We are thrilled to introduce to you an incredible line up of keynote speakers and workshop presenters for 2020.
Alyssa is a very gifted musician, alongside her husband Daniel they founded the umlimitedcoverband and perform around Melbourne.
Earlier this year, she established an originals project with freelance vocalist Georga Byrne called ‘The SAGA’. The pair performed alongside Fr Rob Galea & Joe Melendrez at World Youth Day in Panama City/ Their debut single, ‘Set Fire’ reached #9 on the TCM Charts.
Alyssa has a great passion for faith and music and a strong desire to share that with others. With an infectious smile that has the ability to light up any room, a hard working and determined attitude, and a wealth of experience, people of all ages will be inspired to let their faith shine through their lives in whatever they do.
After working as a youth minister for many years Katie began to notice a common
struggle amongst teens in the area of sex, dating and relationships. With an extensive
background in youth work, youth communication and church leadership Katie, alongside
her husband are now using their passion and experience to deliver seminars for
students, parents and teachers around the topics, which really matter for
Katie is a gifted communicator who speaks with both authority and passion to
an audience who is searching for answers. Katie has recently finished her advanced
diploma in psychology. Katie is happily married to David and are loving parents to three
beautiful children. They are passionate about family, adventure and their faith in Jesus
Renee lives in Brisbane with her husband Mark and their four beautiful children. Renee has been involved with NET ministries Australia for many years where she is involved with the formation and mentoring of hundreds of young people. She is a passionate lover of Jesus and making him known to others. Having been trained in the Clifton strengths finder approach Renee has a huge interest in seeing people discover their gifts and using them in service of the Church and others
Sr Maria Joy is a Dominican Sister of St Cecilia, Nashville, Tennessee. She has been a professed Sister for 2years and lives with the Sisters community in Melbourne. Sr Maria Joy has a passion for Jesus and for making people feel loved and deeply valued. We are so blessed to welcome her to Conference for the first time.
Sr MARIA JOY OP
Trish was born and raised on the beaches of Wollongong and developed a love for the gift of creation, learning and adventure. She holds degrees in Exercise Science, Education, Theology and Spiritual Direction.
Trish has extensive experience in the field of faith formation as well as the presentation of seminars and retreats for educators and leaders. Trish believes balance and integration are critical to living the fullness of life our Creator designed for us. Her inputs seek to explore how to integrate the three fundamental aspects of our human experience, physical, mental and spiritual breathing life into our unique journey
Vivan is just about to wrap up as a campus missionary with Freedom CMC over the last four years. She worked in IT in Melbourne for several years before realising her heart for evangelisation and moving to Brisbane to live the mission life.
She is passionate about good coffee, using our unique gifts to be co-creators with the Creator and journeying with and mentoring young people in their pursuit of holiness. Her greatest desire for the Church is to discover who they were created to be by first discovering Who they were created by.
Karen has a heart for women and helping them to realise their full potential in Christ. Karen is the author of a number of books, the online course on the feminine genius and is a gifted communicator and sought after speaker.
She is the co founder of Choicez Media, Australia's largest provider of Catholic sexuality and relationships resources. She is also the co founder of the Sisterhood Movement and the Genius Project: an online Catholic women's formation and mentoring program. She has been married to Jonathan Doyle for 19 years and they have three wonderful children.
Monica Doumit is the Director of Public Affairs and Engagement for the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney, engaging in policy and communications for issues such as abortion, euthanasia, marriage and religious freedom.
She is also an adjunct senior lecturer in law at the University of Notre Dame Australia and a regular columnist for the Catholic Weekly. Prior to this, Monica spent ten years working as a corporate lawyer in Sydney and London, and holds degrees in law and medical science, a diploma in finance and a masters in bioethics.
Presented by Carrie McCormack
Many years ago, looking for inspiration for motherhood, Carrie McCormack delved headlong into formation searching what the Bible, the Saints and other Catholic writers had to say about women and the family. Carrie was inspired by this new found understanding of motherhood. Motivated to help others in the same situation Carrie established Mother Effect which started with weekly groups including study, prayer and collaborative activities. In this workshop, Carrie will share her wisdom and experience around the irreplaceable role of Motherhood and the mothering ministry.
Presented by The Dominican Sisters
In his book, Interior Freedom, Fr Jacques Philippe describes the interior disposition of the saints as being..
"...ready to do in an instant just what we hadn’t expected, to live in total self-abandonment, with no other concern than doing God’s will and being fully available to people and events. Experiencing God’s presence within them in prayer, and listening to the Holy Spirit so as to follow His inspirations."
In this workshop, we will walk through his simple and practical advice to grow into this expansive freedom of heart and mind.
Presented by Monica Doumit and team
A feminine, pro-life voice in the public square. 25 years ago this week, Pope St John Paul II issued his great encyclical, Evangelium Vitae. In it, he wrote that we “find ourselves in the midst of a dramatic conflict between the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life’.” His observation is just as true in the present day, with abortion now legal across the country, euthanasia available in Victoria and laws proposed in numerous other states. The “feminine genius of women, a phrase coined by Pope St John Paul, refers to the unique gifting and contribution that women bring to the world by virtue of their femininity. Through our voices, raised in the public square, and through our works at the service of life and family, Catholic women have a unique role to play in building a culture of life and love.
Evangelisation in Culture
Presented by Kate Seseljia
In this workshop we will explore ways to deepen in our relationship with Jesus :
- How to develop a constructive relationship with adversity
- Learn skills in self care
- Build awareness of our own uniqueness to destroy shame and enable growth.