“God Speaks: Do We Listen?”

Women’s Day of Reflection set for May 11

The 16th annual Women’s Day of Reflection will be held 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. May 11 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, 210 Greentree Road, Munhall, Pa.

A dedicated committee meets throughout the year to plan and coordinate the day, working with a theme of interest to women to help them grow in their spirituality. The springtime event features a schedule of three speakers who focus on the chosen theme of the day; luncheon; vendors and a bountiful basket auction with proceeds donated to local women’s shelters.

This year’s theme is “God Speaks: Do We Listen?” Presenters include:

  • Lillian Leonardi (“My Spiritual Homecoming”). Lillian Leonardi served from 1998 to 2010 in the FBI, Pittsburgh Division, as its Community Outreach Specialist. On Sept. 11, 2001, within three hours after the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa, she was at the site, where she spent the next 12 days. She has written a book about her experience entitled “In the Shadow of a Badge: A Memoir About Flight 93, a Field of Angels, and My Spiritual Homecoming.” Post-9/11, Leonardi represented the FBI in collaboration on three projects relating to Flight 93. Prior to her FBI career, Leonardi was appointed in 1984 to serve as the first female police officer in the city of Arnold, Pa., where she specialized in crime prevention and investigations of crimes against children. After her 25-year career of service in law enforcement, Lillie Leonardi is pursuing her lifelong passion for writing.
  • Jennifer Miele (“God Speaks to All Generations”. Jennifer Miele is Chief Communications Officer/ Managing Director Office of Communications and Evangelization for the diocese of Greensburg. She joined the staff in June 2018, and her efforts focus on making the diocese more accessible and connected to all generations of Catholics and the entire community. She spent seven years as a spokesperson and vice president for Excela Health and eight years as the Westmoreland County bureau chief for WTAE-TV. A Penn Township native and graduate of Saint Vincent College, Jen is a parishioner of Immaculate Conception Parish, Irwin. She is married to Dr. Jason Cinti and has two young daughters, Francesca and Vivienne. Jen serves as emcee for dozens of charity events each year.
  • Joni Sturgill (“Healthy Body: Peaceful Soul”). Joni Sturgill is a RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and has taught yoga and meditation since 2004 and has been studying since 1999. She’s learned from many prominent teachers, earned 500 hour yoga and meditation teacher training, and her 200 hour yoga certification. Joni studied at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York plus she holds a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Combining all of these modalities, Joni works as an integrative wellness specialist, blending therapeutic essentials to support the mind, emotions, body and spirit. Joni has published articles in addition to writing articles for her blog. Joni believes that the practice of meditation and awareness of holistic health is so important for people of all ages and backgrounds to find optimal health, wellness, joy and peace of mind.

Contact Sister Marion Dobos at 412-322-8773 or mdobos1@ gmail.com for more information. Cost of $25 includes lunch. No refunds. Pre-registration is required. Deadline is April 26. If you wish to donate a basket for the Benefit Auction, please contact Marjorie Glaid at (412) 835-3873.

Sponsored by the Byzantine Catholic Archeparchial Office of Religious Education.