By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer
More than 500 women from around the Archdiocese of Louisville filled St. Patrick Church in Eastwood for the second Catholic Women’s Conference Nov. 5.
The event, themed “Encountering God’s Mercy,” was organized by the Office of Lifelong Formation and Education and the Office of Multicultural Ministry (OMM) and made possible through contributions from the Catholic Services Appeal.
The day started with a welcome from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, followed by a keynote address by Lavinia Spirito, founding author of the Catholic Way Bible Study Program and an attorney who practices in Lexington, Ky.
Spirito opened her keynote address by telling the women that the Year of Mercy provided a “wonderful opportunity to hone in on the idea of God’s mercy.” Often times, she said, people believe God is merciful, but are not quite sure what that means or what it means in their lives.
Spirito shared with the congregation what she believes mercy is not. Mercy isn’t merely the dispensing of justice, she said.