Women of Grace® Event Details
Benedicta Institute for Women Spring Week-Long Immersive: "Who is Woman? The Journey from Eve to Mary
Benedicta Institute for Women Spring 2024Week-Long Intensive
Who Is Woman? The Journey from Eve to Mary (3 equivalency credits)
Instructor: Donald Wallenfang, PhD, OCDS
This course will explore the mystery of woman through Catholic teaching and insights from leading Catholic scholars on femininity. Drawing from the works of Gertrud von le Fort, Alice von Hildebrand, Prudence Allen, and, above all, Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, students will discover the essence of the feminine genius in contrast to the cultural confusion that obscures the true nature of woman today. A journey will be made from the fallen disobedience of Eve to the redemptive obedience of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
We will be joined by Bishop William Waltersheid, Spiritual Advisor to Women of Grace, who will minister to us through out the week with daily mass, confession, and counsel.
We will also be joined by Program Leader, Johnnette Benkovic Williams, Founder and President of Women of Grace and the Benedicta Institute for Women.
Necessary Course Texts to purchase:
Stein, Essays on Woman
Le Fort, The Eternal Woman
Hildebrand, The Privilege of Being a Woman
The Women of Grace® Benedicta Institute for Women is a program that provides women with the opportunity to acquire certification in Catholic Women’s Leadership. No matter which level of endeavor a woman desires, this program will help her attain her goal, and assist her to “aid humanity in not falling.” (The pre-requisite for registering for the Benedicta Institute for Women is graduation from the Full of Grace Foundational Study Program.)
The mission of the Women of Grace® Benedicta Institute for Women® is to identify, educate, develop, and train Catholic women to be active leaders and mentors of the day in accord with their state in life. By infusing family life, communities, institutions, organizations and governmental agencies with Catholic moral and social teaching, the leaders trained by this Institute will do much to infuse a Culture of Life into contemporary society and will “aid humanity in not falling.”
Johnnette Benkovic WilliamsJohnnette Benkovic Williams is Founder and President of Women of Grace®, a Catholic apostolate for women featuring a number of outreaches including conferences, media, study groups and more.
After years of being a non-practicing Catholic, Johnnette experienced a deep conversion back to her Catholic faith in 1981. Her conversion sparked a new vocation: sharing the Gospel message through the utilization of media. She has been an inspiring and consistent presence on EWTN Catholic radio and EWTN Catholic television for over 30 years.
Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD
Donald Wallenfang, OCDS, PhD is a Secular Discalced Carmelite, Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, and Academic Advisor for the Benedicta Institute. He received his MTS from St Norbert College and his PhD in systematic theology from Loyola University Chicago. He has published twelve books as well as numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of topics in Catholic theology and philosophy. His areas of expertise merge at the intersection of Carmelite spirituality, phenomenology, metaphysics, and sacramental theology. Wallenfang served in full-time Catholic youth and young adult ministry for nine years. He has been married to his wife, Megan, for twenty-three years and has six children.