Synod on Synodality

Posted on May 17, 2024 2024

After meeting on Zoom with CNWE delegates in Rome for the start of the Vatican Synod on Synodality in October 2023, Sr. Elizabeth Davis (RSM) has graciously invited continuous conversation with Canadian Catholics. She shares her experience of the Synod while also listening to the hopes and yearnings for a synodal church.

Posted on February 26, 2024

In 2021, Pope Francis initiated a process to seek global input from Catholics about how we could become a more synodal church. “Synodality” (walking together) requires the participation of all to discern what the Spirit is calling the Catholic Church to be in our time.

Posted on February 12, 2024

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!

Posted on January 25, 2024

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, she speaks of her experience of being a Synod member, the implications of being “a synodal church in mission”, and the importance of Catholics engaging the process more deeply.

Posted on October 24, 2023

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, rndm put those photos and reflections together, into this 7 minute video on YouTube.

Posted on October 22, 2023 by Susan K. Roll

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.   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.  

Posted on October 17, 2023 by Veronica Dunne

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.)

Posted on October 17, 2023 by Susan K. Roll

On Friday evening October 13, I was invited to join a group of German women to tell the story of what we nine CNWE folks did in Rome the other week. The occasion was a weekend pilgrimage in the footsteps of Hildegard of Bingen, directed by Annette Esser of the Scivias Institute in Bad Kreuznach, Germany.

Posted on October 14, 2023 

Here is a two minute video, sent out by the U.S. based Women’s Ordination Conference (WOC).  The  “Women’s Walk” they organized (WOC’s Walk as it were!) was one of their actions in which the “CNWE Nine” participated. To get a sense of the Women’s Walk on the ground, please enjoy this gorgeous video…

Posted on October 13, 2023 by Mary Ellen Chown

As I reflect on our last day in Rome, I will remember it as a day of powerful public witness, prayerful remembrance, and deep gratitude. We gathered for the “Walk with Women” in the courtyard of our residence in the early afternoon sun: each of us in purple, symbolic of women’s equality in the Church.

Posted on October 12, 2023 

Michelle LaRose, who attended the October 4 prayer service at the grave of Cardinal Flahiff in Winnipeg, in solidarity with the CNWE delegation in Rome, was asked for comment by French language CBC Radio Canada. Listen to her commentson the Radio Canada website (in French).

Posted on October 9, 2023 by Rev Roberta Fuller

We, CNWE, came for the WOC Vigil for gender equity & we went to the Women’s March for Women’s Rights, – for human rights in our own Roman Catholic Church, yet all this time, we have been in the midst of Rome, the eternal city.





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