The overwhelming response has created a sold out event. Please add your name to the waitlist for the opportunity to join us for Flourish.
Come Flourish with us!
Are you ready to discover how to be happier, starting right here, right now? In John 10:10, Jesus said, “I came so that they may have life, and have it more abundantly.” There are choices and changes we can make that will lift the heaviness and bring us deep contentment.
This is for you.
This is for your daughter.
This is for your friend who is longing for more.
Never have women been more unfulfilled, exhausted, and anxious. The sense of endless hustle and desire for deeper meaning does not discriminate with age—we are all feeling it. We know that this is not the legacy we want to pass to the next generation.
Let’s link arms and explore what will allow us to truly flourish—to experience the abundant life that we were created for! Let’s help the next generation to thrive by setting an example of abiding joy. Please join us, and bring a young woman along whom you’d love to see walking in true freedom and happiness.
You, your daughter, your sister, your aunt, your friend. Any woman interested in an immersion weekend, illuminating the path to the One who holds the key to your happiness.
Flourish 2023 Women’s Conference where women of all faith backgrounds are welcome. No need to have participated in a WWP Bible study.
April 14–16, 2023
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176
Lisa Brenninkmeyer is the founder and chief purpose officer of Walking with Purpose. A convert to Catholicism, Lisa created her first Bible study in 2002 out of a desire to see Catholic women come to know Christ personally. In 2008, Walking with Purpose became a fully independent non-profit organization with 501c(3) status and a mission of helping every Catholic woman and girl in America open her heart to Jesus Christ. Today, more than 49,000 women, young women, and teen girls participate in WWP each year.
Lisa has authored 16 WWP Bible studies, which have received the Imprimatur through Archbishop Lori of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.
Lisa has been recognized by the Catholic Leadership Institute as a National Catholic Leader and was a presenter at the USCCB Convocation of Catholic Leaders. She has presented the unique model of WWP at national conferences throughout the country and has been a guest on a number of radio, television, and podcast shows as well.
Lisa holds a B.A. in psychology from St. Olaf College and is pursuing her masters degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. She and her husband Leo have seven children and four grandsons and reside in St. Augustine, Florida.
Sr. Miriam James Heidland
Sr. Miriam James Heidland joined the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) in 1998. She holds a master’s degree in theology from the Augustine Institute and speaks extensively at conferences and retreats on the topics of conversion, authentic love, forgiveness, and healing. She is also affiliated with the John Paul II Healing Center in leading healing retreats for priests and religious sisters across the nation.
Sr. Miriam’s podcast, Abiding Together, can be found on iTunes. Her three books, Behold: A Guided Advent Journal, Restore: A Guided Lent Journal, and Loved As I Am, can be found on Amazon. She tweets at @onegroovynun.
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR
Fr. Dave Pivonka, TOR, was elected president of Franciscan University of Steubenville on May 21, 2019. The well-known Catholic speaker and author graduated from Franciscan University with his B.A. in theology in 1989, then earned an MDiv, M.A. in theology, doctorate in education, and executive juris doctorate. A solemnly professed member of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Province of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Penance, Father Pivonka was ordained to the priesthood in 1996.
He held various leadership positions at Franciscan University from 1996-2008 including vice president for Mission and Planning. From 2008-2012, Father Pivonka served as director of Post-Novitiate Formation for the Franciscans, TOR, and from 2012-2019, he directed Franciscan Pathways, hosting The Wild Goose video series on the Holy Spirit, a documentary on St. Francis of Assisi, and Metanoia, a 2019 video series on conversion. He has written seven books, including Living Metanoia: Finding Freedom and Fulfillment in Christ (OSV, 2021), and he currently hosts Franciscan University Presents on EWTN and cohosts the popular podcast, They That Hope.
Fr. John Riccardo
Fr. John Riccardo was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1996, where he served as a pastor for 15 years. In 2019, he founded ACTS XXIX and serves as the executive director. ACTS XXIX, a non-profit apostolate that exists because God wants His world back, unleashes the power of the gospel and equips ordained and lay leaders in order to mobilize the Church for mission.
Over the last three years, ACTS XXIX has been engaged in over a dozen dioceses and has ministered to more than 2,500 priests. Fr. John hosts a weekly podcast, You Were Born for This, and publishes a weekly article, “Thoughts From the Trailer.” He is the host of the radio program Christ is the Answer and has authored several books, including, Rescued: The Unexpected and Extraordinary News of the Gospel, which has given birth to The Rescue Project, an 8-week video experience intended to overwhelm a person with the power of the gospel, move that person to surrender to Jesus, and be mobilized for mission.
Fr. John is a graduate of the University of Michigan, the Gregorian University in Rome, and the Pope John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family. To learn more about ACTS XXIX, please visit www.actsxxix.org.
Fr. John Hopkins
Fr. John Hopkins, LC, was ordained a priest in 1991 by Saint John Paul II. He was a significant influence in the founding of Our Lady of Bethesda Retreat Center and Center for Family Development. After completing a sabbatical of study in Rome and receiving his licentiate degree in moral theology in 2004, he returned to the DC area and was appointed president of Our Lady of Bethesda.
Sarah Kroger has spent the last 10 years leading worship and sharing her music at a range of national and international concerts and events. She has released four albums: Your Time (2011), Hallelujah is Our Song (2013), Bloom (2019), and Light (2022). Sarah’s passion is to create a space in which people can encounter the heart of God in a profound way. When Sarah isn’t on the road, she lives in Nashville, TN, with her husband Dom.
Friday, April 14
4–6:45 PM - Check-in
7 PM - Commencement
Saturday, April 15
9 AM–4 PM - Main Sessions + Breakout Sessions
7 PM–9 PM - Main Sessions + Adoration
Sunday, April 16
8 AM–Noon - Mass + Main Session
Noon - Event Wrap up
Note: schedule subject to change.
What is the conference fee for Flourish 2023?
The conference fee is $385. The program begins on Friday evening and concludes on Sunday at noon. A partial attendance rate is not offered.
What age is the intended audience for the conference?
The conference has been designed for women 18 years and older.
Are there group discounts if I register multiple people at once (e.g., my daughter, friend, sister)?
As our goal is to provide the most rewarding weekend at the lowest price for all attendees, group discounts are not available.
Can I register a group?
Yes, you can register multiple people at one time for the conference. You will need the names and corresponding email addresses of each person in your group to complete a group registration. Please be as accurate as possible with correct spellings of the name and email address information that is required.
Is my registration transferable?
Yes, you may transfer your registration to another attendee using the instructions found on the ticket confirmation email. All transfers must be completed by March 17, 2023.
You will need the name and email address of the person to whom you are transferring the ticket. Reimbursement of your fee must be reconciled between you and your replacement. Hotel accommodation changes must be arranged directly with your hotel.
What is the refund policy?
Tickets are non-refundable. However, you may transfer your ticket to another person (see FAQ above). Tickets must be transferred by March 17, 2023.
Will there be a waitlist?
If the event sells out, we will start a waitlist for women who are still interested in joining us for Flourish.
What is the deadline for registration?
Registration will close when capacity is reached. A notice will be posted with waitlist registration instructions when the event is sold out.
Do I need to be part of a Walking with Purpose Bible study, currently or in the past, to attend?
No prior experience with Walking with Purpose is necessary to join us for this special event. Women of all faith backgrounds are welcome.
Event Details FAQs
What is the schedule?
The full weekend schedule will be shared in advance of the event. It includes main sessions, breakout sessions, Mass, confession, and Eucharistic adoration.
Do I have to attend the entire weekend?
Due to the continuity of the event, it is important that all attendees experience Flourish in its entirety. Please do not register if you cannot attend all three days and two evenings of the conference.
Will any sacraments be offered during the event?
Yes. We will have the sacrament of Reconciliation on Friday, and Mass with Eucharist on Saturday and Sunday.
What is the speaker lineup?
Lisa Brenninkmeyer, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, Fr. Dave Pivonka, Fr. John Riccardo, Fr. John Hopkins, and more! Special guest Sarah Kroger is offering praise and worship music.
Will the event be live streamed?
No, this event will not be live streamed.
Is Walking with Purpose following COVID-19 protocols for safe measure?
Walking with Purpose follows state and local COVID-19 protocols for all WWP events. Please refer to the state of Virginia and local directives for up to date information on what, if any, protocols will be applicable on the weekend of the event.
Accommodations and Travel FAQs
What are the accommodation options?
Lansdowne Resort room block is now sold out. If you're interested in being added to a waitlist, please call Lansdowne at 703.729.8400.
To book other accommodations, here are nearby options:
SpringHill Suites → 2.4 miles
Tru by Hilton (One Loudoun) → 3.8 miles
Hyatt Place (Sterling) → 5.2 miles
Hilton Garden Inn → 6 miles
DoubleTree by Hilton → 7 miles
What onsite parking is available at Lansdowne?
Self-parking is free at Lansdowne. Valet parking is $20 per day. Current rates are subject to change and all parking is on a space available basis.
What are the closest airports and Amtrak station?
12 miles away: Dulles International Airport (IAD)
38 miles away: Reagan National Airport (DCA)
40 miles away: Washington, D.C., Union Station
Are meals included?
We are offering light snacks and Sunday morning breakfast. The hotel offers options for meals and beverages, and there are several restaurants and cafes within a mile of the hotel for your convenience.
I have special dietary needs. Will you support me?
Of course! Let us know ahead of time by contacting our event planner directly. Please email Kath Sawnson at email@example.com.
I need special assistance. Will you support me?
Of course! Let us know ahead of time by contacting our event planner directly. Please email Kath Swanson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will childcare be provided?
No, childcare will not be available for this event.
Will you have merchandise to purchase onsite at the event?
Yes! Back by popular demand, we will offer apparel, gift items, books, study guides, jewelry, and so much more! Purchases may be made throughout the weekend.
Is there a dress code or specific attire required?
Dress for comfort! You are certainly welcome to wear jeans and sneakers all weekend; however, dressier attire may be more desirable for Mass and Eucharistic adoration.
What about video / photography?
Walking with Purpose reserves the right to use any photographs/video from any WWP event without the expressed written consent of those included in photos/video. Audio recording or video filming by event participants is prohibited.
What if I have a question that is not answered in these FAQs?
No problem! Email us at email@example.com, and we are happy to assist you.
I cannot attend, but I would like to support Walking with Purpose.
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