What leaders are saying about GIVEN:

“The Christian faith begins with the story of two women — the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Elizabeth. They were the first to say “yes” to God’s plan for Jesus. And it was a woman, St. Mary Magdalene, who was the first to proclaim Christ risen from the dead. Women are at the heart of God’s loving plan for our lives and our world. That is why the mission of GIVEN is so vitally important. In raising up young women and forming them to be leaders in the Church, GIVEN is preparing a new generation to follow in the footsteps of all those heroic and holy women who have inspired and guided the Church down through the centuries.”

Most Reverend Jose H. Goméz Archbishop of Los Angeles

“We may be living in the 21st century, but that doesn’t mean we’ve figured out all that’s possible when it comes to Catholic women giving their gifts to family, friends, work, community, and Church.  GIVEN will show us a thousand new ways and more.

Helen Alvaré
Professor of Law, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University

“GIVEN was and is a significant response on the part of the Church to encourage, inspire and mentor young women at a crucial moment in their lives. The GIVEN Forum provides these women with an opportunity to receive from the stores of the wisdom and experience of lay and women religious leaders, and to form community with each other. We want each of them to know they are loved, noticed and necessary.”

Mother Agnes Mary Donovan, SV
Superior General of the Sisters of Life

“I was blessed to speak at the GIVEN leadership training conference for young women, held in Washington, D.C. It was inspiring to meet so many vibrant young women, brimming with talent and love for the Lord. More than an opportunity for “networking” and “mentoring” (although GIVEN provided opportunities for both), the GIVEN experience drew together an impressive lineup of both speakers and attendees. It created a spiritual ‘updraft’ for all, and promises to bear great fruit for the Church. Take heart – good things are happening in the Church! God is at work!”

Mary Rice Hasson
Director of Catholic Women’s Forum

“The Archdiocese of Miami has participated in both GIVEN conferences, with both participants and mentors, and without exception the experiences of the participants have been rich and profound. Through their experiences at GIVEN, young women from the Archdiocese of Miami have been equipped and inspired to share their unique gifts for the good of the local Church.

Most Reverend Thomas G. Wenski
Archbishop of Miami