What is the role of women in the church today?

At this critical time of the Plenary Council, WATAC, CRA and ACU invite you to listen and reflect on the tradition of the Catholic Church, and to discover insights and actions in response to the following question: What is the role of women in the church today?



28 April 2022

7 – 9pm AEST

Online (a unique link to attend will be emailed to you before the event)

Three speakers will offer three different perspectives from their field of expertise. There will also be time for you to dialogue in response to each of these speakers and in plenary together.


Dr Patricia Madigan OP

Dr Patricia Madigan OP is a member of the Dominican Sisters of Eastern Australia and the Solomon Islands. She is a prominent leader in ecumenical and interfaith relations in the Catholic Church in Sydney, and currently is a sessional lecturer in Church History in the Diploma in Pastoral Ministry program at Divine Word University Papua New Guinea.

Dr Tracy McEwan

Dr Tracy McEwan is a theologian and sociologist of religion. Her doctoral thesis explored the religious identity and participation of Gen X Catholic women in Australia. Tracy is a research affiliate at the University of Newcastle and a sessional tutor at BBI-TAITE. She is the current vice president of WATAC (Women and the Australian Church) and has served on the executive committee of the global Catholic Women’s Council. Through her research and activist work Tracy seeks to empower women to “be church”.

Dr Tina Beattie

Tina Beattie is Professor Emerita of Catholic Studies at the University of Roehampton in London and Director of Catherine of Siena College, an online college based at Roehampton. Since leaving her full-time academic post in 2020 she has been working on research, writing in various genres (academic publications, journalism and fiction), and engaging in networks dedicated to the promotion of women's dignity and rights in Church and society. She is the founder of the international Catholic Women Speak network and on the Executive Committee of the Catholic Women's Council.

Registration by Friday 22 April 2022 is essential. A unique link to attend will be emailed to you before the event.

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