Events:  Women's Flourishing

Consecration of Bishop-elect Helen Kennedy: January 22
In October, the Venerable Helen Kennedy was elected as thirteenth Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Qu’Appelle. Bishop-Elect Kennedy is to be ordained to the episcopate at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Regina on Saturday, January 22, 2022, with the Most Rev. Greg Kerr-Wilson, Archbishop of Calgary and Metropolitan of Rupert’s Land, presiding.

The service may be viewed online at 2 p.m. on January 22 at

Celebrating Brigit of Kildare

In this one-hour sacred journey, meet Brigit of Kildare as a wisdom figure and mentor for our time.

Featuring video clips with Dolores Whelan in Faughart, and Sr. Mary Minehan in  Kildare, reflections, music and prayers.   

Retreat Facilitator: Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan

February 1, 2022 – noon EST in Zoom and Facebook Live

Register for free at:

PCS Forum on Pastoral Care, Chaplaincy, Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), and more!


Thursday, January 27th, 2022, 1:00pm EST (session will be recorded for those unable to attend)

Join us in Zoom at this link:
Meeting ID: 849 6525 9983
Passcode: 868236
For dial-in and audio only:  +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

Deconstructing Male Supremacism and Misogyny: The Work of One Mary's Pence Grantee to Ensure Justice for Women
January 2022
Kat Enyeart, pictured in the upper right, was one of the facilitators who presented at the IRMS Summer Institute for Organizers on Contesting Supremacism in August 2021. The virtual event united 24 grassroots organizers actively working to deconstruct male supremacism in their communities.
Understanding and combating male supremacist ideals and culture is the focus of the Institute for Research on Male Supremacism (IRMS). Founded in 2019, IRMS is committed to supporting researchers exposing and deconstructing common male supremacist narratives and empowering grassroots social justice organizers to effectively push back against those narratives with an intersectional awareness – recognizing the relationships between male supremacism and systems of racism, xenophobia, and transphobia. 

IRMS hosts webinars and training events for organizers and researchers, and provides in-depth research and analysis to support media, activists and researchers challenging misogyny, and transmisogyny in pursuit of gender justice. IRMS founders and experts are primarily women scholars who represent a variety of academic backgrounds, including sociologists, anthropologists, legal scholars, and political scientists conducting research and publishing in academic and mainstream outlets. Recognizing the rich diversity of skills and knowledge, the IRMS mentee program pairs these experts with mentees to foster coalition building and coordination between emerging and established researchers.
Join us for our Illuminating Conversations series.

Our Illuminating Conversations series will continue into the new year! Reserve your place to attend our January and February online discussions.
Mary's Pence board member Barbara Battista, SP, will facilitate our Thursday, January 13th discussion of Joan Chittister's, OSB, collection of essays From the Writings of Joan Chittister: On Women.

Barbara, an advocate for peace, human rights, and women's rights within the Church and society, commonly works on issues found at the intersection of racism, and migrant and climate justice. Most recently Barbara has been recognized for her work advocating against the death penalty.

To learn more and to RSVP for the Illuminating Conversations gathering for Thursday, January 13th, click here.

For the month of February, we will discuss Alicia Garza's book The Purpose of Power: How We Come Together When We Fall Apart.

Co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, Garza details the history and importance of the BLM movement in a book that is part memoir, part activist guidebook. Readers will come away with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the behind the scenes work that goes into building and organizing a movement.

To learn more and to RSVP for the Illuminating Conversations gathering for Thursday, February 10h, click here.
Get Your Free 2022 Mary's Pence Calendar

We still have some 35th anniversary 2022 calendars available. If you didn't receive a calendar for this year or would like an extra one, we will be happy to send one to you. (They make great gifts!)

The calendar highlights the work of the Mary's Pence Grants, the ESPERA Program, and the names of women throughout history who have inspired our work for charity, justice and solidarity.

Click here to request your free 35th anniversary 2022 calendaravailable while supplies last. (Click here to view the 2022 calendar online.)
Looking to Start a New Year's Resolution? Become a Compañera!

In the coming new year, Mary's Pence will celebrate 35 years of funding women and changing lives.

In honor of this organizational milestone, we are asking people to make an additional $35 donationabove and beyond what you normally contribute each year. Or consider becoming a Compañera and contribute $35 per month on a recurring basis.
It's the first month of a new year! Our 2022 Calendar of Women features Mary's Pence grantee Refugee Community Partnership (RCP). Based in Carrboro, North Carolina, RCP cultivates community in a variety of ways to welcome refugees and immigrants.

In addition to learning about RCP, read the short biographies of the women that we've listed for each day of the year on our calendar. They are the inspiring examples of women throughout history who have contributed in significant ways to equality and justice in our world.
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things are changing.
God alone is changeless.
Patience attains the goal.
One who has God 
lacks nothing.
God alone fills all our needs.
~St. Teresa of Avila
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A Note From Pope Francis

I've been waiting to hear from you, my dear People of God!  Please tell me what's on your mind and in your heart about Church.  Please tell me what helps you ... what turns you away ... anything that you need me to hear.  This will help me very much.

Pope Francis

  Elders Teaching Series
Traditional knowledge, worldview, and language

Join ii’ taa’poh’to’p, UCalgary’s Indigenous Strategy, to hear traditional knowledge, worldview, and language, and approaches to healing with respect to cultural wellbeing, intergenerational trauma, and Indigenous ways of knowing, doing, connecting, and being. This series will welcome Elders living in the Treaty 7 region of southern Alberta and will be hosted by Elissa Twoyoungmen, UCalgary’s Indigenous Cultural Education and Protocol Specialist.
The next upcoming Elder Teaching Series will take place on January 27th, 2022 via Zoom with Dr. Betty Bastien. Here is the link to register:

Women's Ordination Conference

Vocation Awareness conversation with Cardinal Cartone, (The Cardboard Cardinal), Check it out here.

Lifting Up the Voices of Female Survivors of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Recently, conversation focused on the perspectives of female survivors of clerical abuse in the Catholic Church and how such a perspective can help to heal the wounds of abuse in the Church, faith communities, and other institutions.

Watch the event video
Watch a panel discussion with male survivors
Learn more about global safeguarding


A video of this presentation is now available at:

Sr. Miriam Therese Winter joins FutureChurch and the Women's Ordination Conference to recall the ministry and life of Ludmila Javorová, a woman who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Felix Davidek to serve in the underground church there when the church was under threat by the Communist regime from 1948 through 1989.

Learn about her life, ministry, and why she is important as the world follows Francis to Slovakia:

This event was recorded; watch the video here:

Women Erased Series

FutureChurch's Women Erased Series offers online presentations that uncover the many ways women's leadership, witness, and ministries have been erased from our Church's Scriptures and Lectionary, historical record and memory, and communities.

These sessions, featuring leading scholars of Biblical studies, Church History, Ecclesiology, Canon Law, and Sacraments, as well as faith leaders will not only name and explore the history, but also put forth resources for correcting the record and telling the true story of women's central role in shaping and spreading Christianity from its beginnings to today.

Please join us as we learn from one another and prepare ourselves for taking action to build a Church where the gifts and ministries of women and all Cathoics are valued and restored.

Upcoming Sessions and Video recordings of past sessions