Upcoming event: Catholic Women Speak: Leadership in the Church 

Date: Wednesday 12 December 2018 
Time: 5.30pm (for 6pm start) 
Location: ACU Leadership Centre, Level 3, Cathedral House, 229 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane
Cost: $70 (includes light meal and drinks)

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To celebrate the launch of the second Catholic Women Speak book, Visions and Vocations, this evening will open a space for a theologically informed conversation about women in leadership in ecclesial communities and organisations.

Bringing together a diverse range of voices (including from our audience), we will ask: how can we support the presence and formation of women for leadership roles in the Church?

Catholic women in Church leadership

The theme provokes the question: Is it possible? But perhaps this is the wrong question and even approach.

What could and should the Church look like in the future? What kind of leadership does that imply? What needs to change? And what is the role women have and need to develop more in helping to make this happen?

Pope Francis asks for help when he says “I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church... Demands that the legitimate rights of women be respected, based on the firm conviction that men and women are equal in dignity, present the Church with profound and challenging questions which cannot be lightly evaded… This presents a great challenge for pastors and theologians, who are in a position to recognize more fully what this entails with regard to the possible role of women in decision-making in different areas of the Church’s life.” Evangelii Gaudium 103-104

This forum seeks to open a space of grounded theological dialogue on this challenge. It will be based on real, past and present experiences of women and men in ecclesial leadership, and informed by respectful, intelligent and inclusive contribution of people from across Australia. This is one of the themes the Plenary Council will have to address, for the good of the universal Church and the faith of the future generations. The aim is to open a space that could encourage and animate that quest.

Our panellists

Ms Andrea Dean

Director, Office for the Participation of Women and Director, Lay Pastoral Ministry, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference

Professor Jim Nyland

Associate Vice-Chancellor (Queensland), Australian Catholic University

Ms Jenny Parker

Partner EY, Oceania Health and Life Sciences Leader

Dr Maeve Louise Heaney

Director, Xavier Centre for Theological Formation

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