2008 Conference

Katie Gordy  - "The Meaning of Eucharist in My Life"
Katie Gordy holds a Masters in Human Relations from The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Chemical Dependency. She taught at Putnam City West High School for two years, then Junior High at Rosary School for nine years where she was Vice Principal. Since 1993, Katie has served as the Pastoral Associate at St. Monica in Edmond where she does spiritual counseling and runs Religious Education for over 500 children and adults. She has facilitated the Artist Way class for over 10 years. Katie has spoken around Oklahoma for over 20 years. She has been married for 37 years to her high school sweetheart, Jack; raised five daughters and four foster children, and has six grandchildren.




 
Joan Wester Anderson – “Where Angels Walk”
Author and lecturer Joan Wester Anderson is the author of 15 books, including Where Angels Walk and True Stories of Heavenly Visitors, which was on the New York Times best-seller list for over a year, has sold almost two million copies and has been translated into 14 languages. Her most recent book, In the Arms of Angels (Loyola Press) covers angelic activity primarily during the past decade, including stories of hope from the 9/11 and Columbine School tragedies. Anderson has appeared on national television programs, including Good Morning America, Oprah, 20/20, NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw and Mother Angelica Live. She is a Catholic, a graduate of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago, and resides in suburban Chicago. 






 
Rosalind Moss – “Faith in the Midst of Unbelief” and “Gods Will for the Family: How to Live It”
Rosalind Moss is a staff apologist with Catholic Answers, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the Catholic faith through all forms of media. She was born and raised in a Jewish home, and in her adult years embraced Jesus as the Messiah of the Jewish people. Her initial conversion took her from a 15-year business career as a successful executive with corporations in New York and California to full-time Evangelical ministry, earning a master's degree in Ministry from Talbot Theological Seminary. A series of events in the Summer of 1990 set her on a compelling course to find out if the Catholic Church is in fact the church Christ established 2,000 years ago. After 18 years of Evangelical Protestantism, she entered the Catholic Church at Easter 1995. Rosalind now travels the world speaking and teaching through parishes, conferences, womens and family retreats, books and publications, TV and radio.





St. Gianna Molla -
October 4, 1922 - April 28, 1962
Gianna Beretta Molla was an Italian doctor, wife, and mother who refused to have either an abortion or hysterectomy when she was pregnant with her fourth child. Doctors had discovered in the second month of her pregnancy a fibroma tumor in her uterus. As a doctor, Gianna knew the consequences of not fully treating the fibroma. She chose the life of her child over her own. On the morning of April 21, 1962, a healthy baby girl was born, Gianna Emanuela. Her mother died of septic peritonitis a week after the birth. Gianna was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 24, 1994, during the international year of the family and was canonized on May 16, 2004.