Joint initiative to deliver a leadership program by women and for women in the Catholic Church

The Council for Australian Catholic Women, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Catholic Mission and Australian Catholic University (ACU), are delighted to announce a joint initiative to deliver a specialised leadership program for women in the Catholic Church.

“Leadership for Mission” is an initiative that has been specifically developed by women and for women, inspired by the Gospel vision of justice, freedom and the dignity of the human person.

Amid renewed calls within the Catholic Church for the participation and diversity of women’s voices in decision-making, leadership and ministry, this program seeks to embrace, enhance, and theologically ground women’s leadership capabilities, skills and aspirations.

Director of the National Office for the Participation of Women, Ms Andrea Dean, said, “I’m thrilled that this dynamic and practical partnership will enable another cohort of young Catholic women to be educated for leadership within and beyond the Church in a multi faith society.”

Executive Dean of the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, Professor Dermot Nestor, said, “This program situates the practical and contextual leadership experiences, needs and aspirations of women within an academically grounded and collaborative environment. The faculty has developed a curriculum that presents an opportunity for participants to reflect deeply on their own faith, their personal mission and vocation as a way of addressing the many challenges and opportunities of our world.”

National Director of Catholic Mission, Fr Brian Lucas, said, “I’m delighted that Catholic Mission can join with the other sponsors so a new generation of young women can have a formation experience preparing them for future leadership roles in the church.”

Leadership for Mission is a sponsored, two-year, part time program commencing in February 2018. It is structured across four residential sessions in North Sydney and supported through ACU's online learning management system. Applications are being sought from women across Australia aged between the ages of 25-35, with diverse personal and professional experiences.

For more information email Andrea Dean, Director, National Office for the Participation of Women, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.

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Kate Bennett

Kate Bennett is the Communications Manager for the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle.

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