Fourteen Australian Women selected to participate in Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship 2015 – 2016December 13, 2014 4:48 pm
Fourteen women from across the country have been selected to participate in the Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship 2015-2016 leadership program, an initiative of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for the Participation for Women.
Commencing the program in February 2015, the aim of the two-year Fellowship is to cultivate women’s capacity for leadership within the Catholic Church and society.
Bishops Delegate for the Council for Australian Catholic Women Peter Ingham congratulated the fourteen women on their successful applications to participate in the program. “I am so pleased with the calibre of successful applications received for the Fellowship program this year. I wish each of the participants every success in completing this wonderful program organised by the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Office for the Participation for Women.”
These women will be the fifth group to commence the Fellowship since it began in 2006.’¨’¨
The Fellowship participants, aged between 25-45 years, will complete a Graduate Certificate in Theology accredited by the Broken Bay Institute. The program is delivered through a blended learning environment combining academic, spiritual, leadership and interfaith development.’¨
Upon completing the final semester of the programme, past Fellowship participant, Nicole Rangiira said: “The Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship has enriched all the areas of my life: my family, parish community and work. My apprehension towards post-graduate study was eased through the support both of the fellowship group and the staff of BBI (Broken Bay Institute).”
Similarly, past Fellowship participant Katy Gilles said: “The subjects were relevant to someone at the coal face of building bridges between the Catholic school and parish in my role of Family and Faith Educator under the umbrella of New Evangelisation.”
The academic program is combined with a residential component that includes time for prayer, meditation, reflection and personal growth at Mount St Benedict Centre, Pennant Hills, Sydney.’¨All participants commencing the program have previously completed an undergraduate degree. ‘¨
Highlights of the Fellowship include the residential sessions at the beginning of each semester combining personal, spiritual and leadership formation with opportunities for interfaith engagement.’¨Financial and practical support is provided for each participant to ensure travel and accommodation costs are not prohibitive.’¨
Further information available at: http://www.opw.catholic.org.au’¨’¨