2020 Syracuse Catholic Women's Conference
October 24, 2020
7:30am - 5pm
Our Featured Speakers
Fr. Larry Richards
Father Larry Richards has been a priest since 1989 for the Diocese of Erie, Pennsylvania and he currently serves as pastor of St. Joseph Church/Bread of Life Community in Erie. In 2004 Father founded The Reason For Our Hope Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to‘spreading the Good News’ by educating others about Jesus Christ and the Catholic faith through CDs, DVDs and books. He is the author of “Be a Man! Becoming the Man God Created You to Be”, a #1 best seller for Ignatius Press, having sold over 100,000 copies. He also has a second book called “Surrender! The Life-Changing Power of Doing God’s Will” published by Our Sunday Visitor which has sold over 40,000 copies. Father released a Catholic Men’s Bible, NABRE, with Our Sunday Visitor in 2014, and also a Scripture Devotional Calendar entitled “No Bible, No Breakfast! No Bible, No Bed!” Father hosts the EWTN radio show called “The Reason For Our Hope”, and a live EWTN radio show called “Open Line”.
Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel
Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel is a member of the St. Cecilia Congregation of Dominican
Sisters of Nashville, Tennessee. She received her Doctorate in Sacred Theology
from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, Italy. She has been
active in her religious community's teaching apostolate for over fifteen years and has assisted with the theological formation of the newest members of her religious congregation. In addition to contributing articles to a number of journals and magazines, including the Vatican newspaper (L'Osservatore Romano), The
National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, The Linacre Quarterly, and the Baylor
University Medical Center Proceedings, Sister has served as editor-in-chief of her
Congregation's book, Praying as a Family (also available in Spanish, Chinese, and
Arabic versions). With EWTN, she directed a television series of the same title.
She has also served as the creator and founding Director of the University of
Dallas Studies in Catholic Faith & Culture Program.
Tori Vissat is a young, vibrant Catholic lay woman who works for FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students.) She has been leading, mentoring and guiding women in the faith for the past 7 years. She served 5 years on the international mission team for FOCUS where she took hundreds of students on mission trips around the world. As of recent, Tori helped form “The Freedom Project,” a department of FOCUS that seeks to help young people gain healing in the areas of addiction, trauma and chastity. Tori has been featured on EWTN, the “Catholic Feminist Podcast” and the “SHE BELIEVED” podcast. Her writing can be seen on “The Catholic Woman Blog” and the FOCUS blog. In her spare time, Tori enjoys cooking, reading and searching for the best cold brew coffee.