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Women's Commission developing strategy for building bridges

Members of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women began developing a Vision, a Mission and a Strategic Plan, with the facilitation of Kathleen Hughes, management consultant, during their second meeting held in Sydney last Friday.

"In discussing the vision and plan of action we were mindful of the need to build bridges and to respect the dignity and hopes of individuals, as encouraged in the findings of the Report, Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus," said Commission Chairperson, Mrs Geraldine Hawkes. "These findings have been restated in recent conversations between various groups across the country and Commissioners."

"The Commission is also acknowledging the many initiatives, emanating from the Report, that are already happening throughout our country in many dioceses," she said.

"Members of the Commission continue to be invigorated by the emerging sense of unity of purpose regarding our work," said Mrs Hawkes. "We are totally committed to the development of a clear action plan with the potential for involving dialogue and action with many Catholics across Australia."

During their second meeting the Commissioners also elected Good Samaritan Sr Sonia Wagner as their Deputy Chair.

"It is easy to understand why Sonia has been elected to this position by her peers," said Mrs Hawkes. "Sonia brings a long involvement in the research project on the participation of women in the Catholic Church in Australia as well as many years in leadership and pastoral ministry across Australia and overseas."

The Commission also spent time during this meeting studying the applications of potential Executive Officers in preparation for interviews which will be held shortly.

The Commission intends to release details of its Vision, Mission, and Strategic Plan as soon as possible after its next meeting on 15 June.