Online breakfast to examine women’s role in the Church

Sr Clare Condon SGS and Sr Elizabeth Young RSM (ACRATH)

ACRATH will host an online breakfast exploring creative possibilities of leadership in the Catholic Church and the challenges some women face. Source: ACRATH.

The breakfast gathering will take place on Tuesday, August 16, at 8am AEST and will feature talks by Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) President Clare Condon SGS and member Elizabeth Young RSM, followed by opportunities for discussion.

ACRATH Executive Officer Christine Carolan said the breakfast was “an action” response to the discussion during the recent Plenary Council.

“The breakfast is a chance to focus on the role of women as leaders in the Church in the 21st century,” Ms Carolan said.

While women are limited in many aspects of leadership in the Church, women founded ACRATH almost 20 years ago and women hold most governance and management positions.

Sr Clare said she would use the opportunity to encourage women to take leadership and use their gifts for the future of the Church. “I want to be able to encourage them to explore a variety of ways to exercise their leadership. Also, what to do when they find it challenging to make headway and how to be creative in leadership,” she said.

Sr Young, who works in regional NSW, said being part of ACRATH has alerted her to major suffering and injustices of exploited people, especially women, around the world.

She said she believes women should be part of every leadership structure to bring diversity and models of leadership that can be “inclusive, discerning, prayerful, collaborative and empowering/transformative”.


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