What began as a regular get together of five young Catholic women in Canberra, in 2005, has grown into a national movement, with a vibrant national conference next month, reports the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney.
The Sisterhood Catholic Women's Movement brings together many hundreds of women across Australia who meet each week in faith, friendship and laughter.
It has been embraced by women in every corner of Australia with groups of eight to 12 women getting together on a regular basis to support one another, share their stories and their lives and above all to deepen their faith and love of God.
'Women have a deep desire to connect with one another,' says Karen Doyle, one of the original five women who founded the Sisterhood eight and a half years ago.
'We are thrilled at the way the movement has taken off. It shows there was a great need for something like this that gives women a chance to support one another, explore their faith and discover what it means to be a Catholic woman in the 21st Century.'
Next month the Sisterhood will hold the movement's sixth annual conference with 200 women of all ages spending a three-day weekend at Stanwell Park, south of Sydney to hear some of Australia's most outstanding and inspiring speakers, to exchange their own stories and to fully appreciate the great gift of womanhood.
The theme of this year's conference is Beloved Daughter with the speakers and workshops enlarging on this and exploring what it means to be a 'beloved daughter of God.'
'A key message will also be the vocation of womanhood and how God is calling us to love in a way that is unique to our femininity,' Karen says.
One of the highlights of the conference will be the launch of a four-part DVD discussion guide on Blessed John Paul II's teaching on Women and the Feminine Genius. The 30 minute DVD comes with a booklet and discussion guide.
The DVD has been created by Choicez Media, the company founded by Karen and her husband Jonathan Doyle to empower and equip young people with the knowledge, skills and motivation to make positive choices and enrich their lives.
FULL STORY Sisterhood Embraces Women of All Ages in Friendship & Faith (Archdiocese of Sydney)