Greenville, SC (Feb. 10, 2015)—Catholic Mothers are excited about a free, online conference that will be held the March 6- March 9 at http://www.CatholicConference4Moms.com. Unlike other conferences, where mothers may have to drive long distances, give up some cash, and worse, arrange the logistics of a busy family with the matriarch missing—this one promises the ultimate in convenience. Not only is it free, but it is available on her own computer, tablet, or mobile device. Just a week after registration, over 1000 Moms have already joined.
Unlike other online seminars where the presentation is running live and you have to tune in at a certain time, these video presentations have been prepared far in advance. Organizer, Tami Kiser, gives the reason for this: “For most of us busy moms, it’s very hard to predict when we are going to have a chunk of time during the day to listen to a presentation. This online conference is different—for any given day of the conference, moms can pull up any of the presentations available that day at any time. She can even listen to part of the talk now and finish it later. With all of the presentations about 20 minutes, this makes it very convenient and actually doable.”
Michelle Shorter, parishioner of St. Mary Magdalene Church in Simpsonville, SC, regularly listens to Catholic programs on her Iphone and computer during her housework and while running errands. She is excited about the wide selection of popular Catholic speakers. “I am always looking for ideas to help my family—when you start looking for materials, it can be overwhelming. I appreciate this incredible selection of speakers and topics combined in one location, so conveniently available.”
The presenters and topics are first-rate. Over 25 speakers are taking part of the conference, and the presentations range from “Managing Stress” to “Talking to Your Children about Sex” to “Family Meals.” Each presentation feels like a TED talk meets a Fireside Chat in that the speakers are experts in their field and passionate about their topics, but they come across as though they are speaking to each mom individually from her living room or kitchen table.
Uniting so many moms together from across the country was an exciting prospect that helped presenter, Stephanie Wood Weinert, decide to be a part of this project. “I love anything that can unite Catholic moms—especially moms from such diverse backgrounds and ages. We can all see that we have the same struggles, same hopes, and the same desires.” There are over 60 affiliates who have agreed to help support this conference. Most of these affiliates are Catholic mom bloggers—the lifeblood of Catholic moms who use the internet for support, inspiration, and education.
The Catholic mom bloggers make a conference like this possible. Because of their powerful role in ministering to Catholic moms, Tami Kiser, organizer of the CC4Moms, is hoping to help them. “After the conference is over, it will be available for sale. Not only will the affiliates be able to offer the conference at a discount price, but they will also make a profit on each conference that they sell. This money can go back into their ministries.”
But why would the conference be for sale? And why would anyone buy it? That’s easy. The conference can be used in a Mom’s group setting to help mom’s develop meaningful friendships and to support one another. Many of the speakers themselves during their presentations refer to the importance of developing these kinds of relationships with other moms. In fact, Susie Lloyd, award-winning author and speaker, does an entire presentation about Catholic friendship called, “Café Confidante-Why Women Need Girlfriends.” Blogging and Facebook may be helpful ways that moms connect, but nothing can replace a real, live meaningful relationship.
The conference will be bundled into a convenient package, including some bonuses like ebooks, podcasts, downloads, coupons, and discussions questions so that it can be used in a mom’s support group. This can be a parish support group with over 50 moms or for just 2 moms discussing it over a cup of tea.
The conference is free and will be online for those who have registered through the website, http://www.CatholicConference4Moms.com. The conference begins on Friday, March 6, the eve of the Feast of the Catholic mother martyrs Sts. Felicity and Perpetua and ends on Monday, March 9, the Feast of St. Francis of Rome. St Francis of Rome has this advice for mothers, “It is most laudable in a married woman to be devout, but she must never forget that she is a housewife. And sometimes she must leave God at the altar to find Him in her housekeeping” (Butler’s Lives of the Saints). The conference will be available to purchase afterwards at the website or at an affiliate Catholic mom’s blog or website.
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(Note: I’m one of the presenters at this online conference. I sent in a video presentation on “Responsible Parenthood or How I Came to Have Five Kids When the Doctors Told Us to Stop at Three.” As an affiliate blogger for this conference, I’ll also be giving out a coupon code to my blog readers to purchase the videos when they are available for sale.)
Register for the conference at this link: http://www.catholicconference4moms.com/register.html