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Premiers, Downer pleased with Catholic Women interfaith plan

Each of the State Premiers and Foreign Minister Alexander Downer have congratulated the Bishops' Commision for Australian Catholic Women on its initiative to seek funding to enable 10 young women from across Australia to take up a Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship.

The Commission's Catholic Women's Weekly reports this week that the program would equip young women to make a significant contribution to life of the Church and the fostering of harmonious communities.

The Weekly says the Commission is "keen to hear from anyone who has access to funds which may be appropriate for this first in Australia".

Meanwhile it is looking for a new deputy chair folowing the resignation of Teresa Lynch of Whyalla (pictured). Mrs Lynch was farewelled by the Commission recently after "a long and valued contribution to the promotion of the participation of women in the Catholic Church in Australia".

Commission chair Geraldine Hawkes said in a statement earlier this month that nominations close at the end of March, and they are looking particularly for a replacement with one or more of these characteristics:

from other than anglo-celtic heritage;
from rural/regional Australia.

The Commission is also busy organising its National Catholic Women Leaders Conference, together with the Diocese of Cairms. It sees the 27-29 April Cairns event as a gathering point for women servicing as leaders of Catholic Church agencies.

A Word from the Commission (Catholic Women's Weekly 21/2/05)
Media Release (Commission for Australian Catholic Women 14/2/05)

Commission for Australian Catholic Women | Teresa Lynch | National Women Leaders Conference - 2005

Women's Commission looks to future lay leadership (CathNews 18/11/04)

24 Feb 2005