Women’s Event Offers Timely Message

March 8, 2017


ARLINGTON, Va.  – Saturday, March 11, the Catholic Diocese of Arlington will hold a Women’s Conference at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Herndon.  More than 700 women are expected to attend, and there is a waiting list.  

The theme of the conference is, Breaking Free Through Forgiveness.  “When we insist on holding on to past hurts and sorrows, we are never free… Freedom comes when we acknowledge the wrong and let go of the hatred,” says Thérèse Bermpohl, Director of the Office for Family Life which is a co-sponsor of the event.

Author and Survivor of the Rwandan Genocide, Immaculée Illibagiza, is the featured speaker.   Bermpohl says Illibagiza’s message of forgiveness is timely in a world deeply in need of charity and healing.  “She reminds us that hatred and violence can only be wiped out through forgiveness and love,” says Bermpohl.


Here are the details:


When:                                 Saturday, March 11
                                             9:00 am-2:30 pm

Where:                               St. Joseph Catholic Church
                                            750 Peachtree Street
                                            Herndon, Va.


Featured Speaker:            Immaculée Illibagiza, Author and survivor of the Rwandan Genocide

Q&A Session:                     Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Arlington. Bishop will also celebrate Mass at the event.




The Diocese of Arlington is home to more than 600,000 Catholics living in 21 counties and seven cities in central and northern Virginia. Parishioners live out their faith at 69 parishes and five missions, and 17,600 students attend 44 Catholic elementary and high schools.