2007 Conference

2007 Conference
In 2006, an Edmond woman named Sharmin Romero wondered aloud to her priest why the men had a conference and the Catholic women of Oklahoma did not. "You should put on one!" replied Fr. Tim Luschen, pastor of St. Monica Catholic Church. Sharmin formed a committee of women from various local churches and planned the first Oklahoma Catholic Women's Conference for late January 2007. St. Monica agreed to host the event. Then-Archbishop Beltran recalls that, as he drove to the event in a blinding snowstorm, he prayed for at least 100 women to show up. To his surprise, over 600 attended that first year. The speakers were author and columnist Michaelann Martin, therapist Suzanne Baars, Mary Jane Fox, Rita McCarthy, and local husband and wife evangelists Michael John and Mary Poirier. (Katie Gordy was listed as a speaker in the early publicity, but agreed to step out when it became clear that the schedule was getting too tight. She spoke at the next conference.)