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Women’s conference features dynamic duo

by Joe Bollig

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Two dynamic speakers will give presentations at the third annual “Living in Truth 2017” — Kansas City Catholic Women’s Conference.

The conference, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on April 22, will be held at the Church of the Ascension, 9510 W. 127th St., Overland Park.

“We’re getting women together to celebrate our faith and — as St. Pope John Paul II spoke of — the ‘feminine genius,’” said Linda Spencer, one of the conference organizers. “This conference is for women who want to learn and grow in their Catholic faith. Women are very important in building a better society and culture.”

The half-day event will begin with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, followed by a continental breakfast. Next will be presentations by Sue Ellen Browder and Jennifer Roback Morse.

Browder, who worked on the staff of Cosmopolitan magazine in the 1970s, will talk about her roles as a participant and witness to the debasement of American culture.

In her book, “Subverted: How I Helped the Sexual Revolution Hijack the Women’s Movement,” Browder chronicles the lies and deceptions that Cosmopolitan editor-in-chief Helen Gurley Brown and others used to promote abortion, artificial contraception, marital infidelity and many other immoralities.

Browder will also talk about how Christ’s forgiveness, received through the sacrament of reconciliation, helped her find healing and peace.

Morse will speak about how women can change the culture for their children and grandchildren. Morse is founder of the Ruth Institute, a global nonprofit organization focused on helping the family and protecting the rights of children.

Morse has authored or co-authored four books, the latest of which is “The Sexual Revolution and Its Victims.” She earned her doctorate at the University of Rochester and taught economics at Yale and George Mason universities.

The cost to attend is $25 for early registration, and $30 at the door. To register, go to the website at:

About the author

Joe Bollig

Joe has been with The Leaven since 1993. He has a bachelor’s degree in communications and a master’s degree in journalism. Before entering print journalism he worked in commercial radio. He has worked for the St. Joseph (Mo.) News-Press and Sun Publications in Overland Park. During his journalistic career he has covered beats including police, fire, business, features, general assignment and religion. While at The Leaven he has been a writer, photographer and videographer. He has won or shared several Catholic Press Association awards, as well as Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara awards for mission coverage. He graduated with a certification in catechesis from a two-year distance learning program offered by the Maryvale Institute for Catechesis, Theology, Philosophy and Religious Education at Old Oscott, Great Barr, in Birmingham, England.

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