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Orange County Catholic Book Club Author Focus Series: ‘When Women Pray’

July 20, 2017 @ 6:30 pm



6:30 P.M.


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Join Authors Kathleen Beckman, Pia de Solenni, and an esteemed panel or theologians and experts as they discuss the second book in our series “When Women Pray” and the importance of women in the spiritual development and care of the family, community and Church.

Panelists include:

  • Kathleen Beckman, author, When Women Pray
  • Kathryn Lopez, Editor-at-Large, National Review Online
  • Sr. Katherine Gray, SSJ, Director of Mission Integration, Christ Cathedral campus
  • Mark McElrath, director, Catholics at Work OC
  • Monsignor Steve Doktorczyk, Judicial Vicar, Diocese of Orange
  • Pia de Solenni, Ph.D, author and theological consultant to the Office of the Bishop

While the book titled “When Women Pray: Eleven Catholic Women on the Power of Prayer” is focused on Catholic prayer life radiating through the prism of the feminine heart, it offers insight for men also. The Church teaches that women are called to be unique examples and witnesses for all Christians (women and men) of how the Bride is to respond in love to the love of the Bridegroom. When men consider the feminine soul at prayer, they may discover more deeply the complementarity of men and woman in prayer and service to the Church. The book is not a prayer manual per se, nor is it a treatise on authentic femininity. It’s genius is the focus on what happens when we pray: changes within and without. The variety of prayer testimonies from eleven Catholic leaders provides wit and wisdom for both men and women. 


I am grateful to know Kathleen Beckman since my appointment here to the Diocese of Orange. All too often, when discussing the equality of women and men, we miss what is unique to each, particularly their strengths. This collection of essays by active contemplative women witnesses a unique feminine strength, one firmly rooted in serious spiritual work. May this book provide encouragement not only for women, but also for men.  I am happy to recommend this book for all as an inspiration for one’s spiritual and faith life and a reflection on ecclesial communion and the bonds of faith which can strengthen us all for the Lord’s ministry and mission.

-Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Orange


A great book! In When Women Pray, Kathleen Beckman offers an edifying collection of wisdom from the prayer lives of many Catholic women. Their stories are inspiring and bear witness to the reality that when the feminine heart is at prayer the world is a more lovely and beautiful place.

Never underestimate the power of women at prayer! Were it not for the many prayerful women in my life – the Virgin Mary, my earthly mother, five Filipino prayer warriors, and my best friend – I wouldn’t be the man I am today. This book blessed my life and it will be a tremendous blessing for all who read it.

-Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC, Author, Champions of the Rosary


Kathleen Beckman has put together a beautiful collection of personal stories and teachings on prayer. When Women Pray is a forum for a compelling group of lay catholic women leaders. To read this is to sit down with an articulate gathering of sincere disciples pouring out the fruit of their own conversations with the Lord. Together, they disclose a wisdom that is at once learned and practical, insightful and accessible, at times lighthearted but always reverent. One finds here, expressed in words, the profound solidarity that women of prayer share together, a tender strength that the Church needs today more than ever. Highly recommended!

-Dr. Anthony Lillis, Author, Fire From Above: Christian Contemplation and Mystical Wisdom, Avila Institute of Spiritual Formation


I always say that when faith-filled prayerful women get together—watch out! With God’s amazing grace, these women have the power to change the world!  Author Kathleen Beckman skillfully compiles the intimate stories of eleven faithful women guaranteed to inspire you to keep your lamp lit, penetrating the darkness of the world and aiding others to find their way to heaven. I love this book!

Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV Host, speaker, and award-winning author of more than twenty books, including: The Kiss of Jesus and Feeding Your Family’s Soul


A thoughtful, inspiring book. Women were created, as St. John Paul II identifies, with a space inside for another. Through the chapters contained in this book, these women-leaders give birth and share with others various aspects of prayer which they have carried within. It is not only important that women’s voices be heard in today’s world of pragmatic interests, it is vital for our human striving towards fulfillment in the Divine.

-Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, OP, Vocation Director, Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist


In this book, eleven women of prayer articulate how they pray, what prayer means to them and the fruits associated with an active prayer life. When Women Pray is inspiring, full of substance and frankly, difficult to put down. The reader will be enriched by the contributions of the individual writers and will indeed learn practical ways to authentically live his or her spiritual life. I highly recommend this work.

Msgr. Stephen S. Doktorczyk, J.C.D., Official at the Holy See, Author, Persistent Disobedience to Church Authority: History, Analysis and Application of Canon 1371, 2º.


When Women Pray is a beautiful and timely book. Readers will find reflections that shed light on the myriad ways that God communes with feminine hearts. The feminine vocation is mirrored in the Trinity’s invitation to the Virgin Mary: The Father asked, “Daughter, will you become the Mother of my only-begotten Son?” The Son asked, “Will you become My Mother and the mother of mankind?” The Holy Spirit asked, “Beloved, will you become My Spouse?” Daughter, mother, and spouse is a woman’s calling to profound spiritual life in Him. This book affirms that God desires to deeply penetrate our hearts, and inspires us to pray always, so, with Mary, we bear greater fruit for eternal life.

Mother Dolores Marie, P.C.P.A., Our Lady of the Angels Monastery, Hanceville, AL, Contributing Author, Manual for Eucharistic Adoration



Each quarter you will receive a faith-filled book that has been read, reviewed and chosen by Bishop Kevin Vann and his personal theologian, Pia de Solenni of the Augustine Institute. It is our hope that these theological, formative and inspiring books help support your journey of faith, no matter where you are in your relationship with Christ. Each quarter there will also be an opportunity to meet the author and to discuss the book in a forum setting at Christ Cathedral.

The annual Orange County Catholic Book Club cost is $80 and includes the quarterly books, shipping and handling, and entrance to each quarter’s forum at Christ Cathedral.




July 20, 2017
6:30 pm
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