Church training young women for leadership

On Friday, 10 young women from across Australia will gather in Canberra to commence training provided by the Young Catholic Women's Fellowship in Interfaith Relations.

The Catholic Church in Australia, under the auspices of the Commission for Australian Catholic Women (CACW), provides the Fellowship as a commitment to the formation of young women in leadership, particularly in the area of Interfaith Relations.

In financing the Fellowship for 2006, CACW received support from 20 religious institutes and Catholic Church agencies. The Fellowship is initially a three year project actively promoting the leadership capacity of women in the Church which traditionally has focused on the leadership of male clerics.

The successful applicants, young women aged 24-40, have taken leave from their positions to study in Canberra for 15 weeks. The Fellowship comprises a Graduate Certificate in Interfaith Relations from Australian Catholic University, leadership and media training, and faith formation.

At the conclusion of their time in the ACT these women will return to their communities where they will contribute to building communities of peaceful co-existence. The initiative is possibly the first in the world in its combination of academic study and formation in interfaith dialogue for leadership especially for young women.

Catholic Church Training Young Women for Leadership (Commission for Australian Catholic Women 30/1/06)

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Commission for Australian Catholic Women

1 Feb 2006