Thursday, July 05, 2007

Learning about the Church's new feminism

~from the Archdiocese of Denver's website:

Have you ever wondered if there was a place where Catholic women from all walks of life could go to explore and deepen their understanding of their role as God designed it?

ENDOW, an acronym standing for Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women, has been creating a place for this exploration now for years. According to Terry Polakovic, co-founder and executive director of ENDOW, the program is dedicated to the educating of women toward a deeper, more profound understanding of their God-given dignity and vocation as women.

Over the last four years, Denver-born ENDOW has spread to seven other states, including California, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming.

Through the use of small study groups, ENDOW facilitators take groups of women through an intellectual journey on what it means to be a woman under the new feminism as described by Pope John Paul II.

The late pontiff’s “A Letter to Women” and “Mulieris Dignitatem” (“On the Dignity and Vocation of Women”) and other Church documents are the foundation of the program that, according to Polakovic, some 800 to 1,000 women are a part of today.

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