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Women’s Faith Formation

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:

Behold Visio Divina
Behold is a program specifically built to give women the skills needed to pray using Visio Divina. This method of prayer is a complement to Lectio Divina, which is an encounter with God through open receptivity to His Word in Scripture. ​Visio Divina allows God to change one’s life by not only listening to Him, but also encountering Him through art.  Our focus is to help women know of their dignity by praying on Mary’s feminine genius and finding the gifts that God has given them in their femininity. 

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.

You are Made New
Through coaching, healing retreats, and the power of community, we invite the Lord to lead us into deeper conversion, healing, and freedom. Our retreats and pastoral care services equip women to attune to their inner spiritual experience, growing in understanding, discernment and ever closer to God. 

FIERCE Athlete
We envision a world in which every female athlete knows her identity in Christ and lives a full, integrated life. To realize this vision, our mission is to promote true and authentic identity and femininity within female athletics.

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.  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.