Women’s Leadership Breakfast
Thursday, March 5, 2020
6:45 – 8:30 A.M.
$25 per person
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2020
Keynote Speaker: Ms. Katie Gordon
Ms. Gordon's remarks will include how Foundresses can serve an inspiration and model of
sustainable activism for both ends of the “Nuns and Nones” spectrum.
About the Speaker
Katie Gordon is a seeker of connection and community.
Katie is a national organizer of Nuns & Nones, an alliance of spiritually diverse millennials, women religious, and key partners working to create a more just, equitable, and loving world. In this role, Katie helps build, support, and resource their growing network of collaborators—she is a veritable bridge-builder across traditions and generations.
She is committed to podcasts and radio as a tool for modeling and broadcasting meaningful conversation across difference and even creating a sense of connection and community among listeners. In 2018, Katie interned with the radio show and podcast On Being with Krista Tippett on their Civil Conversations Project. That same year she received the Mother Guerin Research Travel Grant from the Cushwa Center at the University of Notre Dame. The grant funds travel for her project entitled The Foundress, an oral history project that tells the stories of foundresses, or female founders, who established orders of women religious. The final product will be an audio series to be released as a podcast, that will share these stories of foundresses with a broader audience.
Additionally, she contributes to a variety of projects related to spiritual and social conversation, formation, and transformation. With the team behind the How We Gather reports, Katie supports the Formation Project, a spiritual formation container for the 21st century. With the Fetzer Institute, she is supporting a collaboration of retreat centers committed to both personal and social change.
During the summer of 2019, she lived with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie and worked with Monasteries of the Heart, their virtual monastery, as the 2019 Joan Chittister Intern. In that role she joined the staff in their work of making monastic wisdom available for contemporary seekers.
Katie holds a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School, a Master of Interfaith Action from Claremont Lincoln University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Political Science from Alma College.
6:45 A.M. - Doors Open and Breakfast Available
7:00 A.M. - Welcome and Opening Reflection
7:20 A.M. - Keynote Speaker: Katie Gordon
8:25 A.M. - Closing Blessing
About the Women's Leadership Breakfast
The Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes hosts the annual Women’s Leadership Breakfast, celebrating and honoring women leaders whose work and life choices have positively influenced both local and global communities. This event commissions and empowers women leaders and reminds all in attendance to embrace the grace of the spirit and continue leading in their communities, country and beyond; making the world a better place.
Each year since 2008, the breakfast has been held on the Thursday closest to March 6. This is the day we celebrate Mother Agnes Hazotte, one of the founders of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes. Mother Agnes was a woman of vision. She took many courageous initiatives in her life. She was the first elected General Superior of CSA, elected at the age of 17; she moved the congregation from Barton, WI to Fond du Lac, WI; and she began such institutions as St. Agnes Hospital. Mother Agnes led the congregation for 46 years, sending sisters to the “far corners” of the country, from Kansas to New York. Today, members continue to honor her example and determination by educating, healing, advocating, and transforming lives throughout the nation.
About the Beneficiary
Co-sponsored by the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes and an anonymous donor, the Marian University Working Families Grant Program provides tuition, along with stipends for rent, childcare, and food to economically disadvantaged single parents – a gift that will open doors to a brighter future for both parent and child. This proactive program helps low-income, single, head-of-household adults with children to meet the costs of full-time education, while also encouraging engagement in the community. All proceeds from the Women's Leadership Breakfast benefit the Working Families Grant Program.
Take a moment to learn more about the program by watching the video below or reading the testimonials of grant recipients.