11 December, 2012
The names of the seventeen participants of the Young Catholic Women’s Interfaith Fellowship 2013-2014 have been confirmed.
The successful candidates come from twelve dioceses from across Australia, and will undertake a formation program which includes theological studies, interfaith relations and Catholic leadership.
Bishop Peter Ingham, Bishops’ delegate for the Council for Australian Catholic Women (CACW) expressed his delight at the quality of the applications and the giftedness of the candidates.
“Having seventeen representatives from Townsville to Melbourne, Perth to Lismore, enrolled in the Fellowship bodes well for the renewal of the Australian church and for the further education and development of these young women,” said Bishop Ingham.
Over two years, the young women will study a Graduate Certificate in Theology in a format which will allow them to live their day-to-day lives, continue in their careers while receiving rich academic and spiritual formation in interfaith relations, Catholic leadership and theology.
The academic program will be enriched by a residential component which will provide time for prayer, meditation, reflection, personal growth and fellowship as a group at the Mount St Benedict Centre in Pennant Hills, New South Wales.
Director of the Office for the Participation of Women (OPW) Donella Johnston, said the quality of the applications was so outstanding that the original plan for ten participants was hastily and happily altered to cater for larger numbers.
“This has been the most delightful surprise of my time at the OPW”, she said.
“I’m looking forward to getting to know these women and to be nurtured by the Fellowship experience myself,” Ms. Johnston said.
The candidates selected come from different walks of life. They are required to hold a bachelor’s degree and demonstrate an interest in interfaith engagement to participate in the program.
This is the fourth time the Fellowship has been conducted and is a product of the generous sponsorship of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and a number of religious congregations, institutions and Church agencies.
The candidates will gather for the first session of the program in Sydney in February, 2013.
The candidates’ academic program will be completed through the Broken Bay Institute, part of the University of Newcastle.
See list of recipients below with their diocese named.
For further information contact Andrea Dean, Fellowship Coordinator, 0487 388 873 or email@example.com
Participant’s Name Arch/diocese
Anna Humphries Lismore
Bedelia Melville Sydney
Carmel Thompson Townsville
Elizabeth Lillis Roberts Sale
Gemma Perkins Ballarat
Joanna Sadowski Perth
Kathryn Lambkin Brisbane
Kathryn Moore Townsville
Katy Gilles Sydney
Kelly Humphrey Wagga
Lisa Wolfe Perth
Maria Vieira Canberra
Natasha Free Port Pirie
Nicole Rangiira Toowoomba
Philippa McIlroy Melbourne
Rebecca Beisler Sydney
Snezana Tanevska Sydney