Saturday, March 17, 2012

The Best Thing About the Behold Conference ... Part 1

to me, was the adoration chapel, set up by several beautiful volunteers at the Behold Conference.   The chapel was a peaceful oasis in the bustle of a truly wonderful day.  Time spent there was precious to me, and to many women who were at Behold. 

But there were so many other great things from the Behold weekend.  The other night, I gathered with other volunteer Behold directors to go over the evaluation forms.  We found that many women listed "more time" for all the things there were to do at Behold--adoration, confession, talks, great food, vendors, meeting people.

Allow me share some other favorites from the Behold weekend:

My role this year with Behold (in previous years I was just a driver), was to organize the "Meet the Bloggers" part of the conference.  "Team Blogger" as the five volunteers in this area called ourselves, put together a great slate of bloggers and guests to attend a "Blogger Summit" the Friday night before the conference to discuss Catholic women and new media.  It was a great discussion with lots of input from so many voices.  Here are a few photos from the blogger summit and a Behold volunteer/special guest reception afterwards (my phone, unfortunately, only sporadically taking decent photos).  I'm going to have to save the photos of the Behold day for another post:

The Sisters of Life (and teenager Molly, their driver, who was a great young voice at the summit).

Behold Executive Director Rose Rudolph addressing the summit.
Blogger Sister Helena Burns getting a big laugh as she filmed the room during the blogger summit.  The very funny video of that can be found here.

Bloggers Sarah Reinhard, Cat Hodge, and Elizabeth Duffy

Blogger Mary Hasson with yours truly.

Two lovely blogger ladies--Hallie Lord and Bonnie Engstrom meeting in person for the first time!
Singer Marie Miller with a group of her younger superfans (as opposed to me, more mature superfan!)
Blogger Emily Stimpson meeting fellow blogger (and "Team Blogger" member) Marcia.
Blogger Jen Fulwiler and local blogger Jamie getting to meet again.
Team Blogger member Linda with blogger Sister Helena Burns
Blogger Arwen Mosher brought her sweet 10-month-old twin boys (and had help all weekend from a great friend, here in green).

More photos to come!

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