WOMEN's ORDINATION WORLDWIDE CONFERENCE DUBLIN
Billboards advertising the first international conference on the ORDINATION OF WOMEN in the Catholic Church will go up on Monday 18th June in 5 Irish cities ( Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Limerick ).
The billboards feature a painting of the LAST SUPPER by Polish artist Bohdan Piasecki , which depicts Jesus surrounded by male AND female disciples and children. It is a symbolic representation of a church community which is inclusive and doesn't exclude .
The primary purpose of the billboards is to give public visibility and expression to what is being denied and suppressed in the Catholic Church: The good news of God's call to many women .
The title of the International conference is :
NOW IS THE TIME! A CELEBRATION OF WOMEN'S CALL TO A RENEWED PRIESTHOOD IN THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
The International conference will be held in the O'Reilly Hall, UCD, Belfield from 29th June to 1st July . It will be opened by Mairead Corrigan Maguire, the Nobel peace laureate . The main speakers include Rev Rose Hudson Wilkin, Sr Joan Chittister OSB, and John Wijngaards. Over 300 people have already registered, from 25 countries.
The conference is being organised by WOW (Women's Ordination World wide ) and hosted by BASIC (Brothers and sisters in Christ ). BASIC was set up in Ireland in 1993 to bring about the ordination of women through prayer and action. WOW was started in 1996 as an international umbrella group to link the different national organisations.
Spokesperson WOW 2001 DUBLIN