By Nancy Huffaker

Don’t miss the final 2021 Catholic Women’s Mini-Conference on Saturday, Nov. 13.

St. Joseph–St. Patrick Church in Utica will host a half-day retreat centered on “Encountering Christ.” The morning will begin with the rosary, followed by the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, light refreshments and the speaker’s presentation.

Monsignor Stephen Joseph Rossetti, the exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will strengthen women through his talk titled “Spiritual Warfare Today.” Providing the scriptural and catechetical foundations of exorcism and deliverance ministry, Msgr. Rossetti highlights the importance of nourishing a strong spiritual life to support women’s roles as spiritual warriors. Empowered by the sacraments and sacramentals, women will have the tools to protect themselves and their families amidst the growing prevalence of the occult in our world.

His book, “Diary of an American Exorcist: Demons, Possession, and the Modern-Day Battle Against Ancient Evil,” details his battles in the spiritual realm and reinforces the healing power of Christ. It will be available for sale throughout the mini-conference.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession will follow Msgr. Rossetti’s presentation. In Bishop Douglas J. Lucia’s welcome letter to the attending women of the diocese, he encourages participants to take advantage of “the wonderful opportunity to encounter Christ’s Real Presence in Word and in Sacrament.”

Together with the bishop, the members of the Diocesan Women’s Commission pray that this retreat will “bear much fruit in the lives of those who are able to come away for a while and rest in the Lord.”

  Doors will open at 8 a.m. and the mini-conference will conclude at 12:30 p.m. Walk-in registration for this final mini-conference is $17, a discount of 15%. Visit for more information.

Nancy Huffaker is a member of the Diocese of Syracuse’s Commission on Women in Church and in Society.

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