An Advent Prayer from WOW
Steering Committee Meeting 2017: Vienna, Austria
In Memoriam of Barbara Blaine:
The WOW community is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP. A pioneer and prophet in advocating for justice for survivors of abuse in our Church, her courage will continue to inspire us. Barbara spoke at our 2015 conference in Philadelphia, where she shared her vocation to the priesthood and her story toward a life of social justice work. She will be greatly missed.
The video of the "Survivor Justice" panel at the WOW 2015, "Gender, Gospel, and Global Justice" panel is now free online for a limited time. The conversations features Barbara Blaine, Dr. Shannen Dee Williams, Virginia Saldanha, and Mari Steed, moderated by Sheila Peiffer, Board President of the Women's Ordination Conference. *Warning: themes of sexual violence, rape, and abuse are discussed throughout this video.*
Longing for the Sun of Justice
Women's Ordination Worldwide (WOW) celebrates the feast of St. Mary Magdalene (22 July) with the launch of Dr. Annette Esser’s beautiful original painting, "Longing for the Sun of Justice." The painting symbolizes women’s calling to priesthood, not granted by men in the church, but through Christ.
The painting shows two dissimilar hands varied in shape and color, joining together to resemble a chalice, illuminated by a blazoned sun in the place of a host along a horizon. You may also notice a small cross in the middle of the sun. Made whole and Holy by one another, the hands are united in the Sun, in Christ.
WOW reaffirms our call for the institutional Church to rid itself of the sin of sexism and model unconditional equality by opening up all ministries to Catholic women who have the talent and vocation to serve their communities as St. Mary Magdalene did.
On the Feast of the "Apostle to the Apostles," we are reminded that Mary Magdalene followed Jesus' call to go and tell the Good News of the Resurrection, inspiring women for centuries to answer God's call to preach, minister, and live the Gospel message of equality.
Artist: © Annette Esser, Oil and Gold on Canvas, 40x50cm (2017)
To purchase a signed print on canvas in the original size (40 x 50 cm) for 120 Euro, shipping included contact the WOW Leadership Circle.
World Day of Prayer for Vocations: "Vocations Sunday" - May 7th, 2017
May 7, 2017 marks the 54th annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations -- a day when the global Church prays for the ministers of the Church and for “young men and women to hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes.” While seemingly inclusive, this language neglects to footnote those ministries where women are rejected, silenced and punished for following their call to ordination.
We urge the Roman Catholic Church to open the discussion on women’s ordination and reflect on its own participation in the oppression of women by denying women's equality in Christ. To bring our Church closer to the gospel values that Jesus modeled for us, we need all the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be fully integrated into every aspect and ministry of the Church.
Photos below of women's ordination advocates taking action on Vocations Sunday, around the world: Rochester, New York; Rome, Italy; Des Moines, Iowa; London, England; Dublin, Ireland; Lisieux, France; Dublin, Ireland; London, England.