Women's Ordination Worldwide

WOW e-news #5
Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) welcomes and appreciates your support of 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
You have until 15 April to register at the early bird rate of $275

Registration information

Includes all conference workshops, opening event drinks 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

After 15th of April 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.
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.

15 April is also the deadline for submitting a workshop proposal
Propose a Workshop

Would you or your organisation like to exhibit at our conference?
One booth includes one conference registration.

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

At the 2015 Voices of Faith storytelling event, a group of remarkable women shared their personal stories demonstrating how their unwavering faith has positively impacted their life, greater society and the world. WOW keynote speaker, Tina Beattie spoke on the panel on women's leadership

Voices of Faith  8 March  The Vatican

Read Kate McElwee's reflections on this event 

The Feast of the Annunciation holds a special place in the hearts of women's ordination supporters: for the past 21 years, women's ordination advocates around the world have prayed in solidarity for women's full and equal inclusion in the Catholic Church.
This September the spotlight will be on Philadelphia as WOW's third conference  will amplify the voices and prayers of Catholic women, setting the stage for Pope Francis' visit to the U.S.  

Will you stand in solidarity with us and say yes to women's full equality in our Church? Here are ways you can support this global effort:
  1. Pray (See the WOW 2015 conference prayer below)
  2. Register for the conference
  3. Donate to help defray costs & support scholarships
  4. Donate airline miles 
  5. Organize a vigil calling for women's ordination during a Chrism Mass at your local cathedral this Holy Week & distribute flyers for the conference

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

The Vatican ended a six-year inquiry into U.S. nuns with a report designed to bury their differences and celebrate their contribution to the Catholic Church.

Known as an Apostolic Visitation, the inquiry took place between 2009 and 2012 and included a questionnaire, personal interviews and visits to around 90 religious institutions across the United States.
Sr. Sharon Holland, president of the LCWR, who also attended the Vatican media conference, said her members would be “affirmed and strengthened” by what she called an “honest report,” while stressing it was not a “document of blame.”
Asked if it defused the differences between the Vatican and her members, she said: “It is not a truce. We are not at war.” She also acknowledged that Francis was having a positive effect and a “certain freshness” in the Church. More

Miriam Duignan writes about Pope Francis and women in Conscience. pp 19 - 23

Mary Sings

My soul is a glass: gaze and see
how great is Mother God.
And my spirit sings out in joy,
for Mercy has come to save.
For the One who is Mighty has taken flesh in me
Holy is Wisdom.
Holy is that Wisdom that shall be born
and called Emmanuel
Yes, my soul is a glass:
gaze and see how great is Mother God.
My spirit sings out in joy
for the Mercy who comes to save.
Because I mirror the motherhood
of the One who gives me birth.
Yes, from this day forward
all who are born of woman may call me full of joy.
For the Mighty One has done great things to me.
And holy is that Wisdom
which is before all things,
That Mercy reaching from age to age
to all who reverence her
Power is in the arm that shelters and embraces me.
Routed shall be the proud of heart.
Down from their thrones shall princes fall,
while the lowly learn that the least are greatest.
Mother God will give her breast to those who hunger,
and the rich shall go away with parched tongues.
Light will fall on the path of those
who escape from the snare.

originally published in: Ritamary Bradley, In the Jaws of the Bear (Toronto: Peregrina Publishing Co., 1991) p. 3.

Mary McAleese hits her target! Read the article in the Irish Examiner

The Archdiocese of Bombay is set to become the first in the country to adopt a clear policy on preventing and redressing sexual harassment of women in the Church.
The gender policy of the Catholic Church in India, will also include activities to ensure gender equality in health, education and social development sectors and to increase the role of women. This is a first-of-its-kind policy in the universal Catholic Church. More

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.


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