Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW e-news #10
WOW 2015 International Conference: Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice.
Less than a month to go but there's still time to register

Conference Date: 18-20 September, 2015
Location: Downtown Philadelphia Marriott
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
We are excited to announce that by popular demand we can now process daily rates for those who are unable to attend the full conference. 

The daily is $175, per day. To register for one day, please fill out the registration form as if you are attending the full conference. At the end, you will need to enter a special discount code. Please enter one of the following codes: FRIDAY, SATURDAY or SUNDAY (depending on which day you plan to attend).
If you have any difficulty, please contact our conference registrar and speak with Lauren Pimmel, at 314-645-1455. 

If you have already registered, thank you! Please share this email with a friend. If you have not registered, now's the time! Please consider joining us in Philadelphia for an incredible three days of speakers, workshops, and celebration. See the full schedule here.

Background to speakers here and here
Words for WOW

As we gather to end discrimination in the Roman Catholic Church, WOW would love ideas for an eye-catching slogan that will help us appeal for change as well as some prayerful words to help harness spiritual strength. 
Share your ideas for a new women's ordination rallying cry or a brief prayer and see your words on posters and cards that can be distributed to supporters throughout the landmark conference and subsequent papal visit to the US. WOW friends around the world can also order postcards and posters to use at local prayer vigils and witnessing events.
Please submit your ideas by the 3rd September and we will select some new slogans and prayers to have produced by our merchandise partner Cafe Press

We have merchandise!

T - shirts, bags, buttons, bottles, mugs and much more all with beautiful WOW logo.

Order here WOW 2015 shop
WOW  in the PRESS
Kate McElwee was interviewed by Maria Johnson for Reasonably Catholic. Starts at 20:10

WOW speaker Tony Flannery's article in Irish Times expresses hope that Pope Francis will recognise women's call to ordination

See also article about Fr Tony at WOW 
WOW is so happy to have the endorsement of Sister Joan Chittister and Martin Sheen. We are keeping the registration fee at $300 to ceilbrate. Discount code JOAN

Registration information
Includes all conference workshops and opening event cake reception.

You are also invited to attend our academic seminar free of charge! This will be a once-in-a-lifetime theologically-driven experience with Mary Hunt, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, and Shannen Dee Williams during the day on Friday, September 18th

You can opt to share a room and conference organisers will match you up with another delegate. The rooms are large with two double beds in each.

If you use a different currency, the registration process includes conversion.

Important note about booking for the conference

When booking your hotel room, please do so only through the registration form operated by NIX on the WOW registration site. By contacting Marriott directly you are missing out on the special reduced rate that WOW has negotiated at $159 per room per night. The current rate offered by the Marriott on-line is $259 so if you book via WOW it is a big saving.
You will need a credit card to reserve/secure the room but no money will be taken from that card. It just acts to guarantee the booking. Rooms will be paid at the hotel at checkout.

We are excited to announce Astrid Lobo Gajiwala as a keynote speaker at #WOW2015!

Teresa Kane - keynote speaker WOW2015

During the opening ceremony of WOW 2015 we will be joined by Sr. Theresa Kane, RSM -- truly a woman of vision and courage. In her name, we will launch the inaugural "Theresa Kane, woman of Vision and Courage Award," and honor several women gathered. 


Please join WOC in lifting up the names and ministries of women you know who, like Theresa Kane, prophetically lives out her vision of an inclusive, equal and just Roman Catholic Church.

WOC will also honor a local Philadelphia leader, a feminist under forty, and a grassroots activist. Please click here: 
Nominations are now open! 


If you haven't registered yet, there is still time to do so and be part of WOC herstory. If you have already registered, thank you! 

There's still a few days left to register for an exhibition booth at our conference.

Booth price which includes one conference registration is $500.

Exhibit space application will be accepted through Wednesday. 26 August. 
Exhibit at WOW 2015
Gender Gospel and Global Justice
There's still time to donate to help those in developing world get to the conference
Donate to solidarity fund
Please pray for Dr Alexandra Dyer. It is not clear yet whether this attack is due to her ordination as a Roman Catholic Women Priest, as the assailant remains at large.
St Clare of Assisi blessing the bread before Pope Innocent IV by Giovanni di Paolo (now in the Yale University Art Gallery)

St Clare blessed the bread for Pope Innocent lV - who will bless the bread for Pope Francis?
Feastday of St Clare of Assisi (11 August)


Around AD 1455 in Siena, Tuscany, the painter Giovanni di Paolo created a small panel titled “St Clare of Assisi blessing the bread before Pope Innocent IV” (now in the Yale University Art Gallery). He represented a well known story which has Clare ask the pope on the occasion of his visit to her community to bless bread.

According to the story in the Fioretti Innocent IV insisted that Clare herself bless the bread. As she did so, miraculously, the sign of the cross appeared on the bread.

The painter depicts a woman with her right hand authoritatively stretched out in priestly blessing over the three small round loaves on the table. The miraculously transformed bread with the cross now imprinted resembles the large Eucharistic hosts reserved for priests.The painting frames these three host-like breads:on the right stands the pope, bowing both to the blessed bread and to Clare,with the remainder of that side filled with the papal entourage who exude power.

The left side of the painting is filled with Clare, alone,with the bread she has transformed.Her hand is outstreched in blessing over the bread.Clare’s head is surrounded by a large halo.The pope, on the other side wears his tiara and the cardinals their red hats.The painter has chosen to display the power of female sanctity in the face of male clerical power and God’s authentication of this female power over bread, to which a pope can only bow. (see Gender Differences And The Making Of Liturgical History by Teresa Berger).

There is a large fresco representing that same event on the wall of the convent refectory in San Damiano, where it actually happened. In that painting the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove is also present….a strong reminder of the epiclesis during the Eucharist. For some strange reason that fresco is normally kept hidden from sight to the general public, with no reproductions available. When queried as to why this invisibility, the reply from the Poor Clare sister in charge was: "It is not yet time". Eight centuries later!…

Thanks to Colm Holmes

Please pray for Jimmy Carter
Always worth another look

Love is our Mission - A Church for All
At the end of an inspirational conference it’s good to have somewhere to take one’s enthusiasm.
Please join us after the WOW conference closing ceremony on Sunday 20 September at 3pm. WOW will be co-hosting a vigil with other Catholic reform groups in the city of Philadelphia starting at the Cathedral at 3pm. We will celebrate the impending arrival of Pope Francis to the US and join together to pray for a successful visit.
WOW has negotiated an extended special rate of $159 for a limited number of rooms in our conference hotel (Marriott Downtown) for Sunday night so please book your room as soon as possible as they are selling out fast (direct price is $299 per room).
WOW Conference Prayer
We are mindful that Your Spirit, Loving Creator, has awakened in us and in those upon whose shoulders we stand, an awareness of Your Life and Voice within and around us. We listen, clothed in the sacred garments of the Good News of Jesus the Christ. We listen, assured that You have formed and gifted our hearts and minds for all that calls us forward. We listen, believing with gratitude, that you have prepared us for this moment in history when women shall stand firmly and fully in any and every dimension of ministry.
Help us, those who plan this important conference, and those who plan to participate in its offerings, to drink deeply of Your Wisdom and Vision as revealed in the Gospel. May that Cup of the Gospel assist us as we gather from around the globe to create a conference which will offer ways to seek and proclaim, and thereby reveal the Gospel pathway of justice for women and men, their children, people of faith everywhere, and for our living planet that nourishes all life dwelling upon it.
Our hope and our belief is that Your Justice will arise anew in every person attending this conference, and that this same Justice, in the power of Love, will fill willing hearts with courage and commitment to carry forth Love’s Embrace around this planet to wherever and whomever is in need of Love. Help us and all people whom we serve to immerse ourselves in the Gospel.
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