As People of God, we invite all to join us as we explore and promote full inclusivity within our Church. Our focus is on, but not restricted to, women’s participation in all aspects of ministry and leadership.
The Roman Catholic Church has denied women full membership for most of its history. Women are refused full sacramental privileges. There are no female presiders in our liturgies. Formal Church governance is exclusively male. No women's voices influence decisions in Synods, including those focusing on marriage and family issues. Meanwhile, non-ordained males are allowed a vote. A prime source of the Catholic Church's growing disconnect with younger members is its flagrant disregard for the dignity, rights, experience, and wisdom of women. Members of St. John XXIII Parish have joined together to advocate for recognizing the need for full membership for women in the Roman Catholic Church. We realize that there may be different perspectives on what this might entail, but we are united in calling for an acknowledgment of the injustice women have faced. We respectfully call for a full discussion of remedies and restoration. The EWC Manifesto is a statement of our vision for attaining this goal.
In Tutti Fratelli, Paragraph 23, Pope Francis said, "Similarly, the organization of society is still far from reflecting clearly that women possess the same dignity and identical rights as men."
Ways to Get Involved
We invite all parishioners who have an interest in the topics below to join our efforts! We’re looking for those with the ability to work collaboratively with others and engage in civil discourse, event planning, and community outreach.
For More Information
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or reach out to one of our Steering Committee members: Mary Signatur, Barb Koop, Mary Erickson, Sally Ryan, or Mary C. Miro.