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2010 Western Regional Conference

Conference LogoWe are taking this opportunity to address all you who worked so hard to make the Western Regional Conference a success. We have been receiving kudos for having led the organization of the Conference. In reality, we are humbled by the gratitude bestowed on us and feel that you all were the key to the success of the Conference. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the team effort that led to the Conference success.

DVDs of the conference are now available! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order. DVDs are available of the keynote address of John Dear SJ and Janice McLaughlin MM and of the Panel Dialogue and the Seven Jewish Children. A single DVD is $7. Each additional DVD in one order is $2. The set of 4 DVDs is $12. 

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We especially want to thank the LA team for injecting prayerful optimism and fun (how much we enjoyed the Saturday night entertainment!). The liturgy led by Sister Kathryn was outstanding and we loved receiving the southwestern style cross so like Maryknoll's mission cross and ceremony. Thanks Veronica! And of course, LA9;s handling the check in and registration confirmation without any screw ups was outstanding. MIL GRACIAS!

Without any doubt. Conference site arrangements and pre-conference preps could not have happened without major glitches but for the adept handling of finances, smooth talking of Pat Reilly and support from wife Karen. Kudos to them! Congrats to Erin and Spencer for managing to corner Fr. John Dear who offered conferees an amazing presentation. Sr. Ramona deserves much gratitude for initiating the offer of keynote speaker to Sr. Janice who amazed us all with her life's experience and humble presentation.

John Dear and Spencer Rickwa

Spencer Rickwa presenting gift to John Dear SJ

Janice McLaughlin

Sister Janice McLaughlin MM

Last but not least, we offer our deepest gratitude to Joe and Peggy Santos. As one participant evaluator stated, "5+to Joe Santos! His jokes encouraged everyone to hurry to their seats so they could hear him". He handled the smooth running and timing of activities so that no one complained of confusion.

LA Chapter Skit

All of you whom we are addressing without naming specifically were so key and we thank you most especially.

In Jesus, Peace,

Charlie and Marta Reilly


#1 Fred Goddard 2010-08-03 18:19
Hi Charlie and Marta,

Thank you and all your volunteers for all the planning and organizing of the inspiring conference. John Dear and Janice McLaughlin were excellent keynote speakers, encouraging us to become peace builders.The breakout sessions challenged me to listen and consider other viewpoints.

Such beautiful university grounds and buildings provided a peaceful setting for our conference. Accommodations and meals were good. Visiting with other Affiliates is always enriching. The Saturday evening reception/enter tainment was enjoyable.

Thanks again to you and all your volunteers.


Pat Bader
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