what do catholic women want

Yesterday, I wrote a blog post for NCR in response to a Washington Post article titled What Catholic women want.

Thank you to my friend, Mary, who then led me to a wonderful blog post written by Margaret Felice; 7 Things this Catholic woman wants. Margaret speaks to my heart, sharing the same issues but verbalizing them with a brilliance I envy!

If we are to have a deeper theology of women, as Pope Francis has requested, we need to begin with a sharing of experiences, visions and dreams. So…..what do you want?

NCR and support of Catholic sisters

Here’s some great news from the National Catholic Reporter

The Conrad N. Hilton Foundation has awarded a grant of $2.3 million over three years that will allow the National Catholic Reporter Publishing Co. to embark on a groundbreaking project to give greater voice to countless Catholic sisters around the globe. With the use of the Hilton Foundation grant, NCR plans to build a network of editors and reporters not only to write about women religious, but to help them develop their own communication skills by working with them as columnists who report their own missions and challenges.

NCR has consistently show their support for women religious, especially during the stressful Vatican investigations and the ensuing (dubious) judgments of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Receiving this grant not only affirms the work of NCR, it also allows them to deepen their commitment in sharing the good news and good works of our Catholic sisters.

Inequalities continue to exist in our church and world. One of these inequalities is access to effective public relations and communications. Larger religious orders and dioceses are able to promote their missions, thereby increasing the necessary support to keep those missions alive. Smaller communities cannot. The Hilton grant will help greatly in both networking among the religious communities, and in allowing us all to better know and support them.

I’m just a light-weight blogger for NCR, but I’m proud as punch to be part of their team. Cheers and congrats to all at the National Catholic Reporter, the Hilton Foundation, and our women religious. I’m so looking forward to all the good that will come from this wonderful project!




are we like dumb sheep?



A couple of years ago I wrote a blog post on the image of sheep. I can’t remember when I first heard the line or who said it, but it’s had me chuckling and nodding in agreement ever since.

The problem with some shepherds is that they think we are dumb sheep.

This week I followed up on this theme in a blog post for The National Catholic Reporter. I have hopes in our new head shepherd. Pope Francis not only shows himself to be a leader that encourages dialogue and going out to the people, but he is encouraging other bishops to do the same.