A former White House speechwriter for President George W. Bush will present the keynote address on “The New Feminism” at a daylong conference for women Feb. 10 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
“The new feminism acknowledges and celebrates the differences between men and women rather than denying them,” said Colleen Carroll Campbell, a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., and host of the EWTN show “Faith & Culture.”
She is also the author of “The New Faithful: Why Young Adults Are Embracing Christian Orthodoxy.”
The new feminism, she said, “is a powerful message articulated most prominently and compellingly in our day by the late Pope John Paul II.”
During the conference, Molly Druffner, a member of St. Michael in Stillwater, will perform “Julian of Norwich,” a one-woman show that tells the story of this 13th-century English mystic who survived war and the bubonic plague.
The day will begin with an 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, followed by a continental breakfast at 9:15 a.m.
In addtion to Campbell and Druffner, the conference will also feature Father Joseph Johnson, rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul, who will give a presentation on Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, “Deus Caritas Est” (“God is Love”).
Eight breakout sessions will target women of different audiences based on age and stage of life, said Megan Noll, a conference organizer.
There will also be an afternoon panel on “Women and Prayer.” The conference ends at 2:30 p.m. with a closing prayer.
The event is sponsored by the archdiocesan office for Family, Laity, Youth and Young Adults. The Catholic Spirit