Women’s Conference planned for Nov. 1 at St. Joseph’s Middletown


The Diocese of Wilmington is holding a Women’s Conference Nov. 1 at St. Joseph Parish in Middletown.

The day, sponsored through the Office for Marriage and Family Life, will feature Johnnette Benkovic, president and founder of Women of Grace, who is an author, retreat director and speaker. Nancy Burke, director of the Marriage and Family Life office, said the day’s theme will be from the diocese’s patron, St. Francis de Sales, “Be who you are and be that well.”

At the Women’s Conference in Middletown, Benkovic will address topics such as Creating a Balance in Our Busy Lives, Healing the Wounds of the Heart and Authentic Femininity.

Johnette Benkovic will be the presenter at the Diocesan Women's Conference. (CNS)
Johnette Benkovic will be the presenter at the Diocesan Women’s Conference. (CNS)

On the Women of Grace website, www.womenofgrace.com, Benkovic calls the program a Catholic apostolate with a mission “to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in their dignity and vocation as daughters of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.”

Benkovic wrote a Woman of Grace study series, which will be the topic of a 4 p.m. session on Nov. 1 on how participants can become facilitators for the study series at their parish. A new study guide from Women of Grace, “Feminine Genius: Toward a Deeper Understanding of Woman” will also be discussed. The new program is based on St. John Paul II’s apostolic letter “Muleris Dignitatem” (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”).

The Women’s Conference will begin with a check-in at 8 a.m. and Mass at 9 a.m. at St. Joseph’s.

The cost is $30 for lunch on your own, or $40 with a box lunch included. Registration deadline is Oct. 15.

For more information contact Nancy Burke, Office of Marriage and Family Life, at (302) 295-0667 or email nburke@cdow.org.

A registration form is on the diocesan website, www.cdow.org under Offices and Ministries.  Click on Marriage & Family Life, then Women’s Outreach and print out the registration form.