Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW Jubilee for Women Priests
Women priests spotted in Rome!

We are delighted to announce that the striking images of women priests by Giulia Bianchi have been posted by city officials. The metre high posters, sponsored by Women's Ordination Worldwide, advocate for an opening of the discussion of women's ordination and feminist ministries. There has been media coverage of our poster campaign already including The Huffington Post and The Guardian We hope everyone will be inspired by these beautiful posters and will join us in exposing the sin of sexism in the Catholic Church.

This one was seen  in Trastevere this morning!
WOW is settling in to our HQ in Rome for the two next weeks whilst we prepare and host our 'Jubilee for Women Priests'. Thanks to all our wonderful supporters and WOW members who have made this possible.


Miriam Duignan (UK),
Kate McElwee (Italy/USA),
Pat Brown (UK)
Erin Saiz Hanna (USA),
Therese Koturbash (Canada),
Women’s Ordination Advocates to Host “Jubilee for Women Priests” During Vatican Celebrations of the Priesthood

Throughout the Year of Mercy, the Vatican is hosting celebrations at St. Peter’s Basilica, and from June 1-3 Pope Francis will mark the “Jubilee for Priests.”  In response, women’s ordination advocates will host a “Jubilee for Women Priests,” which offers an opportunity to celebrate a renewed image of the priesthood – one that is inclusive and welcoming of all people. Our Jubilee comes as Pope Francis is calling for the Church to “see in the women’s movement the working of the Spirit for a clearer recognition of the dignity and rights of women.” (Amoris Laetitia) 


A Jubilee for Women Priests:
Wednesday, 1 June 2016
La casa internazionale delle donne
Via della Lungara, 19 Sala Tosi

3-5 pm: “Open the Door to Dialogue”, a roundtable conversation and Q&A with speakers including Rev. Dana English,Fr. Tony Flannery, Jamie L Manson, Dr. Marinella Perroni & chaired by Kate McElwee

Media are welcome to ask questions during the discussion and conduct interviews before or after the event.

5 -6 pm: WOW Signature Drinks Reception 
Cocktails and canapes to celebrate our 20th anniversary

6- 8 pm: Women Priests Project: Photo exhibition and presentation by artist Giulia Bianchi
Friday, 3 June 2016
Piazza Pia 

(garden of Castel Sant'Angelo)

 8 am: Open Door Witness

WOW activists will hold a “purple stole” witness (the international symbol for women’s ordination) and offer a visual guide to opening the “Door to Dialogue.”
WOW will then walk the pilgrim’s path to St. Peter’s as the Jubilee Mass for Priests gets underway.  Pope Francis has said, “this Jubilee Year of Mercy excludes no one”, so we will take our place in prayerful vigil in the square.

For more information and to donate to support our campaign in Rome, please visit:

Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW), founded in 1996 at the First European Women's Synod in Austria, is an ecumenical network of national and international groups whose primary mission at this time is the admission of Roman Catholic women to all ordained ministries.
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