Diocese pleased, excited to offer second annual
Women and Men’s Conference

By Dave Jolivet
Anchor Editor

EASTON, Mass. — “Back by popular demand,” is an old expression used when an event takes place again because it was so successful the first time around.

Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., was pleased to recently announce that the Diocese of Fall River is again hosting a Women and Men’s Conference — back by popular demand.

The day-long event will take place at the Ames Sports Complex at Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street in Easton, on March 10, with doors opening at 9 a.m.

Last year, at the same site, the diocese hosted its first-ever such conference, and it was met with a great response.

In a video posted on the diocesan website at fallriverdiocese.org, Bishop da Cunha said, “The conference drew more than 800 parishioners from across our diocese.

“Participants were enthusiastic, joyful and so happy to be able to take part in this type of program right within our own diocese.”

The bishop also said, “Many expressed the hope that the conference would  become an annual event.”

Those hopes have been fulfilled with the second annual conference offering a full day of uplifting and inspiring Spiritual events.

The conference schedule includes dynamic presentations from outstanding speakers; prayer; music; opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation; time for Eucharistic Adoration; lunch; vendors; and a closing Mass celebrated by Bishop da Cunha. (CEU’s will also be offered.)

The theme of this year’s event is: “Be On Fire — Set the World On Fire.”

This year the conference is also offering a separate track for young adults, ages 18-30, with events and topics geared toward them.

“During Lent we are called to find ways to grow in faith,” Bishop da Cunha said. “To be on fire in our desire to deepen our relationship with God. This Women and Men’s Conference is an opportunity to do just that.”

On tap are four inspiring, faith-filled speakers who will share their faith, humor, and excitement for the Lord and for our call to “set the world on fire.”


Father Anthony Ciorra, Ph.D. — Father Ciorra is vice president for Mission and Catholic identity at Sacred Heart University in Connecticut. He is a leading expert in Catholic Spirituality, and has directed centers for Spiritual development in higher education for the New York Archdiocese. Father Ciorra is widely-recognized for his work in lay ministry and interreligious dialogue.

Sister Marie Paul Curley — Sister Marie Paul is a Daughter of St. Paul whose ministry exemplifies her religious community’s mission of communication. She is an author, blogger and video producer. Sister Marie Paul is a gifted multi-media artist who uses those means to share the message of Christ with her audiences.

Father Dave Dwyer — Father Dwyer is a Paulist priest who serves as director of Busted Halo Ministries and is the host of “The Busted Halo Show,” a call-in radio talk show airing five nights a week on SiriusXM’s The Catholic Channel. He is also the host of the “Sacraments 101” video series on YouTube. Through his outreach, Father Dwyer seeks to help people grow in their Catholic faith and share it with others.

ValLimar Jansen — Jansen is a highly-regarded singer, composer and recording artist known especially for her work in contemporary Christian music. Bishop da Cunha said, “I am happy to announce that ValLimar will be returning to be with us again. Last year she literally got the room moving with her exuberant music and inspiring message.”

Jansen is blessed with an extraordinary voice and she tours the country and around the world as an inspirational speaker and a leader of worship and prayer.

Bishop da Cunha tells diocesan faithful in the website video, the conference “will be once more, I am certain, a Spiritually enriching and inspiring day together.”

As diocesan faithful make the Lenten trek towards the Easter Resurrection, this year’s Women and Men’s Conference will be a great aid in the journey. “With the theme, ‘Be On Fire — Set the World On Fire,’ it will surely help ignite and inspire us on our journey towards Easter,” said the bishop.

For more information on the conference, or to register, visit the Diocese of Fall River’s website at fallriverdiocese.org.

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