Posted by CathNews
on 8 March 2019
With more than 65 per cent of leadership or lay ministry roles within the Church exercised by women, the work of women in Church structures and organisations has become increasingly critical.
"The role of women within the Church today is even more crucial than ever," Archbishop Christopher Prowse, chairman of the Bishops Commission for Evangelisation, Laity & Ministry said.
International Women's Day, follows the recent colloquium, "Stirring the Waters: Catholic Women responding to the Spirit", held in Adelaide and sponsored by the Council for Australian Catholic Women.
In his opening remarks to the Adelaide colloquium, Archbishop Prowse spoke about the importance of this year's 20th anniversary of the publication of Woman & Man: One in Christ Jesus, a research project on women's participation in the Church that had unprecedented consultation throughout the country at the time.
"The Holy Spirit inspires women also to show the tender and maternal face of the Church and to draw us like a mother with her children into a missionary discipleship befitting the challenges of today's society," Archbishop Prowse told the gathering of more than 160 women from across Australia.