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 since its founding by Bishop Richard E. Pates and now our new Bishop, William Joensen 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 fifth biennial Christ Our Life conference focused on bringing Catholics together, inspiring, celebrating and exploring their faith and bringing souls to Christ.

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.


Co-Founders & Co-Chairs

Marilyn Lane and Ellen Miller

Steering Committee

  • Audio/Visual – Lee Burleson

  • Business/Bookkeeping – Gordon Graham                  

  • Business/Treasurer – Ginny Striegel

  • Conference Coordinator – Rob Carey

  • Coordinator Assistant – Stephanie Becker

  • Deacon Liaison – Rev. Dennis Wright, Rev. Steve Reed

  • Development – Joe Lane, Sr. 

  • Hospitality – Leslie Teeling                                                                   

  • Hotel Facilitator – Kathryn Pierson

  • Information Technology – Spencer Sheaff, Elisabeth Sheaff

  • Liturgy – Hugh O’Hagan

  • Liturgy Advisor – Fr. Chris Reising

  • Logistics/Facility Management – Rob Carey

  • Marketing – Lore McManus Solo

  • Minority Outreach – Mayra Banuelos

  • Minority Outreach Assistant – Maria Matamoros

  • Interim Director – Steve Angrisano
  • Music Ministry Assistant – Janet Bradford, Stefanie Harper, Emily Schmid                

  • Priest Support – Susie Flood

  • Recording Secretary – MaryAnn Wallace

  • Registration/Tickets – Jodi Bermel, Patty Fredrichs

  • Speakers – Marilyn Lane, Ellen Miller

  • Spiritual Director – Msgr. Bognanno

  • Treasurer – Ginny Striegel

  • Vendors/Books & Sales – Lois Brookhart, Jim Henscheid

  • Volunteers – Bruce Mehlhop, Debbie Mehlhop

  • Volunteers Assistants – Jamie & Donnell McNaughton

Marketing Support

  • Facebook/Instagram/Media Relations – Lore McManus Solo
  • Graphic Design – Marilyn Lane
  • Content Development – Marilyn Lane, Lore McManus Solo
  • Research/Advertising – Lisa Boden, Lore McManus Solo
  • Preview Videos – Lore McManus Solo, Emily Solo
  • Web Developer – Karen Quiner, Tom Quiner

Onsite Support

  • Adoration Decorating – Carol Zimmerman
  • Volunteers/Speakers – Ann Phillips and Team


  • Coordinator – Ellen Miller
  • Knights of Columbus Liaison – Bruce Mehlhop