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Pilgrimage

The Catholic Women’s Council (CWC) is a coalition of Catholic women’s groups and networks representing five continents, various countries, language and cultural groups, which are joining together on a pilgrimage towards Rome. Through virtual, local and global initiatives, these groups will express their creativity and discovery of the dignity and equality of women in the Church.

In the months leading ahead, initiatives by CWC affiliated groups will be shared below with the goal to explore the understanding of equal dignity and equal rights in the Church. Each pilgrimage can take many different forms. We challenge you to be creative! There will be meetings, lectures, common prayers, conversations, artistic expressions, concerts, debates, dancing, bicycle trips and more. We hope these initiatives by our member groups will inspire, uncover and express the hope, the commonalities and the struggles that many Catholics grapple with around the world.

Our Goal

These virtual and physical pilgrimages will lead our united groups to better understand the perspectives, strengths and struggles of Catholic women around the world. We hope that through shared understanding with our global sisters, different voices can come together in a harmonious vision of hope for the Church.

Events and Initiatives

All events and initiatives are organised by CWC affiliated groups. Find out below where your local CWC event is happening or join an online, virtual initiative.

Not an affiliated group of CWC? Click here to find out how your group can join.

Initiatives location

In the framework of the International Day of Women of African Descent: Between Comadres, theological bochinche for the transformation

The invitation is to the theological bochince, a tasty conversation to enjoy with AGUSTINA LUVIS, CARMEN MARGARITA SÁNCHEZ DE LEÓN AND MARICEL MENA. The event will be in Spanish
Mexico
July 22, 2021 | 19:00 p.m. Mexico

CELEBRATION OF MARY MAGDALENA

Join the celebration of Mary Magdalena held today by Mujeres Iglesia Chile (by zoom). It is a 3 days program consisting of a lecture on Mary of Magdalene, a prayer song and a liturgical celebration. The event will be in Spanish.
Chile
1900-2000 hours (Chile) on 19th, 20th and 21st of July 2021 via Zoom

What if I tell you? – Religious Sisters in India Reporting on Abuse

Religious sisters in India have just published an unprecedented study “It’s High Time. Women Religious speak up on Gender Justice in the Indian Church”. It is the outcome of a questionnaire sent to women religious superiors across India, the country with the largest number of religious sisters (estimated at about 90,000). The study, initiated in May 2018 and commissioned by the Conference of Religious India - Women’s Section, documents a vast range of abuse against female religious, such as low wages, property matters, harassment and verbal abuse, ignoring their personal competence in the mission or refusal of sacramental celebration. It also proposes concrete steps for bringing change. Meet the authors who worked on this extraordinary publication: Sister Dr. Hazel D’Lima DHM, Sister Noella de Souza MCJ, and Brother Philip Pinto, CFC. Dr. Astrid Lobo Gajiwala will moderate their conversation. The meeting will be held in English and simultaneously translated into German and Italian.
Global
Saturday, 10th July 2021 at 11.00 am (CEST) on Zoom

Call: Poem to Mary Magdalene

On the eve of the feast of Mary Magdalene (July 22) We invite you to participate! Bases: 1) Enter the application through the link; 2) In the sign of + write your poem; 3) Choose and upload an image of the Apostle; 4) Write your first and last name (very important); 5) Vote for the one you like the most; 6) You have until July 22; 7) The entries will be published on social networks. 
Global
22 July 2021

Sisters Solidarity Fund

Too often the work and lives of religious sisters are hampered by stagnant Church structures and habits that do not allow their charisms to fully flourish. Too often intransparent power structures and manipulation lead to various kinds of abuse (e.g. economical, spiritual, sexual, abuse of power or conscience). Many of the sisters affected by those abuses stay silent about the dangerous conditions also because they fear they will be forced to leave and will not find support and safety outside of the convent. For all those women, members of Catholic religious communities (regardless of their canonical status), who are at risk of being expelled or abandoned, Voices of Faith initiates a financial support program.
Global
2021

Inclusive Synod

Dear Friends, tickets are now on sale for the Root & Branch Inclusive lay-led synod 5 - 12 September 2021. You can participate online or you can attend in person in Bristol, UK. We do hope you will buy and promote as widely as possible.
UK
5 - 12 September 2021 | Bristol

WOMEN AND DIACONATE

Indian Women Theologians Forum (IWTF) invites you to a discussion on WOMEN AND DIACONATE. Our speaker is Casey Stanton (USA). To register, please contact IWTF on iwtheologiansforum@gmail.com
Global
Monday, June 28th 2021, 8.30 pm to 10.00 pm, IST | 5.00 pm CET | 11.00 am ET (US)

Webinar: Transforming the Church from a plurality of Voices

Cátedra de Teología Feminista – Ibero, is pleased to announce the Webinar titled 'Transformar la iglesia desde la pluralidad de voces' in which we will have a Dialogue between three women in significant positions in the Latin-American Church: Daniela Cannavina, Secretaria General de la CLAR; Rosa Inés Floriano, Dirección Misional Cáritas Colombia; and Susana Nuin, Coordinadora del Cebitepal CELAM. Click below to register. The webinar will also be transmitted on our Facebook page: Cátedra de Teología Feminista – Ibero. The event will be in Spanish.
Mexico City
22 June, 2021 | 17:00 Hora CDMX

Umsteuern Robin Sisterhood e.V.

On Monday 21 June 2021, the association “Umsteuern Robin Sisterhood e.V.” was founded in Germany. The association supports people, institutions, and self-help groups who have suffered from violence in the church. Women, in particular, lack an independent contact point in the church, where they can turn to if they have suffered violence in the church. Through its structure, the Roman Catholic Church supports a system that discriminates against and violates people on the basis of their gen-der, their lifestyle, or their sexual orientation,” said the founders of the association.
Germany
Jun 21, 2021 | Germany

Texts of violence in the Bible, between gender studies and feminist biblical hermeneutics

Talking about texts of violence in the Bible, between gender studies and feminist biblical hermeneutics, we invite you to theo-sophiar with Lucía Riba and her latest publication. The event will be in Spanish. Register now!
ArgentinaMexico
June 10, 2021 | 19:00 p. m. México | 21:00 hrs. Argentina

WATAC explores what it means to be working towards a LGBTQ+ affirming Church

WATAC, the activist and advocacy organisation Women and the Australian Church, today announced the next topic in their popular bi-monthly series of interactive webinars. The June event, entitled Working towards a LGBTQ+ affirming church will take place on Wednesday 9 June 2021 at 6pm AEST. Guest speakers are Teash Taylor and Anika “AJ” Jensen in conversation with Danielle Lynch. Together they will explore: What does it mean to be “affirming”? What church culture do we want to cultivate? Andrea Dean, President of WATAC, says of this event, “This month’s WATAC Presents will explore contemporary, affirming theological perspectives and practical aspects of inclusion in Christian churches. If you are interested in discerning how to build positive and affirming relationships with LGBTQ+ friends, family members and church members, we encourage you to attend.” Register via the website (https://watac.net.au) to participate.
Australia
Wednesday, 9 June 2021, 6 pm AEST

Theology on the move

Reflections on the crossovers between theology, ecology and feminism. We invite you to theo-sophiar on Arianne von Andel's new publication. We are waiting for you!!!
ChileMexico
May 27, 2021 | 11:00 p. m. Mexico | 1:00 p.m. Chile

The Great Silence

Abuse of women religious in Italy between silence and attempts at redemption. We talk about it with Frederica Tourn; professional journalist, who deals with migrants, religions, human rights and feminism, and Gianna Giovannangeli, worker in the Differenza Donna Anti-Violence Centers. Coordinator: Ludovica Eugenio, journalist and director of Adista. Simultaneous translation into English will be provided. Request the link to access the Zoom platform at: osservatorioivdonne@gmail.com.
Rome
28th May 2021, 18:00 hours (CEST)

Eucharist Liturgy

Coordinated by Virginia Saldanha of Indian Women Theologians' Forum, an online Zoom event. Please email (( colmholmes2020@gmail.com )) if you wish to attend. You will then be sent an email before the event with a ZOOM link.
Global
17.00hrs (Central European Time) 20.30hrs (India) 16.00hrs (UK and Ireland) 11.00hrs (US East Coast)   Saturday 29th of May 2021

Pentecost: Sophia Spirit Come!

Please join WOW for an international Eucharistic liturgy via zoom on Sunday 16 May at 8pm AEST; 11am CET, 6am EDT led by WATAC (Women and the Australian Church). You are invited to have some bread and wine with you to bless and eat in the liturgy. The theme of the liturgy is Pentecost: Come Sophia Spirit!
Global
Sunday, 16 May | 8 pm AEST | 12 Noon CET | 6 am EDT

Online Event: Australia’s Plenary Council

Peter Wilkinson and David Timbs are members of a small, Melbourne based, Australian Catholic reform advocacy group Catholics for Renewal. It was founded in 2011 by a few practicing Catholic women and men, committed to the vision and promise of Vatican II. Their first public engagement was in response to the revelations of the enormous scope of the clerical child sexual abuse catastrophe in Australia. The group prepared submissions to the 2013 Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into the “Handling of Child Abuse by Religious and Other Organisations” and to the 2013-2017 “Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”. The submissions by Catholics for Renewal were responsible for effecting significant changes in State laws and Church safeguarding protocols. Since its announcement of an Australian Plenary Council in 2016 Catholics for Renewal has devoted their collective energies into setting out what they are convinced are the essential systemic reform and renewal measures that will assist in getting the Catholic Church in Australia back on mission. This has now been published in book form. Please click on MORE INFO to book your FREE ticket on Eventbrite. You will then be sent an email before the event with a ZOOM link
Global
SATURDAY, 15 MAY 2021 | 11.00 A.M. TO 12.30 P.M.

Webinar – Women and Bible – Theo-sophiando with Luis Marian

Luis Marian studied Journalism, and Librarianship and Documentation at the Carlos III University where he now works. He directed the cultural magazine Suburbios, and coordinates the cultural and apologetic movement Delirante.org with activities in different cultural centers and Universities. He was a pastor in a Protestant church in Madrid for 17 years and spokesman for the NGO Enrédate Fuencarral, for youth, childhood and family. He is a lecturer and author of more numerous articles of religious opinion in media such as Protestante Digital, among others.
MexicoSpain
06 May, 2021 | 12 p.m. Mexico | 7 p.m. Spain | Facebook Live : Teologia Feminista

Women Disturb

“Women disturb. This means much more than being troublesome with petitions on the concerns of women's dignity and equality in the Roman Catholic Church. Women productively disturb the system of an institution that is deeply clerical and masculine. They disturb by their presence, by a different look, by questions and approaches that differ and complement one-sided perspectives.” We are honored and excited to invite you to zoom presentation of the new book by Sister Dr. Katharina Ganz. In a fresh and uncompromised way she is analyzing this fruitful presence of women in the Church that pushes this institution to come closer to the Gospel message. With honesty she is describing what is frustrating for Catholic women and what needs to be changed so the dignity of all is respected. This event will be spoken in GERMAN and simultaneously translated to ENGLISH and ITALIAN.
Global
Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7 PM (CEST)

Pilgrimage in Dignity and Equality

Do you enjoy walking? Then join our "pilgrimage in dignity and equality". We shall walk together and explore what dignity is. And equality. In your life. And what it looks like worldwide. We will be in the beautiful Rheingau and meet Sr. Philippa Rath at the St. Hildegard Abbey in the afternoon. We look forward to your participation! (Depending on the pandemic situation, the event might be arranged into a virtual event conducted on a digital platform.)
Germany
08 May, 9:30-16:30 CET

CWC invites you to Share your vocation Story with us!

On 8 March, International Women’s Day, we invite you to share your testimonies with us. Write down what drives you, how you live your faith, what vocation you feel called to. How have you responded to God’s call in your life? How do you feel about the fact that women’s vocations are not spoken about in the church? What is your hope?Please submit your story to info@catholicwomenscouncil.org. Submissions will be published anonymously if you wish.
Global
8th March 2021

Australian Women Preach – Raising the voices of Australian women preaching the Gospel

We're delighted to share news of a new podcast - Australian Women Preach. Launching on International Women's Day on 8 March 2021, and running the 30 weeks leading into the Australian Catholic Church’s historic Plenary Council in October, the podcast will raise the voices of women breaking open the Word of God in ways that are meaningful to people today.
Australia
8th March 2021

Past Initiatives

The CWC network has run common global actions as well as their own locally led initiatives. Click on the button below to browse past pilgrimage actions.

Express yourself

We want to know, what dignity and equality mean to you as a Catholic. Express your ideas in your own creative way – it could be an inspiring message or a vision of the future of our Church, an artwork, a poem or a song. Share a symbol, a sign or a story. We are curious about what you want to add to our mosaique!

Click the pictures below to see how other Catholics around the world are expressing themselves.

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