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WATERTOWN, MA- CatholicTV will air the 2010 Boston Women’s conference which takes place on February 27th. The Conference will include talks by author Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle (a friend of Mother Teresa’s), Leah Darrow (featured on the reality show “America’s Next Top Model” before her conversion), Patti Mansfield (Charismatic Renewal pioneer) and Sister Olga Yaqob who has been called “The Mother Teresa of Baghdad”.
The conference will air on CatholicTV at 3PM on February 27th and again at noon on February 28th (Eastern Time). Coverage will include the talks and Mass with Cardinal Séan O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston.
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More information on the speakers:
Patti Gallagher Mansfield was a participant in the February 1967 "Duquesne Weekend" which marked the beginning of the Charismatic Renewal in the Catholic Church. From the earliest days of the Renewal, she has served as a leader through teaching, writing, and pastoral ministry. Patti’s testimony has been widely published and she has been a speaker at conferences and retreats for laity and priests in the United States and around the world. She is a frequent guest on Ralph Martin’s television program: The Choices We Face.
DONNA-MARIE COOPER O’BOYLE
Donna-Marie’s decade-long friendship with Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta led to a long correspondence and meetings around the world. Following in the footsteps of Blessed Teresa, Donna-Marie became a lay Missionary of Charity and founded a branch of the lay Missionaries of Charity. Today, Donna-Marie is passionate about encouraging others to follow in the footsteps of her blessed friend by caring for the poorest of the poor.
Not too long after college, Leah made her TV debut on Season 3 of the hit reality TV Show, America’s Next Top Model. Having modeled briefly before, Leah became swept away by the fashion industry and soon came to realize its dark depths and the suggestive nature of where her new career was trying to take her. Leah’s “prodigal daughter” experience happened in the abyss of New York City, in the midst of the madness, the craziness, and the lonely; she found her way back to Christ.
SISTER OLGA OF THE EUCHARIST
Sr. Olga Yaqob was born and raised in Iraq. When she was 13 years old, a war between her native Iraq and Iran began. The horrific conditions of that war that she witnessed shaped her decision to become a nun. With her great love and devotion to Jesus, Sr. Olga joined the order of The Missionaries of the Virgin Mary.
Sometime after becoming a nun in 1995, Sr. Olga received permission from the Assyrian Catholic Church to start her own order in Baghdad, where she was already leading a service-oriented religious outreach called Love Thy Neighbor. She is known as the "The Mother Teresa of Baghdad". Coming to the United States in 2001, she studied at Boston University and finished her Masters degree in Ministry and Spirituality at Boston College. She currently works full-time in campus ministry at Boston University and is a widely desired speaker and retreat leader.
Registration and ticket information regarding the Boston Catholic Women’s Conference may be found at www.CatholicBoston.com
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