Gather Us In Conference 2011


I didn’t understand originally why God led me to join the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, but I’m sure glad He did! The Commission is a dedicated group of 12-15 volunteers who, among other things, puts on a major women’s conference at the DCU Center in Worcester. Known as “Gather Us In,” this women’s conference was the first of its kind in a Catholic diocese. The conference was first staged in 2002 and there have been 5 ever since featuring such notables as Immaculee IlibagizaPaula  D’Arcy,Joyce Rupp and Antoinette Bosco.

The theme of this year’s conference was “Gratitude: Acknowledging and Affirming God’s Grace in Our Lives.”

Keynote speakers included local television anchor-turned-minister Liz Walkerand singer/songwriter/poetSr. Kathy Sherman.

Liz’s inspiring and electric keynote spoke of God’s grace leading her to Sudan, and how that country transformed her from a news anchor to a minister. Liz created a grassroots organization known as My Sister’s Keeper and after 10 years, helped build a school for girls in Sudan through that organization.

Kathy Sherman, a sister of St. Joseph, shared her thoughts on gratitude in story and song. Many women were moved to tears by her music, and uplifted as well.

Workshops were also presented at Gather Us In 2011 and included the following presenters:

  • Elizabeth Dreyer, PhD, speaking on how to become a grassroots theologian
  • Pat Gohn, describing how a spirit of gratitude can translate into women becoming spiritual mothers
  • Christin Jezak, presenting her one woman play dealing with encountering Jesus in every person through the lens of Mother Teresa
  • Talk Back – Your Turn, run by Commission members Marie Fusaro Davis and myself, giving the women a chance to share stories and feelings in relation to what they heard at the conference

I feel humbled and privileged to have been elected as the chairperson of this fantastic Commission for Women, they are the best!

Click here to read all about the Gather Us In 2011 conference which includes a slide show of the day.

Copyright 2011 Susan Bailey


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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