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Praise and worship marks Women’s Conference


Sister Olga Yaqob, campus minister at Boston University receives the Catholic of the Year Award for a religious woman. Sister Olga was also a speaker at the conference. Pilot photo/ George Martell

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CHESTNUT HILL -- Speakers at the 3rd annual Boston Catholic Women’s Conference shared their struggles and trust in the Lord with a crowd of more than 2,800 Catholic women from all over New England. The conference, entitled “The Joy of the Lord is Our Strength,” was held at Boston College’s Conte Forum April 18 from 5-10 p.m.

The evening consisted of presentations by three female speakers, praise and worship music, adoration and confession.

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley was unable to attend the Women’s Conference but recorded a video message for participants. The cardinal said he was invited to a dinner with Pope Benedict XVI in New York City as part of the papal visit to the United States. Cardinal O’Malley assured the women that he would talk with the Holy Father about the Women’s Conference.

Opening prayer at Conte Forum was led by Sister Olga Yaqob, campus minister at Boston University. She prayed that God’s “beloved daughters” would seek his grace and strength in their lives.

Later that evening, Sister Olga was presented with the Catholic of the Year Award for a religious woman. As she approached the podium to receive her plaque, she knelt by a statue of Mary and kissed her feet.

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