What will you experience at The Well? Think 1/3 women’s conference, 1/3 spiritual retreat, and 1/3 ladies’ night out. Our planning team is made up of a few extroverts, a few introverts, and a few chameleons who sit on either side of the fence depending on the environment. Please know we are mindful of balancing the day’s activities to meet these differences in our personalities.
We kick off our gathering on Saturday, July 16 at 11:00am at the Forte Banquet & Conference Center, and we won’t stop until 11:00pm. During the event, you will be served lunch and dinner, with a few snacks and desserts thrown in, too. Throughout the day you will hear talks given by faith-filled women addressing topics such as taking time for holy leisure and developing spiritual friendships, courtship with Jesus, being merciful with ourselves, building our “cathedrals,” and celebrating our God-given beauty and femininity. These talks will be given in “Ted Talk style” — that is, powerful talks containing ideas worth sharing in 18 minutes or less. In between these talks, you’ll have networking time to “encounter” one another and share more deeply during structured-unstructured time. (Is that a thing?)
With a focus on encountering Jesus, live praise and worship music will form the soundtrack for our day, gently transitioning us from one opportunity to the next. In addition to the talks, the agenda includes time for individual prayer and reflection as well as communal worship at Saturday evening Vigil Mass at St. Ambrose Cathedral.
We return back to Forte Banquet & Conference Center for our evening activities centered around fellowship, good food, and fun. Monsignor Frank Bognanno is our dinner “entertainment.” We put entertainment in quotes because, while we don’t think he’ll juggle flaming swords or ride around on a unicycle (although you just never know with Monsignor!), he will certainly encourage us with an inspiring and humorous message. We’ll end the night by kicking up our heels to music provided by Musical Edge DJ Service.
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