Tuesday 19th February 2019, La Stampa Estera, Rome

In the lead up to the historic Presidents of Bishops Conferences gathering in Rome on 21st February 2019, Voices of Faith is holding a press conference bringing four extraordinary women, some with personal experiences of clergy abuse, who have been leading change on this global crisis in their respective countries.




Click speaker pictures to view their biography

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Regina Franken-Wendelstorf

researcher, lecturer and former member of the Third Order of the Dominicans

Virginia Saldanha

Secretary of the Indian Women Theologians Forum & Ecclesia of Women in Asia

Barbara Dorris

survivor and former executive director, snap (Survivors network of those abused by priests) 

Doris Wagner

survivor, Theologian and author

To find out more please contact our General Manager: zuzanna.flisowska@voicesoffaith.org

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2018 Overcoming Silence Event Videos


Opening address: Professor Cettina Militello

Part 1: "Voices of Truth - Stories of Strength and Survival"

Part 2: Panel Discussion "The Silence of the Church Speaks Volumes"

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2018 Event Photos



IWD Past Speakers







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These are the voices that work with us to advance gender equality in the leadership of the Catholic Church.


Sally Axworthy
British Ambassador to the Holy See

Melissa Hitchman
Australian Ambassador to the Holy See

Father Thomas H Smolich, SJ
International Director of Jesuit Refugee Service

Tricia Lorenzo
Business Development Consultant

Samantha Lin
Russell Berrie Fellow in Interreligious Studies

Sr. Simone Campbell
Executive Director of Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice

Dr Scilla Elworthy
Founder of Peace Direct and Rising Women, Rising World

Stephanie Lorenzo
Founder of Project Futures

Kerry Robinson
The Global Ambassador of the Leadership Roundtable

Marguerite Barankitse
Founder of Maison Shalom

Ambassador Miroslava Rosas Vargas
Panama Ambassador to the Holy See

Flavia Agnes
Co-founder of Majlis Legal Centre

Prof. Katharina Westerhorstmann
Prof. of Moral Theology at the Catholic University in Eichstatt-Ingolstadt


Dr. Mirreille Twayigira
Intern at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital

Shadan & Nagham
Twin sisters from Homs, Syria

Sr. Eugenia Bonetti
Chairperson of SlavesNoMore