Three 20-something women trying to figure out what it means to be lay, Catholic, and modern all at once.


April 27, 2009

Endow: Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women

This weekend I attended a FANTASTIC conference run by the group ENDOW. If you do not know of them already, I'm so privileged to introduce you to them! This group began in the Archdiocese of Denver by a group of women who felt compelled to put into action John Paul II's call for women to understand and know their dignity in the life of the Church and in the life of the world. Women get together in parishes and have intellectual, emotional, and faith-filled studies and conversation about important documents written on and for women. There is even an introduction to St. Thomas Aquinas! This program has spread throughout the United States and has even reached Australia. It's spreading the New Feminism around the globe!

The conference that I attended was called The New Springtime for Women, and it was exactly that for me...a springtime. I have been in need of inspiration in my life....inspiration to be me, inspiration to continue on living my life with hope and courage, inspiration to contribute to the life of the Church as a single woman even if it is unclear how I am called to do that. God knew precisely what I needed. I did not want to get out of bed at 6 a.m. on a Saturday morning, but it was the best thing that I ever did. I'm so grateful for the promptings of the Holy Spirit.

Most of my posts in the near future will be musings and accounts of what was discussed or brought up at this conference. I took diligent notes and even typed them up on my home computer so that I could share the fruitful ideas with you. In the meantime, be sure to check out the website!

5 comments:

Edith Magdalene said...

Awesome, Julian!! Can't wait to hear all about it -- I'm in need of some inspiration too, so I'll look forward to your posts!! <3

Kelly Bateson said...

Hello ladies. My brother in law recently introduced me to your blog and I love it! Thank you so much for your witty and inspirational posts. I wanted to let you know that two of my dear friends are in leadership positions in ENDOW in Denver. I passed on your post to them and know they will be most delighted. God bless you! And thank you!

Angela Miceli said...

Thanks for this post, Julian! Since I read it, I contacted ENDOW and am currently discussing becoming a facilitator and bringing it to my diocese!!! I would never have known if not for your sharing!! I will definitely keep you posted on what happens -- please pray!!!

Julian said...

Kelly,

We must know some of the same people since I know the founder, Terry. How wonderful! Thanks so much for reading our blog. We look forward to your comments :)

Julian said...

Angela,

How wonderful that you are considering becoming a facilitator! Keep me posted on how it goes!

Blessings!

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