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2018 Women's Conference Coverage

Slain journalist’s mother urges moral courage at Women’s Conference

By Zoey Maraist | Catholic Herald Staff Writer


After the brutal and public murder of her son, journalist  James Foley, Diane Foley was tempted to bitterness. But instead she clung to God, something she encouraged all women to do, no matter their cross, when she spoke at the annual Women’s Conference, “From Darkness into Light.” More than 700 women attended the conference sponsored by the Office of Marriage, Family and Respect Life and held at St. Joseph Church in Herndon March 10.  

The women attended morning Mass with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. In his homily, he spoke about the importance of humility, as seen in the wonderful example of the tax collectors as well as Mary and Christ.

“Humility reminds us that in the end, the only thing that truly matters is that we’re found pleasing in the sight of God,” he said.  “May we with all humility say, ‘Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner.’ And may we go forth in intimation of Jesus, and wash the feet of one another.”


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