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Magdala Celebrations to Honor Women of Vatican II

This July FutureChurch is encouraging Catholics to celebrate the legacy of Mary of Magdala by remembering the 23 women – all but unknown - who attended the Second Vatican Council as auditors.

As the Apostle to the Apostles, St Mary of Magdala, proclaimed good news to the world, but in the 20th century,  the women of Vatican II brought the good news of God’s life-giving love in the world to the Vatican Council.  Catholic women advised bishops in Council subcommittees and those documents inspired the laity. The participation of women at Vatican II opened the way for the acceptance of theologians in the modern Church.

In 2013 we honor these modern day “Apostles to the Apostles” who were ambassadors from the “world of women” to the body of bishops.  Women such as Rosemary Goldie, Sr. Mary Luke Tobin, Luz-Marie Alvarez-Icaza and so many others helped to disclose the vision of a new Church, unified, egalitarian, accepting and loving.

This vision is apparent in the words of Gaudiam et Spes: “Every type of discrimination, whether social or cultural, whether based on sex, color, social condition, language, or religion is to be overcome and eradicated as contrary to God’s intent” (29).

Plan your celebration today with a free organizing kit: Women of Vatican II: Daughters of Mary of Magdala and prayer service  available for download at futurechurch.org.

Focus on FutureChurch

Summer 2013


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