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After a life-changing encounter with God, Patty Schneier became a public speaker.

And audio copies of her story have been distributed nationwide.

Now, the life-long Catholic, wife and mother is coming to Fremont for the Women’s Retreat 2018. The two-day event will take place in Delaney Hall at St. Patrick’s Church, 3400 E. 16th St., Fremont.

The public is invited to the event, which includes sessions from 6:30-8 p.m. Nov. 9 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 with a lunch and child care provided. The event is free, but participants are asked to sign up. A freewill offering will be accepted for the lunch.

Those wishing to attend can sign up by calling the church at 402-721-6611 or by registering on line at http://membership.faithdirect.net/events/org/470

“We’re looking to reach out to the women in the community; It’s for all Christian women — not just Catholics — for renewal,” said Kate Casale, adult faith formation director. “A lot of the women have busy lives, whether they’re wives, mothers, working and we wanted to offer them a time to come apart and refresh and to have fellowship with other women.”

Casale said the Rev. Walter Nolte, senior pastor at St. Patrick’s, has heard Schneier speak and recommended her.

“She (Schneier) had a major encounter with the Lord that changed her life,” Casale said.

Schneier, who is from the Archdiocese of St. Louis, Mo., and her husband, Larry, are active members of their parish, where she is a cantor at Sunday Mass.

Since October 2003, she has been speaking at parishes and Catholic conferences across the United States sharing her personal testimony, “Prove It, God!’ And He Did.”

Schneier’s website notes how using song, Scripture and writings from her journal, she shares the story of her challenge to God and his daily response.

The results were life-changing, Schneier said, and her conversion marked a new life in Christ, a renewed marriage – and a ministry in public speaking.

Schneier said 25,000 copies of her testimony was sent to every Catholic household in the diocese of Bismarck, N.D., and in June 2013 was distributed nationwide as “CD of the Month” for Lighthouse Catholic Media.

She has been a guest on various Catholic radio shows, including Covenant Network, Ave Maria Radio and Catholic Answers Live.

From 2007-2008, she was the host of the radio show, “Ask the Archbishop,” heard on Covenant Network.

Her story has been featured in “Family Foundations Magazine” and is included in the book “Set Free to Love: Lives Changed by the Theology of the Body.”

Schneier’s new book, “Love Letters from Mom on What Matters Most,” is a compilation of personal letters written to her three children as they mature into adulthood.

The book is designed to inspire mothers and their children – no matter what their age – to live for Christ, to strive for holiness, and desire Heaven.

In 2015, Schneier was the keynote speaker at the first Women in the New Evangelization Conference for the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul.

She received the Archbishop Robert J. Carlson Excellence in Communication Award from the Archdiocese of St. Louis and was named “2015 St. Paul Woman of the Year” by the St. Louis executive board of the Daughters of St. Paul for her work in evangelization.

Schneier’s talk on Nov. 9 is called: “I Always Wanted to be a Princess!” Talks on Saturday are: “God, I Really Don’t Have Time for This!” and “Unlock the Treasures.”

“The first talk really is on our identity and the second talk is on our relationship that God calls us to and the third is about what blocks us from being in that relationship and benefiting from all that God has for us,” Casale said.

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Tammy Real-McKeighan is news editor of the Fremont Tribune. She covers news, features, religion stories and writes the weekly faith-based, Spiritual Spinach column.

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