Sr. Elizabeth Davis (RSM), was one of 54 women voting members at the historic “Synod on Synodality” at the Vatican from October 4-29, 2023. In this recording of her January 17 presentation, for which 300 persons registered, she speaks of her experience of being a Synod member, some challenges/opportunities she sees for Catholics world wide, some implications of being “a synodal church in mission”, and her sense of urgency in the importance of Catholics engaging the process more deeply, prior to the next session of the Synod in October 2024.
This Zoom was inspired by the example of nine members of the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) who also went to Rome in October 2023, participated in a “Synod outside the walls”, and met with Elizabeth at that time.
The Zoom was actualized through a unique collaboration among the Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE-Western region), Reseau Compassion Network (RCN), the Grey Nuns of Montreal (SGM), and the Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions (RNDM).
May this video help all of us discern how we can further participate in the process of becoming a Synodal church.
CNWE members in Canada participated in the Synod in Rome, through prayer, intention and action. Members were encouraged to take a photo of themselves in solidarity, and Sr. Giang Pham put those photos and reflections together, into this 7 minute video on YouTube:
Thursday I was the guest speaker at a luncheon organized by the Centre for Women’s Studies in Theology at the Faculty of Theology, Catholic University of Leuven (Louvain) Belgium. I had been involved in founding the Centre in 1993.
While I was asked to speak to several questions, I did manage to describe what our CNWE team did in Rome, our rationale, and how we did our legwork with the media. Those present were almost all young graduate and doctoral students in theology, and the reaction I heard back was deep disappointment about the misogyny in the Church (using just that term). I was asked if I saw even a tiny crack in the stained-glass ceiling, and I said Yes — just a hairline crack. I let speakers know that they were heard, and encouraged them to hope and to work for reform in this historic moment.
Then I met two longtime friends for coffee, two religious sisters, 86 and 87 years old. And they were interested in what we did as well.
So the tent expands a tiny bit further…
Greetings all. Here is a 20 minute video of our October 4 prayer at Cardinal Flahiff’s grave, that was put together by one of our Sisters, Giang Pham. The day was cold, grey, wet and windy. You can hear the wind blowing in the recording. (“fill the earth, bring it to birth, and blow where you will” – as Miriam Therese Winters sings.)
Sr. Giang also did well in picking up the sound – i.e. the voices and the music. And while it’s a “phone video”, it has an artistry, and reflects a moment of community larger than us all.
A transcript of the service is available on YouTube, in the description.