Pope on Women’s Day

Pope Francis meeting a delegation of the American Jewish Committee. (Vatican Media)

Pope Francis on Friday marked International Women’s Day, stressing the “irreplaceable contribution of women in building a world that can be a home for all,” through their efforts toward peace and love.  “Women make the world beautiful, they protect it and keep it alive.”  “They bring the grace of renewal, the embrace of inclusion, and the courage to give of oneself,” he told some 40 representatives of the American Jewish Committee who met him in the Vatican.

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A Prayer Book For Catholic Women



Meet Jesus in prayer. Prayer lifts us up and transforms our lives and the lives of those we love. This beautiful prayer book is the perfect guide for women of all ages who want to deepen their personal relationship with the Lord. Through traditional and contemporary prayers, women will engage in conversation with a loving and compassionate God about their lives, their families, and the cares of their hearts.

A beautiful resource. Beautifully designed and easy to use, this book is an ideal resource for prayer each day. The selections bring together the bounty of favorite traditional prayers of the Church with original prayers that will provide inspiration and strength. Organized around the seasons of a woman’s life and her spiritual journey, it will enable all women of every age and at every stage of life to experience God’s deep love for them and the gift of his grace for each day.

About the Author
Agnes M. Kovacs, a native of Hungary, has lived in the United States for thirty years. She is a daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother, and grandmother who cherishes the relationships with her large, extended family spanning multiple continents. Agnes currently serves as director of continuing formation at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

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Feminine aspects of God explored

Lyla June Johnston, a Native American activist and speaker, left, spoke to Christopher Pramuk following his presentation during the 23rd Festival of Faiths April 25 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Johnston and Pramuk presented during a session called “One, Not Two: Sacred Wholeness.” (Record Photo by Ruby Thomas)


By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer

A diverse crowd — including Mercy Academy seniors — who packed a theater inside the Kentucky Center for the Arts April 25  heard from Dr. Christopher Pramuk that reclaiming the “feminine divine” would celebrate the fullness of God in all things.

Pramuk, a  professor of theology and spirituality at Xavier University in Cincinnati, was a speaker at the 23rd annual Festival of Faiths, which took place April 24-28 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in downtown Louisville. This year’s theme was “Sacred Insight: Feminine Wisdom.”

Pramuk was one of several speakers at a session called “One, Not Two: Sacred Wholeness.” The speakers discussed how balancing the “complementary feminine and masculine aspects of divine wisdom” can lead to a better understanding of the interdependence of all things. 

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Representing the Feminine Voice (with Sarah Hart and Kate Williams, featuring Dolly Sokol)

Click here to list to this podcast from the National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

One of the major pastoral opportunities facing those of us in ministry is in the area of representation. With increasingly diverse membership, even in rural and outlying communities, there isn’t a parish in existence that shouldn’t be evaluating their practice carefully. As our cultural paradigm shifts from “believing leads to belonging” to “belonging leads to believing,” our success in gathering, leading, and ministering to a community starts with whether the members of that community feel they belong in the first place.

In this episode, we explore that challenge more deeply through conversation with two important voices: Sarah Hart and Kate Williams. In doing so, we consider the progress that women composers have made in liturgical circles, the barriers that remain, and we ask, “what, exactly, is the feminine compositional voice”?

Walking with Purpose

 Learn About Walking with Purpose Event

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
Louisville, KY
Tuesday, April 24
11 am to 1 pm

Do you have a heart for other women and a desire to connect them in the parish, to encourage an authentic women’s faith sharing community, to meet women where they are and draw them closer to Christ?  If so, please attend a Learn About Walking with Purpose event this April at Our Lady of Lourdes parish in Louisville.

Walking with Purpose, a women’s Catholic Bible study offering  a Scripture-based program that is approachable, relevant and focused on conversion of heart, invites women and parish leaders to attend a Learn About Walking with Purpose Event and find out about this fast-growing program.

Meeting women where they are in a personal and transformational way, Walking with Purpose offers at-home study and weekly small group discussions that link women’s everyday challenges with the solutions found in the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.  Walking with Purpose is currently offered in the Louisville diocese at Our Lady of Lourdes and Holy Spirit parishes.

Women ministry leaders and pastoral staff seeking to bring other women closer to Christ through Scripture study and fellowship are invited to learn from local WWP leaders about their experience bringing the program to their parish.  WWP national staff will explain the WWP discernment process, leadership training and mentoring support offered.

There is no charge for the event and lunch will be provided. To register or obtain more information about this Learn About Walking with Purpose Event,  please contact Beth Freeman via email at bethf@ourlourdes.org.