Vol 20 No 2 2013

It's My Church and I Love it!

Patricia Madigan O.P.

Abstract

The Young Catholic Women´s Interfaith Fellowship was initiated in 2006, under the auspices of the then Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) and the Australian Catholic Bishops´ Conference (ACBC). It was advertised as aiming ´to enhance the participation of young women in the Catholic Church, fostering both academic and faith formation for future female Church leaders´ In 2011 a research report on the post-course experience of the Fellowship graduates was commissioned which found that, while participation in the Fellowship had changed the lives of a group of young Catholic women, at the same time it raised questions about how well prepared the Church is to receive a new generation of theologically-educated Catholic lay faithful.