Women's Ordination Worldwide
WOW e-news #3

WOW's third international conference will take place in Philadelphia from 18-20 September 2015. Advocates for women's ordination from around the world will gather to celebrate, be inspired, and join together as we grow our movement and go forward. Our hosts will be our member group Women's Ordination Conference (WOC).  The theme of the conference is Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice.

Join us at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street, Philadelphia

Over three days, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Network with individuals and groups working for women’s ordination in all Christian churches,
  • Fully participate in women-centered, feminist theology, liturgies, and leadership in prayerful interfaith action,
  • Learn more about the impacts of the Catholic Church on women and girls around the world,
  • Take a stand against misogyny and sexism in religion. 
Will you be there?
Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) invites you to submit a workshop proposal for the 2015 WOW International Conference: "Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice" to be held in Philadelphia, PA from September 18-20, 2015 at the Philadelphia Downtown Marriott.


We encourage workshops that address the theme of the conference through multicultural, international, feminist, and intersectional lenses. 


Deadline for submissions is April 15th! Please share widely!


Would you or your organisation like to exhibit at our conference?

Details here

Exhibit space application will be accepted through Wednesday 26 August. 

Sr. Teresa Forcades, "Europe's Most Radical Nun," will be at #WOW2015. Will you? 
Teresa Forcades, the radical Catalan nun on a missionTeresa Forcades is a Benedictine nun and a prominent activist for social justice. She is a medical doctor, has a master's degree from Harvard and is a feminist theologian who has been reprimanded by the Vatican for supporting women's rights.


Sister Teresa has gained a huge international following through her criticisms of pharmaceutical companies and her political campaign for the region of Catalonia to gain independence from Spain.


The Outspoken Spanish Nun Who's Made Herself a Political Force (NPR)


Teresa Forcades
Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza 
Theresa Kane 
Tina Beattie
Patricia Fresen
Mary Hunt
Tony Flannery 
Roy Bourgeois
Jamie Manson
Mary John Mananzan
Kate Kelly
Asra Nomani
Maureen Fiedler
Barbara Blaine
Kristina Keneally
Ursula King 
Genny Dumay
Sister. Christine Fernando
Christina Rees 
Dr Paul Collins 
Maeve O'Rourke
Mari Steed

Delegates of Women's Ordination Worldwide

Tina Beattie offers a different way of representing women and girls from that promotional video issued by Rome. 

Tina's blog

The Last Supper painting
The “Last Supper” painting includes 6 women and 2 children at the Passover celebration in Jerusalem. It is historically more accurate than Leonardo Da Vinci’s famous “Last Supper” which is great art but terrible history. It was painted in 1998 by Bohdan Piasecki.
Copies of this inclusive “Last Supper” are available from
WAC Ireland’s website where you can order online and delivery is worldwide. 
The 3 different sizes of the “Last Supper” now available are:
   Large print       38” x 19”     (97cm x 48cm)
   Medium print        16.5” x 8”    (42cm x 20cm)
   Postcards              8” x 4”        (21cm x 10cm) 
We Are Church Ireland is a Not For Profit organisation working for reform of the RC Church and especially for the full equality of women, including all ordained ministries. And of course we are members of WOW

WOW welcomes Libby Lane, First woman bishop in the Church of England
She will be consecrated as the 8th Bishop of Stockport at a ceremony at York Minster on Monday 26 January 2015
We wish her well and pray that God will bless her ministry

Catholic Groups Applaud Vatican Report as "First Step" in Reconciling with U.S. Sisters


From WOC - While the report is a positive first step, reconciliation will not be fully accomplished until the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith removes its unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.


We renew our call to Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), to immediately rescind the mandate and apologize to LCWR sister leaders, especially in light of Pope Francis' recent praise for diversity of theological views, pluralism and reading the "signs of the times."  Until the mandate is removed, the faithful and creative leadership of U.S. sisters remains under unjust Vatican scrutiny.


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They came. They created. They conquered.
15 Badass Art World Heroines Over 70 Years Old
Read about these women and
see their work  

Catholic Women Speak
Tina Beattie has set up a Facebook group called Catholic Women Speak.
Tina writes: This group is intended to serve as a forum where Catholic women can share their visions, hopes, struggles and stories in anticipation of the Pontifical Council for Culture's Assembly on 'Women's Cultures' in February 2015, and the Synod on the Family in October 2015. It is important that this page remains a genuinely open forum for those across the Catholic spectrum, so I hope that we will express ourselves and engage with one another in rigorous but also respectful and dignified conversation, even in areas where there might be profound differences and disagreements. For the time being group membership is restricted to those who self-identify as Catholic women.
If you’re on Facebook and would like to be part of the group, please reply to this email and we can invite you to be a member.

Widen the circle at the Family Synod. Please sign the open letter to Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri and the Bishops of the World
Janice Sevre-Duszynska reviews this book here

Janice Sevre-Duszynska is a Roman Catholic Womanpriest, peace and justice activist, and a retired teacher.
Register for WOW 2015
Donate to WOW Solidarity Fund

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 Light around this planet to wherever and whomever is in need of Light. Help us and all people whom we serve to immerse ourselves in the Gospel.