In 1995, Pope John Paul II said, “woman has a genius all her own, which is vitally essential to both society and the Church.” The Church understands that a woman, created in the image of God, bears within herself unique gifts that make a tremendous contribution to the world. The more a woman draws near to Jesus Christ and cultivates a rich spiritual life in the Church, her gifts are illumined and her capacities flourish. This not only affords a woman deep personal fulfillment, but also gives her the capacity to bring about the transformation of lives, culture and society. To learn more about what the Church teaches about women, check out this short video:
The Church wishes to support women in the journey of discovering their dignity and in living out their vocation. Here are some great faith formation programs and events that you might consider:
Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is a Catholic study program that engages the intellect of women and teenage girls to help them understand their God-given dignity and respond to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence to transform every aspect of life and society.
Walking with Purpose
Walking with Purpose aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion based on Sacred Scripture that link our everyday challenges and struggles with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Roman Catholic Church.
Malvern Women’s Retreats
Malvern Retreat House (Malvern, PA) is known for its Catholic women’s weekend retreats and Evenings of Recollection. Our weekends offer private adoration time, uplifting liturgies, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, communal prayer with women for the Stations of the Cross, socialization and group faith-sharing. While staying with us, you will experience our gift of hospitality; clean, comfortable, private rooms and delicious meals served by our retreat-friendly staff. Non-Catholics are always welcome to participate in a retreat.
Women of Grace
Women of Grace informs, instructs, and inspires women through its many outreaches including Women of Grace radio and television programs, the Women of Grace Study Program, the Benedicta Leadership Institute for Women, life-changing conferences and retreats, and a dynamic new, interactive website. This multi-faceted approach encourages every woman to discover how her feminine nature holds the key to real fulfillment and lasting peace.
WINE – Women in the New Evangelization
WINE is a creative and inspired ministry to invigorate Catholic parishes through encouraging, supporting, and nurturing women in the faith and by equipping and mobilizing women as intentional disciples of Christ.
Catholic Women’s Conference
The Catholic Women’s Conference is sponsored annually by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and Endow. It seeks to address Catholic perspectives on current news and issues affecting women – and how we, as women of faith, can respond with an authentic feminine presence to transform every aspect of life and society.