By  Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose, PhD

Pope Francis, in his final homily at the World Meeting of Families, encouraged the practice of “little signs of tenderness, affection, and compassion” that “make us feel at home” in our families and in the world. These little signs, so easily overlooked and under appreciated are the “little miracles” through which Jesus lives and acts in our world. “Would that everyone could work miracles in the Lord’s name!”

Living a life of “little miracles,” Pope Francis explained, means “to encourage, support and nurture the good things happening all around.” The Catholic Women’s Conference on Nov. 7, 2015, at the Oncenter, brings together women from around the diocese to encourage, support and nurture the good things happening in our hearts, our families and our world. “Contagious Joy: Embrace the Gift!” reflects Pope Francis’ hope that we open our hearts and lives to the joyous gift of faith. Please join us! We have a wonderful lineup of speakers, including Father Andrew Apostoli, CFR; Sister Miriam James Heidland, SOLT; and Simcha Fisher, a freelance writer and columnist for National Catholic Register.

Fisher’s lively and unique voice has made her a must-read for Catholics. The mother of ten, Fisher writes with fluidity and wisdom — and great humor — about politics, domestic life, art, books, movies, the life of the Church and more. An invited speaker at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Fisher recently published A Sinner’s Guide to Natural Family Planning, which reveals her trademark “tell it like it is” style.

Visit or call (315) 475-9332 for more conference details or to register. We look forward to welcoming you — and hundreds of other women — to a prayer-filled day of grace, fellowship — and contagious joy!

Sheila O’Connor-Ambrose, PhD, attends Our Lady of Lourdes in Utica.

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