greeting the Bishop discussion on stage

I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete — Jesus

Executive Committee

RCWC Executive Committee

Target Audience

All Catholic women from the Diocese of Rochester ages 18 — 118.

Vision

A day that will inspire, uplift and entice.

Concept

The Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference is an authentic Catholic Conference that draws one thousand (1,000) women from our Diocese to celebrate Mass with our Bishop, hear amazing national Catholic speakers, enjoy a tasty lunch, peruse dozens of Catholic venders and hear uplifting music. The women who attend are provided with opportunities for Reconciliation and the conference concludes with Benediction and Eucharistic Adoration. With the help of the Holy Spirit, it is a positive, powerful and life changing experience for the women who attend.

Our Story

Catholic conferences are springing up all around our state, country, and even the world. Great music, uplifting speakers, delicious food, and a wonderful atmosphere of joy inspire people who attend and often ignite in them a new found curiosity about the teachings of the Catholic Church, her beautiful sacraments, and the promise of joy that comes from following Jesus Christ. It is the joy, in a world so overcome by tragedy, that is the most enticing and exciting part of a Catholic conference. While nearby towns have had thriving Catholic men’s and women’s conferences for years, Rochester did not.

The idea for a Rochester Catholic Women’s Conference started very casually over lunch in the winter of 2013. My sister-in-law, Maria Mruzek, and I talked about the wonderful experience we had at the Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference. “Why not here?” we asked. We decided that if we could get enough volunteers to help, we would “go for it” and bring a Catholic Women’s Conference to Rochester. The response to our request for help was amazing! Ultimately, over sixty women volunteered in one way or another to make this event a reality. So many women started attending our planning meetings that we had to move them out of my living room to the meeting room of St. Louis Church in Pittsford. Let me tell you, these meetings were so much fun and filled with laughter, prayer, and great ideas!

When we started, we had no venue, no speakers, no money, and no connection with the Diocese of Rochester — all of which would be necessary to have a successful conference. Even so, the committee decided to hold the conference in less than a year’s time. Ladies stepped up to lead various aspects of the conference, calls were made to nationally known speakers and we waited to hear from our Diocese, which at the time was undergoing a major transition and did not even have a Bishop. By the grace of God, we received approval and everything fell into place. We titled our first conference The Heart of the Matter. Many of us donated hundreds of hours of time, gave money to help cover the costs and prayed “unceasingly” that this would all work out!

As they say, the rest is history! The Heart of the Matter was a sellout event with over 1,000 attending and the women who came had a wonderful, uplifting time. Our new Bishop, the Most Reverend Salvatore Matano started the Conference with Mass and stayed for the day to hear confessions and meet the women of his new flock. The women at the conference heard amazing national Catholic speakers, had opportunities for Confession, enjoyed a delicious lunch, shopped at Christian vendors, and visited with friends old and new. It was a day filled with the joy that comes from being a Catholic woman today.

Plans for our next conference are well underway and we can’t wait to see you then. May God bless you abundantly!

Christine DiNovo, RCWC Chair