Actually, if I’m completely honest, we sometimes wondered if it might be a nonexistent thing when we pondered the sheer amount of work it would take to pull together a multi-day event for over 200 people. There were quite a few moments, especially early on, when there would be long silences on the phone, and one of us would say, “I don’t see how we can do this.”
What kept us going was the fact that this event felt right — so, so right. As I said when we first announced it, Hallie and I felt called to do this with a clarity that both of us had only rarely experienced before.
When I got to the event this past July, I understood why.
Edel 2014 was an experience like nothing else. There was a palpable sense of relief among the attendees, a great group exhale as women realized that they were finally surrounded by people who understood their lives. The joy that filled the room, especially on that dance floor after the Saturday evening dinner, can only be described as explosive.
So many of us walked away from that event refreshed, revived, and filled with a newfound joy for our roles as Catholic women. We were certain that we simply had to do this again.
And so it is with great delight that I announce that there will be an Edel 2015 — and it will be in a different part of the country so that new people can more easily attend! Here are the details:
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Edel Gathering 2015
The Francis Marion Hotel
(with a special rate for Edel attendees!)
July 10 – 11, 2015
Ticket sale announcement coming soon!
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Hallie found the perfect hotel for next year’s event. The Francis Marion is in downtown Charleston, walking distance from the Cathedral as well as famous Charleston restaurants and attractions.
It was built over a century ago, and has a long reputation of hosting elegant banquets and events as only Southerners can.
The rooms have all sorts of gorgeous details — and we got an amazing rate for Edel attendees (more on that soon)!
Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more perfect, Hallie told me that there’s a Farmer’s Market right across the street.
At this last Edel Gathering, the staff from the hotel took me aside to comment on how special this event was. They see events almost every night, and they wondered why this event was so different, when the location, food, and decor were similar to any other. Immediately, I knew the answer:
What makes the Edel Gathering the special event that it is is the group of women in attendance. It’s proof that when faithful Catholic women come together — even when there is no agenda other than simply relaxing and enjoying a good party — great things can happen.
We’ll announce ticket sale dates and all the other details soon. In the meantime, mark this date on your calendar. I can’t wait to see you there!
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