ST VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
The Diocese of Kingstown’s third annual women’s conference, May 6 was a journey to healing women so that they can be better prepared to actively serve in ministry in the Church.
Approximately 100 women of all ages participated for a day of anointed worship, ministry and fellowship at the Catholic Pastoral Centre. The event was hosted by the Diocesan Family and Life Commission under the theme I looked for the one my heart loves (Song of Songs 3:1).
A release from the diocese, May 8 said participants were treated to stimulating teachings and powerful presentations by feature speaker Deborah de Rosia, and testimonies from women about their journey to healing.
De Rosia, founder of the Charismatic Lay Association and Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese of Port of Spain reinforced to women that healing was a journey and Jesus longs to offer freedom from wounds of the past which prevent them from having an abundant life.
She assured those in attendance that “deep and lasting healing could be found, but only through Jesus Christ” and reminded them that they were chosen children of God. De Rosia stressed that Jesus did not blame the hurting, drawing strong parallels to biblical healing stories including the famous story of the “woman at the well”. She emphasised also the healing power of forgiven sin.
At the conference Msgr Michael Stewart spoke about the need to commit to Eucharistic Adoration, and referred to his own personal experiences. Bishop Gerard County presided at the closing Mass.