Events:  Women's Flourishing

Can’t make it to our California celebration of the Danube 7? You’re in luck! WOC and WHIMM (Washington Home Inclusive Monthly Mass) are also hosting a virtual gathering on Sunday, June 26 at 11 a.m. to honor this prophetic movement.

The program will feature an international panel of inspiring women priests from Canada, Colombia, South Africa and the U.S. who will share about this historic event, their life of ministry today, and the future of inclusive priesthood in the global church. (Spanish translation available!)

We know this email may reach you at a time of uncertainty and upheaval. But our commitments to you remain steadfast — to uphold the sacred equality of women and all genders, and to seek ordination justice in a transformed Catholic Church.

We've got a number of events approaching that live out these commitments creatively and prophetically, and we hope you can join us and save the dates for:

  • 20 Years of Prophetic Obedience, June 29 - a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ordination of the Danube Seven, in Berkeley, CA

Find out more details about each event, as well as a Vocations Sunday prayer, below. We stand with you in a spirit of Resurrection hope that a new way of being Church will come, and is already here.
For equality,
Kate McElwee
Executive Director

Katie Lacz
Program Director

Find more ways to participate, no matter where you are, on our website.

June 29th: Celebrate the Anniversary of the Ordination of the Danube 7
In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the "Danube Seven," we will hold a celebratory roundtable discussion and wine reception featuring those continue the tradition of prophetic obedience to God's call.

What: "Celebrating 20 Years of Prophetic Obedience: Breaking Unjust Laws to Become Priests," a roundtable discussion and wine reception

When: June 29, 2022, from 6 - 8 p.m.
Where: The Badè Museum at the Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA

Featuring: Rev. Mary Alice Nolan, Rev. Jennifer O'Malley, Rev. Kori Pacyniak, Dr. Jill Peterfeso, and Fr. Anne Tropeano

RSVP here. (Please note: This event will not be live streamed, but a recording will be made available after the event.)
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Report from our February 1 Synod listening session
On February 1, approximately 60 people gathered on Zoom for WOC’s second synod “town hall,” an opportunity to discern and share together where the Spirit is calling the Church and the People of God more broadly.

Participants engaged in an Examen and in small group conversations featuring questions such as: “What am I hearing the Holy Spirit saying to us?” or “Where is God calling the church as it journeys together?” Participants shared a sense of renewed hope even despite the hurt they have experienced at the hands of the institutional Church.

Many expressed that they have found faith communities in nontraditional settings, outside the walls of a church. A sense of isolation was named several times, but paired with gratitude to have found the WOC community. These gatherings remind us that the Holy Spirit is alive and moving among us, letting our voices carry to dream aloud of a more inclusive Church. 
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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