Our diverse collection of speakers will bring your faith-life and your friendships to a more meaningful level.

Remember: In addition to our keynote speakers, you can choose 3 breakout speakers!

Keynote Speakers

Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have worked in women’s ministry together most of their adult lives and currently both serve on the board of directors of the Columbus Catholic Women’s Conference, which is the largest women’s conference in the United States. They are the co-authors of the award winning books Divine Mercy for Moms and The Friendship Project.

Michele and Emily have spoken at women’s events across the country, are regular guests on Catholic radio and have been featured on EWTN.   They both write for various publications and contribute to Catholicmom.com

Michele and Emily both live in Columbus Ohio with their families. Michele works as a school nurse at St. Andrew School in Upper Arlington and is the mother of 4, and Emily is the mother of 7.

I'm not bad, I'm just busy! by Leigh Gray

Does it ever seem to you that many of your bad decisions are not so much from deliberate sin, but just because we have a divided heart?  A life that is so busy your heart can hardly keep up.

Leigh Gray lives in Carmi, Illinois just a short distance from Newburgh.  She is the co-owner of DoOver Decor, based on 2 Cor. 5:17. "All things made new," a clothing boutique that also repurposes and repaints furniture and home decor. Leigh has been married for 24 years and has 4 kids ages 20, 18, 17, 15.  Life is crazy and hard, but so worth bringing Him glory!

The Feminine Genius by Fr. Tyler Tenbarge

In the middle of a widespread push for a 'feminist agenda,' there remains a need to get our understanding of 'feminine' correct. Come for a conversation about the biology, psychology, and spirituality illuminating the genius of God's design for women.

Fr. Tyler Tenbarge served his first year as Associate Pastor of St. John the Baptist in Newburgh before spending a year studying Canon Law in Rome. Today, Fr. Tyler directs a house of discernment among other priestly duties in the Diocese of Evansville.

Tips for a Successful Marriage by Beckie and Gene Schadler

This talk will discuss the vocation of marriage and what elements constitute a successful marriage. We will share research and our experiences as it relates to fostering a healthy relationship in today's world.

Gene and Beckie have been married for 25 years and have four children ages 22, 21, 19, and 15. Gene is a LCSW specializing in mental health for the past 26 years. He is founding partner at Integrity Psychological and Counseling Associates and the current Superintendent at Evansville State Hospital. Beckie is a full time wife, mother, and part time Family Nurse Practitioner for Deaconess. Trying to keep Christ as the center of their relationship, together Gene and Beckie have learned to balance their marriage, children and careers.

Yoga for the Soul, A Prayerful Practice by Barb Butler

A Christian alternative to yoga, this gentle class is centered around scripture, prayer,  meditation and Christian music. Barb will discuss how God led her to develop this spiritual class.

As a certified yoga instructor Barb teaches cancer, osteoporosis, gentle, power and restorative yoga. God has been guiding her for over a year to develop this type of spiritual practice.

Mary, our Heavenly Friend! by Sr. Anastasia Reeves

We all want to be a good friend to others. This workshop will examine how friendship with the Blessed Mother can help us be our best selves.

Sr. Anastasia is a high school mathematics and religion teacher who originally hails from Australia. Prior to joining the Dominican Sisters, she was an engineer and also served the Church running retreats for teens and young adults through NET Ministries and other volunteer agencies. She enjoys sharing her own life experience of following Christ in the ordinary circumstances of life.

The Sacraments - Intimacy with the One who Loves You by Fr. Chris Forler

This session will discuss how the sacraments are real encounters with Christ and how they can impact our lives - bringing us joy and intimacy with Him and others.

Fr. Chris was born in 1978 in Spencer County. He worked as a mechanical engineer before beginning his studies for the priesthood at Mundelein Seminary in Chicago, Illinois. Fr. Chris was ordained in 2008 and has served at Holy Redeemer, Christ the King (now Annunciation), St. Bernard, and St. Martin. He is currently the pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Daylight.

Living in the Present Moment through Mindfulness and Self Compassion by Kathy Elpers

This presentation focuses on the concept of self-care and its importance for balance in one’s personal and professional well-being. When we feel depleted, stressed out, depressed, anxious and self-critical, we are not able to be present with those around us.  Mindfulness and self-compassion practices can be useful tool in our self-care and overall well-being.

Dr. Kathy Elpers, MSW, Ed.D, LCSW, LMFT, ACSW, is currently a professor of Social Work at the University of Southern Indiana, in Evansville, IN.  She completed her MSW from Rutgers University and her doctorate from Spalding University. Dr. Elpers has over 17 years of clinical experience and 31 years of teaching. Her research interests are in the area of older adults and family caregiving, leadership and mindfulness. Kathy serves as Chair for the state NASW ethics committee and serves on the national NASW ethics committee.