Catholic Network for Women’s Equality (CNWE) and Concerned Lay Catholics (CLC) Collaborate to Nurture Synodality!

On the afternoon of Sunday March 3, reform-minded Catholics are invited to join CNWE and CLC for a conversation about the Synod on Synodality in relation to the work for women’s equality in the Catholic Church. Please plan to join the conversation for an early celebration of International Women’s Day!
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Video: Synod Discussion on Zoom with Sister Elizabeth Davis

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.

Video: Prayer for the Synod at Cardinal Flahiff’s Grave: October 4, 2023

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.

CNWE New Brunswick Annual Purple Stole Vigil 2012

View TV News coverage of the New Brunswick Purple Stole Event here!

CTV New Brunswick Coverage of Purple Stole Event

The New Brunswick chapter of CNWE held its annual Purple Stole Vigil in support of women’s equality in the Catholic Church on the Tuesday of Holy Week, April 3, 2012.  The annual Vigil takes place in front of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Saint John New Brunswick immediately prior to the Chrism mass. At this mass the priests of the diocese gather to renew their vows, and the sacramental oils to be used throughout the liturgical year are blessed and distributed to representatives of every parish in the diocese.

Prior to the Vigil, 27 women and men, members and supporters of CNWE from around the province gathered in a facility near the cathedral.   Following a brown bag lunch and a time to socialize we entered into a prayer service which lead us into our silent vigil. We proceeded in silence to the front of the Cathedral with our banner, and signs where we stood in silence for the hour preceding the mass.

As we stood in our silent vigil we handed out the CNWE brochure to anyone who wished to engage us in conversation while maintaining our silence.  We did receive a couple of negative comments but received more, quietly supportive comments.