2021 Syracuse Catholic Women's Conference
We happy to announce that the 2021 Syracuse Catholic Women's Conference is back this year in a new format due to Covid-19 . We look forward to welcoming everyone back!
Our Featured Speakers
Sr. Briege McKenna, O.S.C
Fr. Pablo Escriva de Romani
Sr. Briege is the recipient of the 2009 Award for Outstanding Catholic Leadership. She was born in Ireland and entered the Sisters of St. Clare at age fifteen. Following her final vows, and after suffering from rheumatoid arthritis for more than three years, she was transferred to her community in Tampa, Florida with the hope that the Florida sunshine would relieve her ailment. At age twenty-four, she was miraculously and instantaneously healed during the celebration of the Eucharist. Sometime later, in prayer, she received the gift of healing for which she has become widely known. In 1974, again during prayer, she was granted a deep spiritual insight into the mystery of the call to the priesthood. Since then, bishops and priests in many parts of the world have invited her to speak and minister at their retreats and conferences. Sr. Briege ministered to priests in collaboration with Fr. Kevin Scallon, CM for over forty-two years until his death in June 2018. She continues to carry out this ministry today with Fr. Pablo Escriva de Romani. Her books Miracles Do Happen and The Power of the Sacraments have been translated into many languages.
Fr. Pablo Escriva de Romani studied Theology at the Universidad Eclesiastica San Damaso in the Archdiocese of Madrid, Spain, and was ordained in 2009. For several years, he served the youth of St. Theresa of Jesus in Madrid. He subsequently worked as a missionary in Ukraine with Bishop Jan Sobilo at the Shrine of Merciful God the Father, where he facilitated retreats, conducted pro-life missions with doctors, and led spiritual exercises for priests, while also helping victims from the war zone. Fr. Pablo has ministered at retreats in many countries including France, Mexico, Italy, Poland, Belarus, Switzerland, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ethiopia, the Dominican Republic, the United States, Belgium, Lebanon, the Holy Land, Guatemala, Chile, Portugal, and Puerto Rico. Currently working as a missionary from the Archdiocese of Madrid, he resides in the Diocese of Limon in Costa Rica with Bishop Javier Roman, serving indigenous communities, ministering to youth, and leading priests in spiritual exercises. He has recently begun the restoration of a retreat house for priests interested in learning about missionary work and renewal of the priesthood. Fr. Pablo has also joined Sr. Briege in ministering to priests and at parish missions.
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.
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti is a priest of the Diocese of Syracuse. He graduated from the Air Force Academy in 1973 and spent six years in the Air Force. After ordination, he served in two parishes. For 18 years, he served as the EVP and then the President of Saint Luke Institute in Maryland, a treatment program for clergy. A licensed psychologist, Msgr. Rossetti has a Ph.D. in psychology from Boston College and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Catholic University of America (CUA). He received numerous awards including an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from St. Mary’s University. Msgr. Rossetti is a research associate professor at CUA and the President of St. Michael Center for Spiritual Renewal. He is the author of over a dozen books including his latest: “Diary of an American Exorcist.” For over 10 years, he has been a chaplain for the Washington Nationals MLB team and an exorcist for the Archdiocese of Washington.
Fr. Mariusz Jarzabek, MIC
Fr. Mariusz Jarzabek, MIC, is a Polish priest from the Congregation of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. After his ordination to the priesthood in 1990 in Warsaw, he ministered in various parishes and shrines in Poland, England and in the Philippines. Since 2019 he has been assigned to The National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.