Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Last edited 12th June 2013

Great Grace Conference - Receiving Vatican II Today

Workshop - The first Council for women? - Professor Celia Hammond


Commencing with Our Holy Mother Mary’s ‘yes’ to the Angel Gabriel, women have shared the responsibility and privilege of proclaiming the Christian Faith and building the Catholic Church. The manner in which women have shared the responsibility and privilege of proclaiming and living the Faith has been shaped and influenced to a large degree by the historical norms regarding the role of women in society at large (although it must be noted that the vocations carried out by Women Religious throughout history were often counter cultural for their times).

Documents of Vatican II acknowledged that the role of women in society was undergoing transformation and that the full dignity and vocation of women within the Church and society at large needed to be explored further. It was at Vatican II and the years following it that the significance and nature of women’s role in the life of the Church and in the promotion of the Christian Faith has been articulated so clearly and powerfully by the Church. Beautiful and profound teachings emerged throughout the latter half of the twentieth century, including Pope John Paul II’s “On the Dignity and Vocation of Women” (1988) and his letter to women in 1995. This workshop will allow participants to explore together how the Church’s teachings on the unique genius of Women are of enduring relevance and significance and how they can empower and guide women to develop their full dignity and vocation in 21st century Australia.

- Professor Celia Hammond, Vice Chancellor, The University of Notre Dame Australia



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