'Visions and Vocations'
Symposium and Book Launch by Catholic Women Speak
Monday, 1st October 2018
10.30 am to 6.30 pm, followed by a reception
Aula San Antonio, Pontifical Antonianum University, Via Merulana 124B, 00185 Rome
Join the Voices of Faith team in supporting our friends at Catholic Women Speak (CWS) for their latest book launch 'Visions and Vocations.' We are proud that young women’s voices have been a running theme for us throughout 2018. This book reprints an interview by VOF alumnus mother/ daughter duo Astrid and Gaya, a talk from Zuzanna Radzik on the female role models and Mary McAleese's impassioned speech at last years IWD event in Rome.
In 2015, CWS published an award-winning anthology to coincide with the Synod of Bishops on the Family titled; Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press, 2015). This year, CWS has compiled a second collection of theological reflections and personal narratives by Catholic women – Visions and Vocations (Paulist Press, 2018) – to coincide with the Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. Contributors include more than 60 women and girls from 20 different countries, ranging in age from 14 to 85.
At this time of crisis in the Roman Catholic Church, both CWS and Voices of Faith believe it is more important than ever to draw attention to the absence of women’s voices from the Church’s leadership and decision-making processes, and to bring to the table the rich insights and wisdom of Catholic women from many different cultures and contexts around the world.
CWS is a global network of women who love the Church and are sustained by and committed to our Catholic faith. That is why we believe that we must stand up and speak out in the struggle for a Church that better reflects the justice, mercy and compassion of God, and that responds to the call to be a community of equals in Christ without divisions of race, class, gender or nation (cf. Galatians 3: 26-28).