Keynote Speaker: Abby Johnson

Author of best selling book and movie, Unplanned and CEO & Founder of And Then There Were None

Abby Johnson has always been fiercely determined to help women in need. This desire is what led Abby to a career with Planned Parenthood, our nation’s largest abortion provider, and caused her to flee the organization, becoming an outspoken advocate for the pro-life movement. Today, Abby travels across the globe sharing her story, educating the public on pro-life issues, advocating for the unborn, and reaching out to abortion clinic staff who still work in the industry. She is the founder of "And Then There Were None", a ministry designed to assist abortion clinic workers in transitioning out of the industry. To date, this ministry has helped over 430 workers leave the abortion industry. Abby lives in Texas with her husband and seven precious children.

Featured Speaker: Fr. Chris Alar

Father Chris Alar, MIC, is a priest with the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. Father Chris wrote and produced the popular "Divine Mercy 101" and "Explaining the Faith" DVD series and is the author of the bestselling book After Suicide: There's Hope for Them and for You. He is a regular host and guest on EWTN, and he also hosts the online "Divine Mercy Matters" series at He serves as the director of the Association of Marian Helpers and is the head of Marian Press, located on the grounds of the National Shrine of The Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Massachusetts.

Featured Speaker: Sister Virginia Joy

Sr. Virginia Joy entered the Sisters of Life in 2009.  A native of South Carolina, she currently serves in Manhattan as the Director of the Respect Life office for the Archdiocese of New York.  Sister has also served in the community Visitation Mission working with vulnerable pregnant women in need and in the Vocations mission. 

Musician: Taylor Tripodi

Taylor grew up in a small suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. She is the oldest of nine children which taught her that you have to speak up in order for your voice to be heard. Taylor uses her voice to bring God glory and praise, inspiring all who hear her to praise Him with her.

Conference Hostess: Julie Sidoni

Julie will grace the conference as this year's hostess. We all know her as an evening news anchor on WNEP-Channel 16 and she also heads up the stations Healthwatch 16 reports. health watch. She is a member of St. Ignatius of Loyola parish in Kingston, PA. Julie's beautiful voice has been heard cantoring in various parishes. 

Celebrant: Bishop Joseph Bambera, DD, JCL

Bishop Bambera will celebrate the Mass for Refresh Your Faith Catholic Conference for Women.  His homily and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will fill us with our Lord as the perfect preparation to Refresh Your Faith! 

At the University of Scranton

Byron Recreation Complex

800 Linden Street

Scranton, PA 18510

(570) 872-8630

To invigorate and enrich the faith of our sisters in Christ.

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