptist as his episcopal motto “He must increase!” (Jn 3:30) During his years as bishop, he has sought to increase his flock’s awareness of Jesus Christ. A repeated theme of his preaching is that we must be “on fire” with love for God and our neighbor. We are blessed to have him at this year’s conference to celebrate Mass with us.

Bishop Earl A. Boyea

BISHOP EARL A. BOYEA

Bishop Earl Boyea was named the fifth Bishop of Lansing on Feb. 27, 2008 and formally installed on April 29. He attended Sacred Heart Seminary High School after attending Our Lady of Lakes Catholic grade school in Waterford, Mich. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1978. Bishop Boyea has a love for history and holds a master’s degree in American History and a PhD in Church History. He is the eldest of ten children and enjoys being outdoors, gardening, cross-country skiing and bicycling. He most enjoys the rare occasions when he beats his mom at the card game, “Hand and Foot.”

Father Chris Alar

Father Chris Alar

The director of the Association of Marian Helpers in Stockbridge, Mass., home of the National Shrine of Divine Mercy. After receiving the call to the priesthood, he studied at the Franciscan University of Steubenville and earned his Masters of Divinity from Holy Apostles Seminary in Connecticut. Father Chris’s talks are engaging and filled with the message of Jesus’ love and mercy.

Kelly Wahlquist

Kelly Wahlquist

A dynamic and inspiring Catholic author and speaker with the gift of weaving personal stories and Scripture together with practical advice. She is the founder of the national women’s ministry WINE: Women In the New Evangelization; the associate director for the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; and a contributing writer for Catholicmom.com.

Melanie Rea

Melanie Rea and band

Singer-songwriter from the Diocese of Lansing joins us again this year with her fellow musicians to lead us in praise and worship throughout the day. We are so thankful for her “yes” to God to utilize the gifts He has given her to serve His people through music.

Erin Looby Carlson

Erin Looby Carlson

The director of communications for the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw and editor of FAITH Saginaw magazine, Erin has been our master of ceremonies through the years. Her joy and enthusiasm warms our hearts and we are happy to have her lead us through the day.

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