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Catholic women, what makes or breaks a retreat or conference?

I’m just asking for . . . reasons. I’ve been to a lot of retreats and conferences and mom’s days out, and there are always some things I love, some things I don’t care about, and some things that should be chased away by an angel holding little, pink, pearl-handled revolver and a bottle of Febreze.

So imagine, if you will, a six- to eight-hour event for a group of maybe a hundred or so Catholic women. How would you like to spend your time? What would make you think, “Why did I just pay for this?” What’s something amazing that would turn an okayish event into something you would rave about? How much can you imagine paying for such an event?

Type of food, style of food service, prayers, group activities, talks, sacraments, music, vendors, type of venue, scheduled events, unscheduled time, amenities, giveaways, hammocks and cabana boys — I’d love to hear about anything and everything that would make a difference to you. Tell, tell!

(Photo is of my husband and Corrie at a women’s conference in Syracuse last fall. Pretty safe to say that their favorite part was when Mama finally got off the stage.)

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