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Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference

September 24 & 25, 2016


Wells Fargo Arena
730 Third Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50309


Conference Background
Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference is a non-profit conference being held at Wells Fargo Arena. It is a grassroots effort of faith springing up out of the heart of Iowa and blessed by Bishop Richard E. Pates of the Catholic Diocese of Des Moines.

How Did it Come About?
Christ Our Life Catholic Regional Conference was conceived in 2008 and was inspired by the Holy Spirit pulling on the hearts of two women in central Iowa. They prayed, gathered a dedicated and spiritually motivated group of volunteers, and secured world-renowned speakers. The result was a first-of-its kind Catholic Conference. Now we are offering a fourth biennial Christ Our Life conference focused on bringing Catholics together, inspiring, celebrating and exploring their faith and bringing souls to Christ.


Marilyn Lane and Ellen Miller

Steering Chairs
Business/Accounting       Barb Chicoine
Business/Treasurer          Ginny Striegel, CPA
Conference Coordinator   Rob Carey
Coordinator Assistant       Stephanie Becker
Deacon Liaison                 Steve Reed
Development                    Joe Lane, Sr.
Development Assistants   Justin Doyle, Ned Flynn
Hospitality                        Leslie Teeling
Hotel Facilitator                Kathryn Pierson
Information Technology    Patty Fredrichs
K of C Liaison                   Bruce Mehlhop
Liturgy                              Hugh O'Hagan
Liturgy Advisor                 Father Chris Reising
Liturgy Assistant               Marianne Wadle
Logistics/Facility Mgmt.    Mary Nestvedt
Logistics Assistant            Joe Nestvedt
Marketing                         Lore McManus Solo
Minority Outreach             Mayra Banuelos
Music                               Scott Rieker
Music Associate               Sheila Hancock
Music Assistant                Emily Schmid
Recording Secretary         MaryAnn Wallace
Registration/Tickets          Jodi Bermel, Patty Fredrichs
Speakers                          Marilyn Lane and Ellen Miller
Spiritual Director               Monsignor Frank Bognanno
Volunteers/Floor                Bruce and Debbie Deneff Mehlhop
Vendors/Books & Sales     Lois Brookhart

Extended Team and Outreach

Marketing Support
Blog                                 Kevin Teale
Facebook                         Lore Solo
Graphic Design                Marilyn Lane
Research/Advertising       Lisa Boden
Video Production             Emily Solo  
Web Developer                 Hunter Lane            

Onsite Support
Decorating                       Christine Kirkman
Emcees                            Joe Hogan and Jon Leonetti
Volunteers/Speakers         Ann Phillips and Team

Over 200 ”Go To” conference representatives serve throughout Iowa and beyond

You Are Invited
Please join us for a weekend of faith sharing, faith building and praise as we listen and learn from world-class speakers, renowned Catholic exhibitors and most importantly, share the sacraments.