Women in Central Massachusetts - Come Join the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester!


commission2013WPThe Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester is looking for you! We are an advisory group to the Bishop, devoting our time to serving the women of the diocese. Studies of women’s issues, the co-sponsorship of forums on housing with the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance and hosting talks by Catholic women writers at Assumption College have been some of our accomplishments.

Perhaps the most visible sign of the work of the Commission has been its biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference. A pioneering effort instituted in 2002 and held at the DCU Center, the conference has brought together thousands of women in fellowship and prayer over the years. Keynote speakers such as Immaculée Ilibagiza, Teresa Tomeo, Joyce Rupp and Paula D’Arcy have inspired many while workshops featuring dramatic reenactments of the Gospel, forums on service and talks on the spiritual life have nurtured the faith. Music, prayer and the celebration of liturgy have drawn the community together as one body.

We meet every third Tuesday of the month from September through May from 7:00-8:30 pm at the new pastoral center at St. Mary’s in Shrewsbury. We would love to have you join us! You can sit in on our meetings and decide if God is calling you to serve on the Commission.

Here is an article on our website with more details about the work of the  Commission and how you can help:

And here is a link to a slide show of our last conference held just last November featuring Teresa Tomeo and ValLimar Jansen as keynote speakers: http://worcestercommissionforwomen.wordpress.com/gather-us-in-conference/gather-us-in-2013/

If you think you would like to attend our meeting this Tuesday, please contact the chairwoman, Susan Bailey at [email protected].

Come join this vibrant group of women dedicated to serving the Worcester diocese and beyond.


About Author

Susan Bailey is an writer, speaker and musician. She is the author of River of Grace Creative Passages Through Difficult Times, published by Ave Maria Press, and Louisa May Alcott: Illuminated by The Message, part of the Literary Portals to Prayer series published by ACTA Publications. Along with her own blogs Be As One and Louisa May Alcott is My Passion), Susan frequently contributes to CatholicMom.com and the Association of Catholic Women Bloggers. She has also contributed to Catholic.net and Catholic Online. Susan writes articles and a monthly column known as Be as One for the Diocese of Worcester newspaper, The Catholic Free Press. Bailey, who works as a marketing/advertising assistant for a local real estate firm, is an associate member of the Commission for Women of the Diocese of Worcester, Massachusetts, where previously she served as chair and secretary, helping to organize the biennial “Gather Us In” women’s conference, one of the first major Catholic women’s conferences in the country. As part of her duties she wrote the monthly column for The Catholic Free Press known as “Concerning Women” and appeared on CatholicTV’s “This is the Day” to promote the conference. A professional musician and graphic artist, Bailey released four CDs, performed on EWTN, CatholicTV and World Youth Day 2002, and worked as a cantor in her parish of St. Luke the Evangelist for fifteen years. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education (with concentrations in US History and Music) from Bridgewater State University. She and her husband, Rich, have two grown children and live in North Grafton, Massachusetts. Susan invites you to join her email list where you will receive updates on exciting professional developments and speaking engagements. Email subscribers also receive special giveaways and previews of new projects. Susan loves a good conversation and looks forward to corresponding with you! Join here.

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