Why women matter


The Catholic Church is at risk. Young Catholics are leaving, women who have been a mainstay of parish life are departing. This is especially true of young Catholic women who are absent at rates unparalleled in our history and are not returning.

Today, women are asking why the Church is so slow in recognizing their value and opening governance and ministerial roles to them; roles that incorporate their faith, gifts, expertise, and education into structures of authority at all levels.

On International Women’s Day 2018, Voices of Faith brings to the heart of the Vatican young women (and men) who bring their faith, their questions, their hopes and dreams to the leaders of our church. This year, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to listen to the voices of young people; ‘The church wishes to listen to your voice, your sensitivities and your faith; even your doubts and your criticism. Make your voice heard.’ Pope Francis (letter to the Youth, Jan 2017).

This annual event will showcase the extraordinary work young Catholic female leaders are doing across the globe, further affirming and giving light to our message regarding the importance and value that a woman’s perspective and expertise can bring, if only they were more welcomed to the decision-making structures of the Catholic Church.

Close your eyes, use your imagination, what kind of future do you envision for your Church? Is it a Church you are proud of? One that you want to raise your children in? The Church cannot risk a future without the next generation of women. In an honest and courageous discussion our speakers will share their faith, experience and hopes as young Catholic women.

Will Pope Francis and our pastoral leaders listen to their voice?