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The Women’s Commission is excited to invite the women of the Archdiocese of Newark and beyond to the 2016 Day of Reflection, February 27, 2015, at Seton Hall University. We are calling all women to become “Alive in Christ” as we celebrate the Jubilee Year of Mercy. We are glad to share the stories of these women – stories of mercy, healing, freedom and Real Love.  

Con gran alegría y entusiasmo La Comisión de Mujeres de la Arquidiócesis de Newark quiere invitar a todas las mujeres dentro y fuera de la Arquidiócesis al Día de Reflexión, el día 27 de febrero en la universidad de Seton Hall.

Sharon Heidland was a Division I college athlete, with the desire to do something extraordinary with her life.  She was on the way to wealth, prestige and power.

Leah Darrow gained international attention as a contestant in America’s Next Top Model, headed to a successful career as a fashion model.

Yet both young women realized their success was not bringing true happiness.  Each was called from her worldly path to radical conversion.

Sharon’s journey of conversion, healing and freedom in Jesus Christ led her to the consecrated life.  Now Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, is dedicated to poverty, chastity and obedience; and she is among the happiest of women. She says, “My goal now is to bring the message of Jesus’ authentic love and mercy to everyone I meet. Jesus came to set us free from sin and darkness so that we might walk in his marvelous light."

For more information on Sister Miriam James Heidland, visit her website:

Leah’s moment of grace came in the midst of a modeling shoot.  She quit on the spot, and called her dad to bring her home.  Now married with two small children, Leah has devoted herself to speaking the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Her message:  “I’m not defined by a TV show or profession, but as a child of God who’s broken and redeemed by Jesus Christ. The main message I send is about conversion and the mercy of Jesus: It’s never too late to change your life, to stop practicing vice and to start practicing virtue. There is always hope in Jesus.”

For more information on Leah Darrow, visit her website:


Si tú quieres experimentar  la alegría de estar “Vivas en Cristo”, especialmente en este ano que celebramos el Jubileo del año de la Misericordia, te invitamos que no te pierdas esta oportunidad. Sera una  gran bendición tener a la Madre Adela Galindo, SCTJM con nosotras, compartiendo como Dios viene a sanarnos, levantarnos y restaurarnos en su amor y misericordia. Junto a ella estará con nosotros deleitándonos con la música Kayros. ¡Te esperamos! ¡No te lo pierdas!

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