Whether single, newly married, raising children, or empty nesting, creating an environment that encourages deep, faith-filled relationships takes intentional effort. Join this workshop for some practical ways in which you can improve your own personal faith journey, reconnect with your spouse, spark an interest within your children, and nurture a home where prayer, faith, conversation, and meaningful relationships flourish.
Laryn Weaver is a leadership development specialist, motivational speaker, and author of four books: Living Intentionally, State of the Union: pursuing intimacy in marriage, Every Woman's Journey, and Encounters with Jesus. . Laryn has worked with Direct Sales companies in leadership development and is currently involved in both coaching and development for non-profit organizations in the Greenville, SC area where she lives with her husband Glenn and their four children.
When Prince Charming Snores: Staying Enchanted in a Disenchanted World
Some men’s snoring could actually be categorized using the Richter Scale. Somehow all that marriage prep we did didn’t include this important fact. What do you do when you realize you’ve been cast as the main character in a Not-Quite-So Happily Ever After? This workshop is for those thinking about getting married, the married, and those who don’t like being married and wish they didn’t feel that way. Come laugh with Stephanie as she shares personal stories and practical tips for staying in love or falling back in love once the feeling is gone.
Stephanie Sanders is a survivor of marriage, motherhood, adoption from foster care, and breast cancer treatment with little kids. Whether it’s deep or funny, she enjoys writing, teaching, leading retreats and speaking about falling in love with God in the midst of real life and suffering. Stephanie is a member of Word Weavers International, the Catholic Writers Guild, and lives in South Carolina with her husband, seven children, and dog. Find her online via Twitter: @stephlsanders, www.living3125.blogspot.com, or on Facebook StephanieLSanders.
Act Your Wage: A Bible Based Spending And Debt Management Plan
Whatever your stage in life, we all could use a financial check-up.
Joe Galloway retired as a Financial Advisor after 35 years of investment and banking experience. A popular speaker, Joe presents at national conferences and workshops and currently produces public service announcements on financial stewardship for a local radio station. He has also published two books of inspirational fiction, Baked Oysters and The Broken Door. Joe resides in Greenville, SC and worships at St. Anthony of Padua where he also serves as Director of Stewardship.
Ministering to the Incarcerated
Jesus said that when we visit the imprisoned, we actually visit him! The cast-outs, the disadvantaged, the discouraged, and forgotten. These are the men and women who fill our prisons. They are the men and women who most need Jesus. What's it like to take part in a prison ministry? How do I get started? Come hear Gwen speak about her experiences serving the men and women of Greenville County Detention Center and Perry Correctional Institution.
Gwendolyn H. Whitner was born and reared in Greenville County. Prior to retirement, she served in the Greenville County School District as an administrator and social worker. Her social work background led to her desire to try and be a beacon of light in the lives of those who are often the least among us. She presently serves as chairperson of the Prison Ministry at St. Anthony Catholic Church.
Eating Healthy on a Budget
Combining nutrition knowledge with practical family friendly tips. Come and see how healthy eating can in fact fit within your budget.
Megan Williams, RD, LDN has been a licensed registered dietitian for 16 years. She received her bachelors of science degree from Samford University in Birmingham, AL and did her dietetic internship at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN. She is a mother of 5 and divides her time between being a wife, mom, running a private nutrition practice in Greenville, SC and taxiing her children to school and soccer practice.
14 Ways to Bring More Peace into Your Life that You Can Start Today
With the dozens of movements and latest trends ( like "tidying up" and living in the Blue Zones) offering their "proven" methods of peace and happiness, it seems like we should be in the state of tranquility. Join Tami as she explores 14 ways established by not only science and research, but by saints and church wisdom that will lead you to intentional serenity.
Tami Kiser (aka Smart Martha) is an author (Smart Martha's Catholic Guide for Busy Moms), blogger, and speaker. She is the founder of Catholic Mosaic which produces video programs for Catholic women and moms. She also works part-time as a dance instructor and tutor. Her full time job, however, is wife to Keith, mother of 10, and grandmother to 9.
The Influences Of Technology And Social Media On Children And Teens: Tips for parents to maximize the benefits of media use and minimize the dangers
Concerned about the effects of the exponential increase in use of technology on children and teens? How does technology and social media shape our children’s lives and world views? What on earth can we do about it? Come and hear Family Honor speaker, Jeanine Weaver, talk about her personal experience and practical advice for navigating the changing technology landscape while raising a family.
Jeannie Weaver has been married to Vincent Weaver for twenty-seven adventurous years. She has been a Family Honor presenter along with her husband for sixteen years. Jeannie is a cradle Catholic, former hospital administrator and college instructor. Jeannie currently home-schools four out of five of her wonderful daughters, ages seven to eighteen. Family Honor is a program which provides and promotes a family-centered, Catholic approach to chastity education for parents and their children.
Ponder the riches of the joyful mysteries of the Rosary with particular focus on Mary, her virtue of courage and her joy. Participants will gain inspiration and practical ways for becoming joy-bearers in the circumstances of daily life. Lastly, we will make resolutions as we come toward the end of our conference day.
Sister Marie Celine Laird is a Dominican Sister of Saint Cecilia. She grew up in Virginia and entered the Nashville based community in 1998. After making final profession in 2005, she has taught at several schools throughout the country. She is currently teaching K3 at Saint Mary's in Greenville, SC.
Healing After Abortion
For over twenty years the mission of Rachel's Vineyard has been to provide retreats that help women and men find healing from an abortion experience. Women, men and families who are suffering the devastating effects of participation in abortion are offered spiritual and psychological help to find forgiveness and reconciliation with God, family members and their aborted children. Christy will share her experiences of working with women who are healing from abortion. This is both a session for women interested in helping women to heal and for those who have experienced an abortion and need information to begin the healing process.
Christy Brown has been working in the Diocese the past ten years as the Post Abortion Ministry Coordinator. Private counseling sessions, support groups and weekend healing retreats are offered throughout the year to assist individuals striving to renew lives shattered by abortion. Visit www.hopeafterabortion.com for more information.
Who Knew That Was A Talent? How recognizing and using your God-given talents can bring joy and purpose to your life and your relationships.
Do you get to do what you do best every day? Do you realize that God created you intentionally with unique talents for your mission here on earth? What if you had an "already installed" infinite potential? Come join us for fun and interactive workshop and let go of the guilt of "I wish I was more like ..." and dance in the joy of being "more of yourself - the one God created".
Anne Harris is a Gallup Certified Strengths coach and ministry leader for Living Your Strengths at St. Mary Magdalene in Simpsonville. It was there she discovered her calling to help EVERY person on the PLANET to fall in love with their talents. She has conducted multiple workshop and retreats, trained facilitators, and coached hundreds of people in the local community. Her greatest joys come from helping people discover their talents and seeing them use these to fuel a life of purpose, passion and productivity.
Cooperating with Christ in the Spiritual Renewal of the World: Taking the Example of Blessed Mary Angela Truszkowska, foundress of the Felician Sisters
This workshop will help us better understand ways in which lay women are called to live as people of hope in a world of despair, to penetrate the world with the spirit of the Gospel, and to grow in holiness through prayer and service. Blessed Angela's commitment to serving the poor, her adoration of Christ in the Eucharist, and her devotion to the Blessed Mother is a model for all women who seek to respond to the Lord's call to holiness while living in solidarity with those on the margins of society. For over 25 years the Felician Sisters and their collaborators have ministered in the Diocese of Charleston. This workshop is an excellent way to get to know their work and charism better. Joe Waters, our presenter, is a member of the Felician Center Board and serves as Mission Leader for their ministry in South Carolina.
Joe Waters is the co-founder and CEO of Capita. A nonprofit startup ideas lab, Capita works at the intersection of research, policy, social innovation, design, and the arts to explore how the great cultural and social transformations of our day affect children and their families, and to foster a future in which all Americans flourish. He is a member of the Board of Directors of AIR Serenbe, the acclaimed artist-in-residence program in Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia, the Felician Center, which helps those who struggle to meet their basic needs in South Carolina’s rural Pee Dee region, and the Greenville Chorale. He graduated from Furman University (BA, history) and earned a master’s degree in divinity from Duke University. He and his wife Molly, a family physician, live in Greenville, South Carolina.
Fostering Great Ideas: Putting Love Into Action for South Carolina's Most Vulnerable Children
Have you considered foster care? What's this like? How can it be done better? How can I get involved? David White shares his experience in working with children who are in the foster care system.
David White is the CEO and Founder of Fostering Great Ideas, a nonprofit focused on entrepreneurial solutions within the foster care system. David likes to look at foster care from a child's perspective. The organization serves over 250 children in the Upstate with life changing innovations as well as most children in State through legislative and foster parent recruitment initiatives. The organization is found at www.fgi4kids.org, www.care2foster.org, and speak up: voices for foster care reform, on Facebook.
Miscarriage: The Great Silent Loss
This workshop is about dealing with a miscarriage. Sharing ideas about coping and praying through the situation. Consoling others who have experienced this. Acknowledging the real loss and celebrating the lost life. This seminar is for both women who have experienced a miscarriage and for those who minister to women who have had miscarriages.
Kathy Schmugge is the Director of Family Life, one of the professors for Family Honor's course, The Truth and Meaning of Sexuality, Love and Family. She has a Master in Theological Studies from Ave Maria University and MS in Bioethics from the University of Mary in North Dakota.