Friday, May 29, 2015

CWBN: A Bunch of Broads Go To College and a Give-Away

This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the Catholic Women Bloggers Network's Ohio conference.  If one comes to your area, I have just one word of advice for you: GO!

The group that attended was diverse: single, newly married and long married; new mothers, mothers of many, mothers of none, and even a grandmother; women who stay at home and those who work outside the home either full-time or part-time; bloggers for profit and bloggers for fun; religious bloggers and secular ones as well.  But, there was one very important thing we all held in common: our Catholic faith.

It was a joy to spend time among women who take their faith seriously and who rejoice in the beauty of being a woman.  The locations chosen for the conference, Walsh University and Sancta Clara Monastery, helped set the tone for the weekend. 

We talked about how our words matter.  No matter how large or small a part of the blog world we might be, something we say or post is going to have an impact on someone, somewhere.  What an appropriate message that was on the eve of the Feast of Pentecost! 

For a very lovely and in depth write up of the conference, go check out Melody's post.  Her great planning and organization brought this beautiful group of women together and left us wondering when and where the next conference she was planning would be!
picture courtesy of Jayme Orn Photography

Giveaway?  Did someone say giveaway? Everyone that attended the conference received a goody bag filled with items that represented, somehow, each person that was there.  My item, courtesy of the American Chesterton Society, was a copy of "What's Wrong With the World".  In honor of GK Chesterton's 141st birthday today, I have copies of the book that I will give to two lucky winners.  Check out one of the blogs above that you have never read before and leave me a comment below.  Next Friday I'll announce the winners!

To be Queen Elizabeth within a definite area, deciding sales, banquets, labors and holidays; to be Whiteley within a certain area, providing toys, boots, sheets, cakes and books, to be Aristotle within a certain area, teaching morals, manners, theology, and hygiene; I can understand how this might exhaust the mind, but I cannot imagine how it could narrow it.  How can it be a large career to tell other people's children about the Rule of Three, and a small career to tell one's own children about the universe?  How can it be broad to be the same thing to everyone, and narrow to be everything to someone?  No; a woman's function is laborious, but because it is gigantic, not because it is minute.  I will pity Mrs. Jones for the hugeness of her task; I will never pity her for its smallness.



  1. Looks like a fun time, for sure!

  2. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. Thanks for offering the giveaway!

  3. These were lovely thoughts, Donna! I also loved the variety of women! How very much like the Body of Christ - in miniature! It was beautiful to be in a room with such different personalities, stages of life, gifts and skills and desires, yet everyone *truly* has the same goal and work and hope! It was so nice meeting you! Love, Theresa

  4. Lovely quote! I am going to share it!

    So glad you had fun, looks like a fantastic group of women!

  5. So glad it went well and you had a great time!