NORTH DARTMOUTH — The Ladies Guild of St. Julie Billiart Church invites women of the parish, the surrounding area, and the Diocese of Fall River, to join them in their first presentation of a Catholic Women’s Conference.

The conference theme, “Do Not Be Afraid,” is based on the words of the Angel Gabriel to Mary at The Annunciation. Throughout the conference, participants will learn the many lessons which the Blessed Mother can teach about acceptance, patience, and strength in bearing daily crosses.

This conference will strive to inspire women to develop a deeper relationship with Jesus and His Blessed Mother and will provide opportunities for fellowship and a renewal of their Catholic spirit.

This conference will include Holy Mass, other opportunities for prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, the Rosary, the availability to receive the Sacrament of Penance, vendors, and a light breakfast and boxed lunch.

There will also be three guest speakers: Laura Phelps, Liz Cotrupi Pfunder, and Jean Revil.

Laura Phelps is a national speaker and author. Not too long ago she discovered that the Bible was actually meant to be opened and read, and now she wants everyone to open and read their Bibles too.

In 2016, after a personal encounter with Christ and an undeniable call on her heart to share her story with others, Laura joined Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible Ministry. In 2019 Laura “took to the main stage” and since has spoken to countless numbers of women across the country in parishes and at women’s conferences.

Reliable, honest, and humorous, Laura generously shares the pain of her life, offering the hope and healing she has found through Jesus and Mary.

She is the author of “Victorious Secret: Everyday Battles and How to Win Them,” and “Sweet Cross: A Marian Guide to Suffering.” 

She is a wife and mother of four living in Connecticut, and enjoys speaking to groups about her faith and writing her personal blog:

Liz Cotrupi Pfunder is a Catholic musician, songwriter, and speaker who for the past 10 years has been traveling nationally to spread the love of Christ. With a Master’s Degree in Theology, music from her original album “Unglued,” and a passion for worship, she seeks to see lives changed and hearts transformed by Jesus.

Liz has ministered at numerous Steubenville Youth Conferences, Life Teen Camps, Diocesan Faith Rallies, and retreats for a wide variety of ages. Most recently Liz led the musical reflection at the Rhode Island Catholic Women’s Conference.

She has been married to her husband, Bob, for almost eight years, and lives in Rumford, R.I. with their six-year-old daughter, Gracie Anne.

Jean Revil, a St. Julie Billiart parishioner, is an Oblate of St. Benedict associated with the Benedictines of Portsmouth Abbey. She is a former theology teacher and Campus Minister of Bishop Stang High School, having retired after 33 years of inspiring Stang students.

Jean has also been active in Catholic REC (Residents Encounter Christ) for more than 20 years, offering a three-day retreat for the incarcerated several times a year at the Dartmouth House of Correction along with weekly meetings of prayer, Scripture and fellowship.

In 2016, Jean was hired to be the Director of Adult Faith Formation for both St. Joseph’s and St. Michael’s parishes in Fall River. In addition to preparing adults for RCIA, she also led Bible Study and seasonal learning events.

She believes that learning about our faith is a life-long endeavor that involves both learning the facts about Jesus Christ and growing in our relationship with Him.

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