The New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is holding its 59th annual convention April 28 at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Redwood Falls.

The theme for the convention is “Believe in me and do my works.”

The event is scheduled to begin with registration at 7 p.m. A continental breakfast is being served, and those attending may also check out the silent auction items at that time.

The general assembly is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m.

The first speaker of the days is Nancy Jo Sullivan, who is scheduled to speak at 9 a.m. Sullivan was born and raised in Minnesota.

She is the mom of three grown-up girls and has a brand new son-in-law. Her address will focus on raising a child with Down syndrome. Sullivan’s oldest daughter, Sarah, was born with Down syndrome, and after a brief stay on Earth now resides in heaven.

During her 23 years, Sarah imparted lessons of faith that continue to impact the lives of her family. Sullivan is an author and speaker.

As a writer, Sullivan considers writing both an art and a vocation, and she is grateful for both. She writes in a language that is accessible to all denominations and regularly speaks at Christian conferences and retreats and serves as a presenter at grief coalitions throughout the Minneapolis area.

A Mass will follow Sullivan’s presentation starting at 10:45 a.m.

Following lunch, at 1:30 p.m. Mary Kay Stebbins is scheduled to speak. Stebbins is from the Washington, D.C. area and has resided in Sioux Falls, S.D. since 2010.

She is the founder of “Look for the Blessings Ministry.”

Her credentials are long and her life experiences include an abusive first marriage and a miracle healing from an illness. She has led retreats, such as Youth Encounter Christ and College Encounter With Christ. Praying with and encouraging others in knowing just how big God is is Stebbins’ passion.

She and her husband, Mike, are the parents of five children ages 17-30.

She will be speaking on the topic “Are Catholics Christian?”

The event will conclude at approximately 3 p.m.

The convention will also include the presentation of the New Ulm Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Woman of the Year. Exhibits and displays will also be available.

Those who plan to attend are encouraged to register by April 11. Call the St. Catherine’s parish office at (507) 644-2278.

All women ages 18 and older are welcome.

The fee to attend is $30 before April 10 and $35 after that date.

Photo courtesy of the Diocese of New Ulm