On Saturday, hundreds of women gathered at the 2018 “From Darkness into Light” Women’s Conference. 

This year’s conference featured keynote speaker Diane Foley, who has lived through every parent’s worst nightmare.

Her son, James Foley was killed in Syria on August 19, 2014 after being held hostage by ISIS for months.

During the conference, she encouraged women to never lose faith. 

“I’m here today to be a witness to the light of Christ,” Foley said. “It’s hard for me to share. I’m not a public speaker, but I feel compelled,” she said.

More than 700 women participated in the conference that took place at St. James Catholic Church in Herndon. 

“Even in her darkest moments she never turned away. It reminds me to have the hope and to keep moving forward even when we’re sad,” said Kristina Gorg, who attended the conference.

“We just want to be able to say you know what you’re not alone, God is with you in your journey and you can overcome anything with his help,” said Therese Bermophl, Event Organizer. 

The conference was hosted by the Diocese of Arlington, and the Office of Marriage Family and Respect Life.