What is GIVEN KC?
What is GIVEN KC?
In June 2016, the CMSWR (Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious) hosted a Catholic young women's leadership conference in Washington DC. Two of the attendees were impacted so significantly by that week, they desired to share some of what they experienced with more women. As it seems, the Holy Spirit approved. Upon their return, Bishop Johnston of the Missouri Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph was on a mission to find out what the GIVEN 2016 forum was about and to encourage the fruition of the seeds that had been planted. With his blessing and the guidance of several priests within the diocese, GIVEN KC was born.
The Holy Spirit made His presence known at GIVEN KC 2017 and clearly indicated that this was not to be a one-time only event. Two more women who were in attendance that day said yes to the Holy Spirit's invitation to be part of this journey and joined the original two organizers to coordinate GIVEN KC 2018.
This conference would not be happening without the love, dedication and sacrifice of the sisters who hosted the GIVEN 2016 Forum. Recorded talks from the forum are available online and come highly recommended. These talks and additional information about the original GIVEN forum may also be found at http://www.givenforum.org/
"The Church sees in Mary the highest expression of the "feminine genius" and finds in her a source of constant inspiration."
Saint Pope John Paul II, "Letter to Women"
We ask for Our Lady's intercession to open our minds and hearts so that we may receive all that God has to give us through our speakers, time in prayer and interactions with one another.
On December 8, 1854, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the dogma of the Immaculate Conception in the apostolic constitution Ineffabilis Deus. A little more than three years later, on February 11, 1858, a young lady appeared to Bernadette Soubirous. This began a series of visions. During the apparition on March 25, the lady identified herself with the words: “I am the Immaculate Conception.”
Bernadette was a sickly child of poor parents. Their practice of the Catholic faith was scarcely more than lukewarm. Bernadette could pray the Our Father, the Hail Mary and the Creed. She also knew the prayer of the Miraculous Medal: “O Mary conceived without sin.”
During interrogations Bernadette gave an account of what she saw. It was “something white in the shape of a girl.” She used the word aquero, a dialect term meaning “this thing.” It was “a pretty young girl with a rosary over her arm.” Her white robe was encircled by a blue girdle. She wore a white veil. There was a yellow rose on each foot. A rosary was in her hand. Bernadette was also impressed by the fact that the lady did not use the informal form of address (tu), but the polite form (vous). The humble virgin appeared to a humble girl and treated her with dignity.
Through that humble girl, Mary revitalized and continues to revitalize the faith of millions of people. People began to flock to Lourdes from other parts of France and from all over the world. In 1862 Church authorities confirmed the authenticity of the apparitions and authorized the cult of Our Lady of Lourdes for the diocese. The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes became worldwide in 1907.
Credit: Franciscan Media
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