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Tucson Sisters join others for Catholic conference

Tucson Sisters join others for Catholic conference - (08-04-2015)

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PHOTO: Benedictine Sister Hope Rodenborn, OSB gets ready to greet attendees to the Congregation's booth of monastery creations as part of the Co-Workers in the Lord's Vineyard conference in Tucson, Arizona.

The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration joined 2,000 fellow Catholics for the second annual Co-Workers in the Lord’s Vineyard, a three-day conference sponsored by the Diocese of Tucson (Arizona) in March at the Tucson Convention Center.

Following the theme of “We Are a People of Faith, Hope and Charity,”  the conference’s mission was to broaden the faith of all Catholics in the Diocese of Tucson and to give opportunities to be inspired by others. It offered dozens of workshops in both English and Spanish and an exhibition featuring vendors and artwork crafted by members of the diocese.

Scheduled keynote speakers were Tucson Bishop Gerald Kicanas, the Rev. Robert Barron, founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries, and Carolyn Woo, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services. Also offering insights were Bishop Sigifredo Noriega Barceló from the Diocese of Zacatecas and the Rev. Alfonso Garcia of the Archdiocese of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, OSB, vocation director for the Benedictine Sisters’ Tucson monastery, was invited to join the panel group, “Who Are They?” which was conducted in Spanish. The panel offered Sister Maria Victoria the opportunity to share about the Benedictine Sisters’ community and their way of monastic life.

“It was a delight to be a part of this conference,” Sister Maria Victoria said. “We met so many interesting people from our diocese.”

In addition, Sister Hope Rodenborn, OSB and Sister Patricia Vereb, OSB presented booths that featured the Sisters’ handcrafted products.