Toronto CNWE: Conscience, Conflict and Compassion – A Day of Reflection

With Caroline Dawson IBVM
Saturday November 3, 2012, 9:30-3:30 pm
At Loretto College 70 St. Mary Street Toronto
(Two blocks south of Bay St. subway station, paid parking on street
or off St. Joseph Street behind TST building)

Gather for coffee 9:30am
Reflection Day 10:00am to 3:30pm
Lunch will be provided

Suggested donation $20.00 or what you can afford.


Please register by Friday October 26 with:

Caroline Dawson was born and raised in Niagara Falls, an experience which gave her a deep love for creation and nature. She joined the Loretto Sisters in 1958. She did her BA and teacher training at the University of Toronto. She taught high school in Weyburn, Toronto and Guelph before starting theological studies in 1971 (one of the first two women admitted to the M. Div programme at St. Michael’s College). Invited to join the staff in 1976, she became a faculty member the following year with her appointment as Director of Field Education. She completed the Doctor of Ministry programme in 1984, again the first woman accepted into the programme. In the late eighties Caroline joined the team at Providence Spirituality Centre in Kingston. In 2001 she accepted an invitation to the Loretto Spirituality Centre in Niagara Falls and continued in ministry in Niagara Falls after the Centre closed. Caroline returned to Toronto in 2010. One of her continuing ministries is as faculty member of the Haden Institute, a programme that trains people to be spiritual directors/companions. Some of Caroline’s main interests include feminism, adult learning, spiritual direction, mystery books, politics, movies and history.

Hildegard of Bingen Named Doctor of the Church

Press Release
October 5th, 2012

The Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) celebrates the proclamation by Pope Benedict XVI on October 7th, 2012 of St. Hildegard of Bingen as a Doctor of the Church. St. Hildegard is only the fourth women to whom this title has been given and it is bestowed in recognition of the influence of her writing on Catholic theology and doctrine. St. Hildegard of Bingen was a 12th century mystic, prophet, teacher, poet, and musician who founded two monasteries. She was a respected leader in the medieval church who did not hesitate to call both emperors and popes to account. Her writing and music continue to inspire people and her example of faith and courage serve as a role model for Catholic women everywhere who work for equality and justice.

For over thirty years members of CNWE have shared a faithful commitment to social justice for all women. We celebrate the fact that we are part of a long history of women’s contributions to the Christian faith. Our movement embraces a broad range of Catholic women and men across Canada for whom an inclusive church that is accountable to all of its members is important. Our work for women’s equality in the church and the world is internationally respected and part of a network of pro-change Catholic movements around the globe. For further information on membership, see or visit us on Facebook.

Media inquiries:
Atlantic Canada: Cathy Holtmann, (506) 476-1080,
Central Canada: Mary Ellen Chown,
Western Canada: Therese Koturbash, (204) 622-7002,