Representing the Feminine Voice (with Sarah Hart and Kate Williams, featuring Dolly Sokol)

Click here to list to this podcast from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

One of the major pastoral opportunities facing those of us in ministry is in the area of representation. With increasingly diverse membership, even in rural and outlying communities, there isn’t a parish in existence that shouldn’t be evaluating their practice carefully. As our cultural paradigm shifts from “believing leads to belonging” to “belonging leads to believing,” our success in gathering, leading, and ministering to a community starts with whether the members of that community feel they belong in the first place.

In this episode, we explore that challenge more deeply through conversation with two important voices: Sarah Hart and Kate Williams. In doing so, we consider the progress that women composers have made in liturgical circles, the barriers that remain, and we ask, “what, exactly, is the feminine compositional voice”?

Walking with Purpose

 Learn About Walking with Purpose Event

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Louisville, KY
Tuesday, April 24
11 am to 1 pm

Do you have a heart for other women and a desire to connect them in the parish, to encourage an authentic women’s faith sharing community, to meet women where they are and draw them closer to Christ?  If so, please attend a Learn About Walking with Purpose event this April at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Louisville.

Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible study offering  a Scripture-based program that is approachable, relevant and focused on conversion of heart, invites women and parish leaders to attend a Learn About Walking with Purpose Event and find out about this fast-growing program.

Meeting women where they are in a personal and transformational way, Walking with Purpose offers at-home study and weekly small group discussions that link women’s everyday challenges with the solutions found in the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.  Walking with Purpose is currently offered in the Louisville diocese at Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Spirit parishes.

Women ministry leaders and pastoral staff seeking to bring other women closer to Christ through Scripture study and fellowship are invited to learn from local WWP leaders about their experience bringing the program to their parish.  WWP national staff will explain the WWP discernment process, leadership training and mentoring support offered.

There is no charge for the event and lunch will be provided. To register or obtain more information about this Learn About Walking with Purpose Event,  please contact Beth Freeman via email at

Registration is now closed.

Registration is now closed but if you would like to join us this Saturday for the conference and have not registered we will be able to take walk-in registrations the day of the conference March 10, 2018.

Thank you to the over 400 women who are already registered to attend.  We look forward to spending the day with you.

Donate Feminine Care Products

While you are out shopping this weekend or next week, don’t forget to pick up feminine care products to be donated to local agencies that serve women.  We will have a place for your donation near the registration area at the conference on March 10th.

Don’t forget to register.

After registering online you have the option of paying with a credit card online or mailing in a check for payment.

Registration deadline is March 1st. (Checks for payment can be mailed after the registration deadline.)

5 Things the mystics have taught me about motherhood


Fr Lawrence Lew, O.P./Flick


These people can help you live more simply, shake off insecurities, and be a better mother to your kids.

When I was suffering from postpartum depression, I sought solace in the Christian mystics as a way to find language for my own intense emotions. I live in an intentional community on a farm — a lifestyle that can feel radical at times. Because the Christian mystics often seem to linger on the fringes of society, religion — and sometimes even emotional health — they have given me perspective on my life and experiences. Here are five things I’ve learned from these mostly single and cloistered mystics about being a mother and caring for my family and community:

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