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Event looks to tickle the soul

by Kara Hansen

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — We tickle babies’ feet and toddlers’ tummies.

But spirituality expert Sister Anne Bryan Smollin, CSJ, is inviting women of all ages to the Day of Boundless Joy, where she’ll teach them to “tickle” their soul.

The annual women’s event will be held Oct. 23 at Savior Pastoral Center in Kansas City, Kan. Sister Anne, an international speaker, therapist and consultant, will lead two sessions: one, entitled “Live, Laugh, and Be Blessed”; the other, “Tickle Your Soul.” Sister Anne is the executive director of the office of counseling for laity in Albany, N.Y., and has authored several books on spirituality.

“Sister Anne Bryan Smollin comes highly acclaimed nationally, and we have sought her out as a speaker for many years,” said Susan Carroll, a parishioner of St. Peter Cathedral in Kansas City, Kan., and co-founder of the Day of Boundless Joy event. “We are very lucky to have her.”

Carroll said Sister Anne’s message is one that is applicable to all women.

“I have several of her books and she will give a deep, faith-filled message. She has the ability to explore the sacred in the ordinary,” said Carroll.

Carroll is also on the roster of speakers, as is Vickie Broxterman, a member of St. Matthew Parish in Topeka, who brings her unique and humorous take on the spirituality of family life to the event each year.

The day will begin with a light breakfast at 8:30 a.m., followed by the program at 9 a.m. It will close at 4:30 p.m.

Mass will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. by Msgr. Tom Tank, pastor of the Church of the Ascension in Overland Park. Music and prayer will be woven throughout the day.

“We very seldom take time as women of the parish or archdiocese to be together spiritually and pray together,” said Carroll. “We are very lucky to have this day especially for women and [grateful] for the wonderful work by the family life office to put this day together, year after year.”

The cost for the day is $40, and lunch is included. Those 18 and under pay a reduced rate of $20. Limited scholarship funds are also available.

For more information or to register, contact the family life office at (913) 721-1570 or send an e-mail to: flifesec@archkck.org.

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