Upcoming Maryland Catholic Women’s Conference

Theme: Made for JOY!

Featuring keynote addresses by Kelly Wahlquist, author, speaker and founder of WINE: Women in the New Evangelization; and Religious Sisters of Life
Also featuring breakout sessions by local speakers Jeanne Link, founder of the Maryland Catholic Women’s Conference, Dr. Heidi Schreiber-Pan and Annie McHugh

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This feast commemorates both the dedication of the basilica built by Constantine for the Holy Sepulcher, and also the return of the True Cross to Jerusalem by Emperor Heraclius of Judea during the seventh century. After Heraclius had recovered it by force from King Chosroes of Persia, he tried to carry it along the Via Dolorosa to Calvary, but was unable to make any headway. Bishop Zachary of Jerusalem, pointing to his luxurious clothing, said, “Attired in these rich robes, you are far from imitating the poverty of Jesus Christ and His humility in bearing His Cross.” The Emperor caught the hint–and went on to Calvary barefooted and wearing a simple cloak, carried the holy Cross to the Basilica on Calvary [A.D. 629].