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World Catholicism Week

World Catholicism Week 2018, April 6-8
Daughters of Wisdom: Women & Leadership in the Global Church

April 6-8, 2018

Following Pope Francis' establishment of a commission to study the ordination of women deacons, this conference will address—more broadly—the leadership of women in the Catholic Church, with a special emphasis on the global South. It will explore women's use of Scripture, as well as the ecclesiological basis for women taking leadership roles in the Church. More than simply a theoretical discussion, the conference will examine the leadership roles that women are already exercising in grassroots church communities, faith-based social movements, and theological education in the global South.

Keynote Speakers
Stained glass image of Elizabeth greeting Mary

Marguerite Barankitse
Founding president of Maison Shalom and inaugural recipient of the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity (Kigali, Burundi)

Melinda Roper, MM
Past president of Maryknoll Sisters Congregation and longtime missionary in Latin America (Darién, Panama)

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About the Conference

Organized by DePaul University's Center for World Catholicism & Intercultural Theology (CWCIT), this conference is the 10th annual World Catholicism Week event. CWCIT is grateful to its conference cosponsors here at DePaul: