Women of Grace® Event Details

The Catholic Family - Ogdensburg, New York

THE CATHOLIC FAMILY: God's Answer for our Time
The Catholic Family is a countercultural sign witnessing the love and light of Christ to the world.

This one-day event for families, men, women and teens is intended to help us be the salt and light in our communities. As we are strengthened in our own faith and learn how much we are loved by God, we in turn will become signs of hope, faith and love for those around us.

This powerful event is for everyone in the diocese! That means YOU! There will be sessions for adults as well as tracks for teenagers.

Schedule: Saturday, October 13
08:00am:  Registration and Gathering - Cathedral Vestibule

09:00am:  Welcome and Morning Prayer

09:15am:  Johnnette Benkovic Williams: It All Started in the Garden with a Man and a Woman, but it is all about Eve

10:30am:  Break

10:45am:  Sue Brinkman: A Catholic Family Survival Guide

11:45am:  Lunch (included)

01:00pm:  Tom Sullivan: The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

02:00pm:  Break

02:15pm:  Johnnette Benkovic Williams: The Catholic Family: Beacon of Hope in an Age of Confusion

03:30pm:  Break/preparation for Mass

04:00pm:  Mass with Bishop LaValley

05:00pm:  Adults: Free time for Dinner (not included: see restaurant guide)

Teens: Dinner in Brzana Hall followed by :

Boys Presentation by Tom Sullivan (in Dcn. Winters Chapel): Knighted by Christ, Ignited by the Holy Spirit

Girls Presentation by Sue Brinkman (in Brzana Hall): Unleashing the Feminine Genius within You

06:30pm:  Healing Rosary Service

08:00pm:  End of the evening.

Limited availability of overnight accommodations is available in Wadhams Hall as a cost of $50 per person including breakfast. Note: each room is furnished with 2 twin beds. See registration form to request rooms.

Our Presenters:

Johnnette Benkovic Williams:

Presentation 1:  It all Started in the Garden with a Man and a Women - But It Is All About Eve

Presentation 2:  The Catholic Family: Beacon of Hope in an Age of Confusion

Thomas K. Sullivan:

Presentation - General Audience:  The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare

Evening Presentation for Teenage Boys:  Knighted by Christ: Ignited by the Holy Spirit.

Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S.

Presentation General Audience:  A Catholic Family Survival Guide

Evening Presentation for Teenage Girls:  Unleashing the Genius Within You


In addition to the main event, there is an optional opportunity for women!

What’s Happening: A Women of Grace® Celebration of Sacred Sisterhood: An Evening with Johnnette Benkovic Williams

Who is invited: Women of Grace® and Young Women of Grace® Study Facilitators and Study Participants, past and present. (Bring a friend who wants to learn more about Women of Grace!)

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018 6-8 PM ET

Where: Sherman Inn 615 Franklin St. Ogdensburg, NY 13669 Cost: Freewill offering at door

RSVP: mdillenback@womenofgrace.com

Event Date/Time(s)

START: Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 AM US/Eastern
END: Saturday, October 13 at 8:00 PM US/Eastern

Event Information

St. Mary's Cathedral
415 Hamilton Street
Ogdensburg, NY 13669

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Event Speakers

  • Johnnette Benkovic Williams

    Johnnette Benkovic Williams is Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more.

    After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on EWTN Catholic radio and EWTN Catholic television for over 30 years.
  • Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

    Susan Brinkmann, O.C.D.S., is an author and award-winning journalist who is a member of the Third Order of Discalced Carmelites. She serves as the Director of Communications and New Age Research for Women of Grace® and is a frequent guest on EWTN's Women of Grace® television show. Susan formerly worked as a Correspondent for the Catholic Standard & Times, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. For the last 10 years she has been the lead researcher for Women of Grace’s New Age Q&A Blog which is the largest blog of its kind in the world. The library of information now exceeds 1200 entries on everything from acupuncture and angels to wicca and yoga. She has also authored eleven books, including the Learn to Discern Compendium: Is it Christian or New Age, and her latest book, Day by Day in the Little Way: 365 reflections on the Teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux.  Along with Johnnette Williams, she co-authored the Young Women of Grace Study Program which teaches girls ages 13+ about what it means to be authentically feminine. The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness, was published by Avila Institute, and her Like a Catholic series, which has imprimaturs from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, was published by the Catholic Life Institute Press. Her national journalism awards include the Bernadine-O'Connor Award for Pro-Life Journalism, the Eileen Egan Journalism Award from Catholic Relief Services, and numerous awards from the Catholic Press Association and the Philadelphia Press Association.

  • Thomas K Sullivan

    At the young age of 17, Thomas K Sullivan began a career serving in the United States Military (US Navy and Coast Guard). During his 12 years of service, Tom spent 5 of those years as a Company Commander in the US Navy, training young men and women in the ways of military life, and was awarded the designation as a "Master Training Specialist". Little did he know God was preparing him for a training field much bigger than he could imagine.

    At the age of 30, Tom returned to the Catholic Faith and found his true mission in life. Using the same determination, skills and abilities that made him a successful and highly decorated military leader, Tom has spent the past 26 years in Catholic education, apologetics and evangelization.

    In 1992 following a disabling injury which brought his military career to an end, Tom began working with St, Joseph Communications in California. During this time, he developed evangelization and educational materials for both national an international audiences. Tom also conceived and developed the Scott and Kimberly Hahn Adult Education on Video program now in thousands of homes and parishes. Tom is a founding member of the National Catholic Family Conference held each year in California and was the 1996 recipient of the annual Fulton J. Sheen award for his work in evangelization.

    In 1998, Tom formed a youth outreach organization featuring the Catholic Rock Music group, Sons of Thunder Outreach. The group went on to record a highly requested CD "Fatherland", a Catholic rock music CD with lyrics telling the story of salvation history, conversion, the sacraments and more.

    In 2001, Tom joined the staff of Living His Life Abundantly International. He serves as the Director of Operations, Director of Information Technology and Network Administrator as well as Senior radio engineer.

    Tom is also the producer of the daily Television program "Women of Grace" on the EWTN Global Catholic Television Network.

    In addition, Tom has extensive experience teaching parish adult education and youth confirmation preparation. He speaks at conferences and events, nationally and internationally, on the many topics concerning the Catholic Faith.

    Tom is the author of the book "Called to Knighthood: The Sacrament of Confirmation in the Kingdom Family of God" published by Simon Peter Press and co-author with Johnnette Benkovic of the book "The Rosary: Your Weapon for Spiritual Warfare" published by Servant Press.

    He has been a radio guest on The Abundant Life, Women of Grace LIVE, Faith and Family Radio programs, as well as Seize the Day with Gus Lloyd on Sirius Satellite radio.

    He has also been a television guest on EWTN's Life on the Rock, Bookmark with Doug Keck, The Abundant Life, and over a dozen Women of Grace television programs.

    ?Tom is the creator and designer of the one-of-a-kind Warrior's Rosary that has been distributed all over the world since 2014.

    He is currently working on an expanded book on the Sacrament of Confirmation titled “Warriors for the Kingdom.” He continues to spend much of his free time speaking about the Kingdom of God, the Rosary, and the importance of the sacraments and their relationship to Spiritual Warfare here on the battlefield of life!

    Tom is a devoted husband to his wife Carol and father of six children; Jeffrey, Tommy, Maria, Michael, Joshua and Gabriel. He is also the proud Grandfather of his 15 grandchildren (currently).