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Oct. 20-21, 2023 • Catholic Women's Conference 

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Speaker Line-Up

Susanna Parent  lives in the Twin Cities with her husband and children. She is a graduate of Catholic Studies from the University of Saint Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota where she also earned her Master’s degree in Pastoral Ministry. After several years of working in Evangelization with the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, she now begins mornings brewing French press coffee, snuggling with her children on the couch to read,  while trying not to spill her coffee. 

The family just welcomed their third child, James Walter Parent, into the world on August 31, 2023. "He is such a joy and blessing!" says Susanna. 


When the sun sets, you’ll find her with friends enjoying a glass of wine, preferably outside underneath twinkly lights, or brainstorming her family’s next new adventure.


Susanna's published work can be found at:

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Dr. Rebecca Genuis was born and raised in Burlington, Ontario. She attended McMaster University where she obtained her medical degree. During this three year program, she was at a medical conference and heard a physician speak about his practice of Environmental Medicine. Intrigued, she visited Alberta to spend some elective time learning about this emerging field of medicine. While working in his clinic, Dr. Genuis was fascinated with seeing new scientific information being translated into

clinical practice to target the root causes of diseases. After two weeks, she had found a new side of medicine that she was certain she would incorporate into her future practice.

After completing medical school, she married an Albertan man and moved out west, where she began her family medicine residency through the University of Alberta. Dr. Genuis found that she enjoyed caring for women throughout their reproductive years while continuing to be fascinated by the field of functional medicine. Given the rising rates of numerous childhood illnesses, Dr. Genuis decided to begin her work in preconception care – helping women to prepare their bodies for pregnancy to help women have healthier pregnancies and healthier children.

Dr. Genuis has written for several medical journals on topics ranging from preconception care, nutrition and environmental health to medical ethics. She is a mother to 5 children and having seen the benefits of healthy living in her children, she is passionate about educating women to make healthy choices for themselves and their families.


Dr. Genuis also spoke with her husband at the Family Life Conference and they were a delightful change of pace with the tons of information they imparted on life in the political world and life in a Catholic Family. The takeaway from that conference is they are a family who know where and to whom their priorities belong. We are delighted she has accepted to speak at this conference where she will have more time to share her wealth of knowledge with us. 

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Amanda Marleau graduated from Loma Linda University in 2011 with a Masters of Science in Marital and Family Therapy and then obtained her Registration as a Psychologist. Previous education included a Bachelor of Science specializing in psychology from the University of Alberta.

Amanda has been counselling for over 10 years and loves working with couples, families, and individuals. "Everyone is journeying in life differently and I will meet you where you are.

I am passionate about my relationships with my family and friends."

Amanda grew up with 3 sisters, one being her identical twin. Her extended family includes two nieces and three nephews. She is very close with her mother and grandparents. "I became quite depressed when I was 9 years old and found that therapy really helped me. My Catholic faith plays an important role in my life."

The short list of Amanda's accomplishments are below. Check out her website below to find out so much more about this speaker.

Our Mass Celebrants

Fr. Frank Sharma was waiting to be a priest for his whole life. In 2017, Father Sharma left discernment of diocesan priesthood and entered as a postulant with the Canadian Carmelites in Mission, B.C. Father Sharma moved to the Mount Carmel Spirituality Centre in Edmonton in 2021 and he was ordained to the priesthood as a Carmelite priest on Sept. 3, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Basilica. Less than a year later, he has been named as the Director of the Mount Carmel Centre. Check out his talk at the Men of Integrity Conference 2023. 

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Fr. Jim Corrigan is the Archbishop's right hand man as the Vicar General of the Edmonton Archdiocese. He is also the Pastor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Sherwood Park. He was the main celebrant at the Men's Conference in the spring and was appreciated for his down-to-earth-style and sense of humour. Check out his powerful homily at this link.

"If Not You, Who?" Father Jim Corrigan Men of Integrity Conference 2023 - YouTube

Conference Location

Holy Trinity Parish
200 Boundary Road
Spruce Grove, AB


Holy Trinity Parish is located at 200 Boundary Road, North of Highway 16A (Stony Plain Road) in Spruce Grove. Boundary Road is the road in between Spruce Grove and Stony Plain, and is called “Veteran’s Blvd” south of 16A (which is what Google maps is currently referring to as the address.)

To find the Church, you simply need to get on Highway 16A and head West (from Spruce Grove) or East (from Stony Plain) and look for the Church in the field to the north between both communities.

Conference Schedule

This schedule is subject to change and will be updated as more information is available on the topics. Carry On Bravely!

Friday, October 20, 2023
5:30 pm    Registration Begins
6:30 pm    Praise & Worship
7:00 pm    MASS: Fr. Frank Sharma
7:45 pm    Talk 1: Susanna Parent: "A Path Made of Breadcrumbs"
A story of being called forth through taking one small step at a time and how St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and Saint Zelie Martin can teach us to find meaning and purpose in living the present moment well...even in the seemingly mundane, routine tasks of everyday life.
8:30 pm    Adoration/Confession

Saturday, October 21, 2023
7:00 am    Registration/Doors Open
8:00 am    MASS: Fr. Jim Corrigan
8:45 am    Light Breakfast
9:45 am    Talk 2: Dr. Rebecca Genuis
                  "Love Him and You Will Never Leave Him"

To learn from the example of St. Zelie, we need to Carry on Bravely until the end. Love is the secret to perseverance in the Christian life, so in this talk, Dr. Rebecca Genuis will encourage all of us to adopt a plan of life that will allow us to encounter and draw closer to Christ in order that we might not be caught without oil in our lamps when the bridegroom arrives. 

10:45 am   Break
11:00 am   Talk 3: Susanna Parent: "Hope Amidst Suffering"

Three stories of sacrifice and suffering and how the Blessed Mother wants to help us in our experience of being "pierced". How we can find hope even while enduring affliction and grappling with the unknown and what Mary teaches us through the sorrowful and joyful mysteries of the Rosary.
12:00 pm   Lunch
1:30 pm    Talk 4: Amanda Marleau: "Finding Balance in God's Love 

To align our will to God’s Will is a challenging task - Mary did it so well saying, “Let it be done, according to your Will.” In this talk, Amanda will discuss suffering and mental health challenges. She will talk about the need to balance basking in God’s merciful love with finding the courage to make changes and growing closer to Him. 

2:30 pm    Break
2:45 pm    Talk 5: Susanna Parent: "Throwing Light: Sanctifying The World as a Leaven Within"
The beauty of the priesthood, religious life, and the laity and how each vocation complements the other.
3:45 pm    Close        

Conference Prices and Details

Please register ASAP! Online Registration is preferred.

Early Bird
$50.00/Woman • $30.00/Student

Midnight September 30, 2023

$60.00/Woman • $40.00/Student


What is Included

Refreshments (Coffee, Tea, Water, Juice)

Snacks • Light Breakfast • Lunch
If you have dietary restrictions or allergies, please
feel free to bring your own food or step out to a
local restaurant.


Below we have included some options for hotels

in Spruce Grove and Stony Plain

with quick access to Holy Trinity Catholic Church.

A quick online search may provide other options as well.

Motel 6
 66 Boulder Blvd., Stony Plain, AB • 780.968.5123
Budget-Friendly Option

Stony Plain Inn & Suites

3301 - 43 Avenue, Stony Plain, AB • 780.963.0222


Travelodge by Wyndham, Stony Plain
74 Boulder Blvd., Stony Plain • 780.963.1161


Best Western Sunrise Inn & Suites

3101 - 43 Avenue, Stony Plain • 888.875.0719


Holiday Inn Express & Suites Spruce Grove-Stony Plain

201 Jennifer Neil Way, Spruce Grove • 780.571.1101
An IHG Hotel

Travelodge by WyndhamSpruce Grove
20 Nelson Drive, Spruce Grove • 780.962.6050

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