The GIVEN Institute provides ongoing formation to members of the GIVEN Network through online content and regional events.

Regional GIVEN Gatherings are hosted to continue to connect Catholic women, to provide faith formation and leadership training, and to encourage participants to take action and use their gifts for the good of their local communities.

Interested in bringing a GIVEN Gathering to your area or volunteering with GIVEN?
Please contact us!

We hope you can join us for these events!

Upcoming Network Events

Our Lady of Guadalupe Parties

Your Town!

The GIVEN Institute is under the patronage of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and we are launching very special GIVEN Gatherings around the country on her feast day this year! December 12, 2020 is a Saturday, and we invite you to connect with your local GIVEN Network of Catholic female leaders at an Our Lady of Guadalupe party.

RSVP or Host a Party!

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena

Join the GIVEN Network as we pray a novena leading up to Our Lady of Guadalupe’s feast day! We’ll be hosting religious sister takeovers on our Instagram and YouTube, or check the webpage below each day of the novena!

Our Lady of Guadalupe Novena

Meet & Greet Night

Kansas City GIVEN Gathering

Lenexa, KS

KC GIVEN Gathering has been postponed to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Stay tuned for a new date!

This event will be an incredible day to celebrate who we are as women, to grow in a deeper understanding of what it means to be a Catholic woman, and to discover how each of us can use our unique feminine gifts to grow deeper in relationship with Christ, build community with others, and to live fulfilling lives.

Listen to Archbishop Naumann interview organizer Brooke Choquette about GIVEN KC here.

DC-VA-MD GIVEN Gathering

Catonsville, MD

Check back for information on a GIVEN Gathering at Mount de Sales Academy with the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia and Franciscan Sisters, TOR.

Past GIVEN Gatherings

FATIMA Movie Night

August 3, 2020
Baltimore, MD

2020 is a year unlike anyone of us would have expected.  Life has been difficult for all of us, and it’s important to remind ourselves where we find our hope amidst adversity.

So we organized a special “socially distanced” premiere of Fatima movie at a drive-in theater near Baltimore, Maryland.  Shortly after announcing the special event on our website, the RSVPs came in and we had ourselves a sold-out event!  It was a joy to see your smiling faces tucked behind those masks.

Rus VanWestervelt wrote an article in Catholic Review sharing the highlights of the night. Click here to read it.

Click here to see photos from the event!

Discover the Gift

June 10-14, 2020

Discover the Gift was a “taste of GIVEN” offering keynote speakers, leadership training, prayer with religious sister communities, and online networking. While this online event took place due to the global pandemic, great opportunities unfolded as a result. Approximately 2,000 women across the globe including GIVEN Alumnae and more than 50 religious sisters from 26 communities had the chance to become part of the GIVEN Network and personally receive the gift that they are, realize the gifts they have been given, and respond with the gift only they can give.
In addition to inspiring keynote talks on GIVEN’s themes (available here on YouTube), Discover the Gift also offered leadership training in English and Spanish from a diverse group of Catholic female leaders. These short videos offered practical advice about ministry, discernment, public speaking, and Christian identity, to name a few!

Discover the Gift included real-time opening and closing programs, live streamed from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. It also connected attendees with religious orders across the country through live-streamed daily morning prayer, prayer at the hour of mercy, and compline.
The Discover the Gift program was further enriched by an interactive online event guide, music in Spanish and English from women in the GIVEN Network, and daily guided Visio Divina prayer from Behold, a GIVEN-Alumna-founded ministry. These elements made Discover the Gift a truly immersive experience while maintaining the flexibility and longevity of online content.

Click here to learn more about Discover the Gift

A Renewed Hope Conference

May 16-18, 2020

Rachel Harkins Ullmann will speak at the Smart Catholics A Renewed Hope online conference, giving the talk “Discover the Gift only YOU can Give, Because of the Gift that YOU Are.”

Discover the gift only YOU can give! Catholic women often feel trapped in a certain mold or concept of “vocation”. In honor of the Pope St. John Paul II’s 100th birthday on May 18th, let’s dive into the truth of the dignity and vocation of women at all stages and seasons of life. The complementarity of lay and religious women is critical to the life of the Church and to the overall happiness of women! Come discover the gift only YOU can give, because of the gift that YOU are!

Register Here

Women in the Church Panel

May 1, 2020
Washington, DC 

Executive Director Rachel Harkins Ullmann, GIVEN board member Therese Bermpohl, and former board member Kim Daniels spoke to the sophomore girls at Georgetown Visitation Prep on the topics of  feminine genius, relationship to authority, personal devotion, and vocational calling. The panel was part of the sophomore final project about women in the history of the Church with Pope St. John Paul II’s feminine genius writings as a backdrop.

Catholic Family Conference

May 2, 2020

Executive Director Rachel Harkins Ullmann spoke about GIVEN from the vendor hall during the Catholic Family Conference. Watch the video on our Press page.

Exploring Catholicism

February 10, 2020
Tuscaloosa, AL

Rachel Ullmann gave a talk at 7:00pm to Catholic women on the University of Alabama campus. Hosted by Bama Catholic

March for Life GIVEN Gathering

January 24, 2020
Washington, DC

A gathering of GIVEN staff members, alumnae, and friends at the Dubliner in Washington DC after the 2020 March for Life!

FOCUS Women on Mission GIVEN Gatherings

December 31, 2019 & January 1, 2020
Phoenix, AZ

The GIVEN Institute sponsored the Women on Mission Breakfast and Cocktail Hour at the SLS20 FOCUS Conference.

DC GIVEN Gathering

December 7, 2019
Kensington, MD

Listen to the recording of the panel discussion speakers, Dr. Myma Albayda, Sr. Maria Mater Sanguinis Pretiosi, SSVM, and Jennifer Gross, from the DC GIVEN Gathering, here!

Slide “GIVEN helped me to reexamine what I always felt was a tension between the vocation of a wife and mother with professional aspirations. It helped me to understand better the many fruitful ways that women live out their vocations in an integrated way.” Motherhood