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Benefit Honors Women Leaders of Yesterday, Today

Bob Kloos and Sr. Chris present Trivison award to Sr. Kate (center) Bob Kloos and Sr. Chris present Trivison award to Sr. Kate (center)

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Two Catholic nuns, one a canon lawyer, the other a popular author and biblical scholar, were in Cleveland on Sunday September 30 for a unique FutureChurch event focusing on women leaders in early Christianity even as the organization honored a Catholic woman leader from today.

Nearly 200 curious guests learned about the life and times of Phoebe, a leader of the church at Cenchreae; Priscilla, a coworker in the Gospel with St. Paul; and Perpetua, a martyr whose prison diary is the first extant Christian writing by a woman. Well-known author and New Testament scholar, Sr. Carolyn Osiek, painted a picture of how women in the churches of the first generations lived and expressed their faith.

Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and co-author of many books including A Woman’s Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity. She is the academic expert for FutureChurch’s March 14-21 Rome pilgrimage to archaeological sites of early women leaders.

Canon Lawyer Sr. Kate Kuenstler PHJC, JCD was honored with FutureChurch’s Fr. Louis J. Trivison award. Over the past five years, Sr. Kate assisted parishioners from dozens of parishes in the U.S. and worldwide with canonical appeals to keep their churches open.  She succeeded in winning cases at the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy and the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court in the Church. This finally led to a change in Vatican policy to one that now preserves churches as worship sites, making it less likely for bishops to close them solely because of the priest shortage or property values.  The Trivison Award is named for FutureChurch cofounder, the late Fr. Louis J. Trivison.  It is given in recognition of outstanding leadership in advancing the FutureChurch mission and vision.

A wonderful group! A wonderful group!
Sr. Carolyn warms to her subject Sr. Carolyn warms to her subject

Focus on FutureChurch

Winter 2013


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