Women in the Church Future of Faith Series

4 images of women participating in church including one stained glass image

This series will be comprised of three events at the University of San Diego as we envision together what it means to be full, active, participating members of the Catholic Church community and to share our gifts with the Church and world. We are especially interested in bringing voices into this dialogue who are not often represented and heard from in other Church spaces.

If you wish to tell your story in writing, please submit it here. We will not publish your story without your permission. Thank you for your participation in this exciting opportunity to share and connect with others.

EVENT #1, November 4, 2019, 6-9 p.m.

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Room ABCD

Sharing Our Gifts as Women: Towards a Participatory and Co-Responsible Church

Women have always been part of the Catholic Church, and our voices are needed now more than ever. We invite all Catholic women in the diocese to join us for an evening of facilitated discussion to share our stories of faith and construct a vision of what it would look like to be co-responsible leaders in our local communities of faith. 

EVENT #2: January 26, 2020, 2-8 p.m.

Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice Room ABCD

Sharing Our Gifts as Youth: Towards a Participatory and Co-Responsible Church

Youth are not only the future of the church. Youth are active members of our faith community now. Youth voices matter. This half-day weekend event will bring together high school youth – to speak to their relationship to the Church now and how they would want to be engaged in the future. This fun gathering will build on the current synod process and foster leadership development and faith formation for Catholic teenagers in our area. Using multiple media including visual art, music, spoken word poetry, and other forms, participants will co-create pieces that symbolize their witness and contribution to the Church community.  

EVENT #3: March 21, 2020

Sharing Our Gifts Together: Towards a Participatory and Co-Responsible Church

This full day event welcomes all for an inter-generational conference. Young people will share their art from the January event and facilitated dialogues among all will provide opportunities to create community, discuss what it means for each person to live their baptismal call and follow their vocation, and creatively envision new ways of working together as a church community in which all can participate fully and be co-responsible. 


Our primary goal is for each participant to leave each event feeling more connected and energized as we creatively envision a future church in which all of us are empowered by our baptism to be co-responsible partners in the mission of the church.

We will compile our recommendations into a report and provide them to the Bishop in July 2020.  We will also develop a "playbook" for other Catholic universities to engage their local diocese into similar discussions. 

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