Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW e-news #9
WOW 2015 International Conference: Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice.
The Conference is less than 2 months away. There's still time to book. We'd love to meet you there.

We'd love to save you money too. Book before 31 July!

Conference Date: 18-20 September, 2015
Location: Downtown Philadelphia Marriott
1201 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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 with Mary Hunt, Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, and Shannen Dee Williams during the day on Friday, September 18th

Up to 31 July fees will be $300
After 31 July fees will be $350

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.


The schedule for the conference is now on the conference website here

Background to speakers here and for panel speakers here

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 have merchandise!

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

Order here WOW 2015 shop

Get yourself noticed!

Register your group, book sale or whatever you want to publicise for an exhibition booth at our conference.

We want our delegates to be blown away by the many and varied exhibits on offer. If you can help, 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 have received applications for financial assistance from people who cannot otherwise afford to come to the conference. Please help enable them to share their valuable experience. 
Donate to solidarity fund


  • Join the worldwide movement for ordination equality
  • Show your support for women called to serve as priests
  • Highlight the consequences of women’s missing history and ministry
  • Help free the Roman Catholic Church from the burden of sexism and the crisis in credibility that exists because of it
  • Cry out that we cannot be a messenger for equal human dignity whilst women are considered unequal for ordination

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. Tweet about the conference or mention on other social media #ordainwomen #WhyWOW
  5. Donate to the travel fund
Please reply to this email for information on any of these.
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Ordination of Jane Kryzanowski

Homily on the occasion of the  Ordination of a Roman Catholic Woman Priest at Regina  July 11, 2015

On this historic day for the church of Saskatchewan, as we celebrate the ordination of its first Roman Catholic woman priest, we gather to surround Jane Kryzanowski with our love and support.  A seed is being sown today for what we pray will be a rich “harvest of justice”, that the "overseer will send out many workers to the harvest".

Read  Marie Bouclin’s complete homily here 

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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