Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW e-news #7
Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) welcomes and appreciates your support for the WOW 2015 International Conference: Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice.
Conference Date: 18-20 September, 2015
Location: Downtown Philadelphia Marriott
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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).

Dublin 9 May - Sr Teresa Forcades talks about the misogynist Catholic Church and her talk at the WOW conference in Philadelphia in September 2015

Sr Teresa Forcades had a full house for her talk in Dublin.
She spoke for 90 minutes without any notes with great conviction and sincerity. Her appeal for more power to the people and a more equitable sharing of wealth was hugely popular with this audience. I was amazed to hear her explain how the Trinity confirms her political views of moving forward towards a common goal.

Colm Holmes (pictured with Getrude Gill and Sr. Teresa)

Registration information

Includes all conference workshops, opening event cake reception, morning and afternoon breaks.  

You are also invited to attend our academic seminar free of charge! This will be a once-in-a-lifetime theologically-driven experience during the day on Friday, September 18th

Up to 31 July fees will be $300
After 31 July fees will be $315

You can opt to share a room. They 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

Some people are contacting the Marriott directly to reserve their rooms which means they 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.
Please book your rooms via the WOW booking form operated by NIX - they 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.

Make an exhibition of yourself
(or your organisation/book sale etc.)

We have already had a number of groups register for an exhibition booth but we would like more! 

We want our conference delegates to be exposed to as many inspiring and stimulating topics as possible so if you have something to offer, please book a booth

Booth price which includes one conference registration is $500

Exhibit space application will be accepted through Wednesday 26 August. 
Exhibit at WOW 2015

We believe that the exclusion of women from ordination in the Roman Catholic Church reinforces the oppression and poverty of women and girls around the world. We want to include some of those who cannot afford to travel to our conference. We have set up a solidarity fund to help with travel costs. Please help someone to get there

Please help us make WOW's third conference in Philadelphia 18 - 20 September a success.

Many ways you can support us 
  1. Pray (See the WOW 2015 conference prayer below). You will be joining with many throughout the world who are praying this lovely prayer.
  2. Register!
  3. Donate to help defray costs and support scholarships
  4. Donate air miles
  5. Organise a vigil calling for women's ordination at your local cathedral on a special feast day e.g. 24 May Pentecost and distribute flyers for the conference
  6. Tweet about the conference or mention on other social media
  7. Donate to the travel fund
Please reply to this email for information on any of these.

WOW fundraiser organised by Australian WOW members. A great success! More

Pictured Hilary Charlesworth, Kristina Keneally and Marilyn Hatton. Kristina is a WOW conference speaker.

Federal appeals court has ordered the immediate release of an 85-year-old nun and two fellow Catholic peace activists who vandalized a uranium storage bunker read more 

A great triumph for love, justice and joy in Ireland. Unfortunately not everywhere though - yet. Please support a petition to reinstate Father Warren Hall who has been sacked for opposing anti-gay discrimination. Sign here. 

Some interesting links

Why are our young women not going to Church?

Crisis of Catholic Authority: Faith and Power in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska by Rachel Pokora

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin on the vote in Ireland

Pope Francis “women were taken from a rib”

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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