Young women begin peace fellowship

The Australian bishops have selected seven women from three states for the second Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship program which promotes young women's participation in the Church.

According to a bishops' statement, the Fellowships are being offered through the Australian bishops' Office for Participation of Women and with the generous sponsorship of many religious orders, catholic agencies and dioceses.

The Director of the Office, Kimberly Davis says that this year's Fellowship follows the successful inaugural program in 2006, of which she is a graduate.

"The fruits of the Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship are difficult to articulate in a short 'outcomes-based' statement. It was an experience that allowed personal growth, academic growth and spiritual growth," Ms Davis said.

The Fellowship aims at promoting the participation of young women in the Church and targets the development of leadership skills in promoting interfaith relations.

Among this year's recipients are Felicita Carr and Susanne Schmidt from the Canberra-Goulburn archdiocese, Jessica Denehy from the Sale diocese, Anna Haynes from the Wilcannia-Forbes diocese, Catherine Hennessey and Mikayla Mernone from the Melbourne archdiocese, Michelle Palmada and Peta Simpson from the Brisbane archdiocese, Kate Simpson from the Rockhampton diocese.

The Fellowship, which concludes on 19 May, consists of an academic program undertaken at the Australian Catholic University, the formation program which includes personal faith formation, leadership training, interfaith engagement and media training, and a public speaking series.

The Coordinator of the program, Sr Ruth Durick, said the commencement of the second Fellowship group is a tribute to the faith of those who have supported the initiative and also to the willingness of the young women who are participating.

"It is a very big commitment for any woman in this age group to leave her family, friends, home and profession to spend fifteen weeks in Canberra," she said.

"However, this is a project for peace, for promoting dialogue and understanding in a world very much in need.

"The response to the first Fellowship has been very encouraging and the young women who participated are continuing to make a vital contribution to the Church and society," she said.

2007 Young Catholic Women's Interfaith Fellowship begins (ACBC, Media Release, 15/2/07)

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Launch of Young Women's Interfaith Fellowship (CtahNews, 20/10/05)

16 Feb 2007