A dialogue among lesbian sisters, congregational leaders, and vocation & formation ministers

Conference Theme Description

Today “sexuality” means anything and everything: identity; orientation; the way we organize love, desire, and affection; even our whole way of being in the world as embodied spirit. We are part of a Church still struggling with how to connect all these fluid, evolving meanings. We come from a religious past with a narrow vision of binary sexes created for the purpose of procreation, in which a limited degree of male sexual desire is sanctioned and women’s experiences are considered irrelevant.

Dates and Location

Friday-Sunday, November 16-18, 2018, 5637 Erie Street, Siena Center, Racine, WI

Conference Details

Conference weekend begins Friday, November 16 at 5:30 p.m. and continues through Sunday, November 18 at 1:00 p.m. Conference includes materials, overnight accommodations on Friday and Saturday, meals from Friday supper through Sunday lunch, and snacks.

A pre-conference retreat day for lesbian sisters is Friday, November 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This retreat day is an open and safe space for lesbian sisters to listen, share, and pray. Includes arrival and overnight Thursday evening, November 15, and Friday breakfast and lunch.

Conference Only: $189 if postmarked by May 31, 2018; $219 after May 31, 2018

Retreat & Conference: $279 if postmarked by May 31, 2018; $309 after May 31, 2018

Air Travel: The Milwaukee airport (MKE) is about 30 minutes from Siena Retreat Center. Transportation provided between Milwaukee Airport and Siena Retreat Center.

Scholarships: Email info@newwaysministry.org or write New Ways Ministry before April 30, 2018.

Cancellation Policy: Prior to October 5, 2018, all but $25 is refundable.

Conference Speakers

Cristina Traina

Cristina L.H. Traina is Professor and Chair of Religious Studies at Northwestern University, Illinois. Her books include: Feminist Ethics and Natural Law: The End of the Anathemas and Erotic Attunement: Parenthood and the Ethics of Sensuality Between Unequals. Cristina is a life-long Catholic and member of St. Nicholas Roman Catholic Church in Evanston, IL, where she is active in the Gay and Lesbian Ministry.

Cristina will draw on her work on sensuality in relationships that are not explicitly sexual in the traditional sense to explore how our embodied life enriches us and others, expands our life in the Spirit, and is an occasion of caution and care.

Nancy Marsh, CSJ

Nancy Marsh, CSJ, has been a vowed member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet since 1972. She received a Batchelor’s degree in Home Economics Education from Fontbonne University, St. Louis, and a Master of Science Degree in Adult Health Oncology nursing from Georgia State University. Nancy taught high school and has worked in all realms of cancer nursing. She now ministers with underserved, mentally ill women in a residential care facility. Nancy enjoys gourmet cooking, needlework, lacemaking, and mandala work.


Call 301-277-5674, email info@NewWaysMinistry.org or write New Ways Ministry, 4012 29th Street, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

Conference Schedule

Friday, November 16, 2018, 5.30pm 


Sunday, November 18, 2018, 1.30pm