Broadcaster Doogue links Catholic women with heightened energy

"There's a lot of energy in Catholic women", said respected broadcaster and journalist Geraldine Doogue at last week's launch of a major book celebrating the lives and achievements of Catholic women (pictured).

An audience of 100 heard Dooge speak of the enthusiasm of Australian Catholic women that provided a copious amount of material for the editor of the new collection of personal stories, which is published by John Garratt and titled And the Dance goes on.

The anthology was published under the auspices of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW). The seeds of the venture lay in Woman and Man: One in Christ Jesus, the report of the research project commissioned by the Australian Bishops into the participation of women in the Catholic Church and published in 2000.

A team of five women led by Therese Vassarotti, Executive Officer of CACW has brought the anthology to fruition. Requests for Australian Catholic women to tell their spiritual stories brought a wealth of material. A statement released by the Commission says the finished product is a tribute to the energy which Doogue referred to.

In the forward to the book Lady Helen Deane states, "Jesus was primarily a story teller... And the Dance goes on is a collection of the stories of Australian women whose lives have intersected with those earlier stories that Jesus lived, and told.

"I am delighted that this collection contributes to the retrieval of our stories, the experiences, dreams, yearnings and fears of Australian Catholic women."

"And the Dance goes on" includes stories from women in every state of Australia and is available nationally. Orders are being taken online, or through the John Garratt Bookroom (tel: 1300 650 878).

Media Release (Commission for Australian Catholic Women 17/10/05)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Commission for Australian Catholic Women | "And the Dance goes on"
John Garrett Publishing | And the Dance Goes On (John Garrett Publishing)

Catholic women in Australia tell stories in new anthology (CathNews 26/9/05)

19 Oct 2005