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Integral Formation Convention
Regnum Christi women in Calgary reflect on faith, finances and marriage

Calgary Convention

Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- On Friday, October 19, 2012 about 30 Regnum Christi women members from the Calgary area came together at Clear Water Academy for a 2-day mini-convention.  The group reflected on marriage, faith and finances and on the four pillars of integral formation.

That evening the women were “held captive” by the inspiring story of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen, learning how this humble servant of God developed the intellectual, human, spiritual, and apostolic pillars throughout his life.

“His perseverance, passion and obedience to the will of God and His love of souls brought tears to our eyes,” said Michelle Hoffman, an RC member who attended the event.  “He left us with this amazing legacy, and his impact has reached the far corners of the world.”

On Saturday, after a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr. John Gannon, LC, the group enjoyed coffee and breakfast goodies before listening to the speakers for the day. 

Fr. John opened by reminding the women of the tremendous gift of faith given to us by our Heavenly Father and how that faith allows God to work through us.  He spoke of Pope Benedict XVI’s homily given during the Synod of Bishops concerning the joy of living the Catholic faith, and discussed Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s Synod address on confession as the sacrament of new evangelization. 

Sophie Blais-Yalbir, a Regnum Christi member and financial expert,
Fr. John Gannon
Fr. John Gannon, LC, reminded the women of the tremendous gift of faith from God
walked the listeners through individual money profiles.  She said an understanding of one’s own temperament can help people make more sound decisions about money. 

“She reminded us of what our parents had always taught us about money,” said Michelle. “She said because money is something we need to live, we should pray about what we will do with it and the decisions we make.”

Sophia reminded the group of Bible passages urging good stewardship with one’s financial gifts, and warned her listeners not to let money become an idol.  She highlighted professionals who can help with financial decisions and gave some practical strategies for children to learn to manage their money.

After lunch, Sarah Oryschak, a Regnum Christi consecrated women, helped the audience learn to eliminate negative thoughts. Using the analogy of eradicating an infestation of ants, she taught the group how to “stamp” out such thoughts, while developing positive thoughts and speech patterns. 

“Always challenge the ANT because whatever you hold in your mind will tend to occur in your life,” she said.  “Positive thoughts lead to positive living.  If you want different results in your life or your work, change your mind.”

RC member Tracy Tomiak used her marriage counseling skills to challenge the audience to live God’s plan for a “sacred, redemptive, divine, uniting, and life-giving marriage.” 

She referenced the book The Exceptional 7%: The Nine Secrets of the World’s Happiest Couples by author Gregory Popcak.  Acknowledging the wealth of experience of the ladies present, Tracy invited them to share some of the ways they live their marriages successfully. 

“We could have sat much longer to hear more about living fruitful marriages that are all about making us holy,” said Michelle.



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