Catholic Women Preach Virtual Book Launch
Tuesday, October 25, 2022 at 8pm ET
Join us for this momentous occasion as we launch the first of three volumes of Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices Renewing the Church (Orbis Books)!
From the ground-breaking project, Catholic Women Preach, comes this volume of reflections on the Sunday gospels and other feast days by a host of gifted Catholic women from around the world, offering an invaluable resource for weekly meditation, an inspiration for homilists, and an aid to enriching the church with diverse voices and experiences.
“As you listen with the ear of your heart to the wisdom of women, may you, too, be emboldened to preach the word with persistence at all times and in all ways” – Barbara E. Reid, OP (from the Foreword).
Our program will include representation from some of our excellent preachers and contributors:
- Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI will bless us with an opening prayer
- Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ will offer remarks on the important role women play spreading the gospel
- Virginia Saldanha will join us from India to preach her inspiring Holy Thursday reflection on discipleship
- Kerry Alys Robinson will share what Catholic Women Preach means to her personally and and to those she has met through her extensive travels and consultations.
- Co-editors, Elizabeth Donnelly and Russ Petrus, will be present to welcome and converse with participants
Praise for Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices Renewing the Church
“A tremendous resource for the church.”
— James Martin, SJ, author of Learning to Pray
“From the first Pentecost to our own day, the Spirit continues to pour out abundant gifts on the whole People of God. Central to the gifts bestowed in baptism is the commission to women as well as to men from every nation to proclaim the good news that “the reign of God is at hand.” This volume of preaching by faith-filled missionary disciples from around the globe is a valuable response to the call of Pope Francis for a “more incisive role for women” in the Church’s mission. The testimony of these women inspires unexpected hope and suggests creative possibilities for a fuller hearing—and living—of the Gospel. At the same time, the collection raises the disturbing question of why we so rarely hear the Gospel preached by women.”
– Mary Catherine Hilkert, OP, University of Notre Dame
“In this book, Betty Anne Donnelly and Russ Petrus have gathered a liturgical year’s worth of wisdom from some of the most insightful, gifted Catholic women of our day. This text will accompany Catholics in prayer and reflection. It will inspire preachers and hearers of God’s word. Most importantly, it will remind us all that women’s voices have been at the heart of the Christian message since Mary Magdalene first witnessed the empty tomb on Easter morning. The chorus of preachers within these pages is transnational and diverse, composed of women religious and lay women, professors and ministers. Each brings hopeful insight to the lectionary readings. Together, they help us along the journey to becoming a church that recognizes the charism of preaching in all its members.
—Natalia M. Imperatori-Lee, PhD, author of Cuéntame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present