Help Us Create Liberating Liturgies 2.0

Do we dare speak our own prayers? 
Is this book on your shelf? 

Several months ago, we launched a research project, "Mainstreaming Women's Ministries," to survey young Catholic women who pursue advanced theological degrees, with the core question: how can the Church better serve and support these women? 

While we continue to analyze the results, we know that there is a vital need for prayers and liturgies written by women and speaking to the variety of women's lived experiences, of all ages.  

Therefore, we are putting out a call for submissions for prayers and liturgical resources of all kinds to be used in various ministerial contexts. 

We seek prayers, songs, artwork, liturgies, and other rituals, especially those that relate to experiences specific to women, rooted in Catholicism.  We encourage submissions that:
  • Use gender-inclusive language
  • Include creative, varied, and expansive names for God
  • Are creative and adaptable
  • Satisfy a variety of needs
  • Represent the diversity of Catholic women 
These will be collected and compiled into a book we are calling "Liberating Liturgies 2.0." 

Many longtime WOC members will remember (or were contributors to) the original "Liberating Liturgies," published in 1989. Thirty years later, we know that a lot has changed in our understanding of radical inclusion, intersectionality, and feminism(s), but we know that the words written in the book's introduction still ring true: 

"Why a collection of liturgies? A global linkage unifying women through prayer; nurturing the spirit of reconciliation... and demonstrating the vitality of women's prayers in the latter part of this century [and now in the 21st century]."

Please email your submissions to
with the subject line "Liturgical Resource Submission."  We prefer submissions to be sent in .docx format.  The deadline for submissions is September 30, 2019. 

If selected, we will be in touch regarding publication. Your submission will not be used without your explicit permission. You can remain anonymous, if you so desire.

Thank you for daring to speak your prayers, and to share them with the world. 
For equality,

Kate McElwee
Executive Director
The handwritten name Katie
Katie Lacz
Program Associate 

P.S. Please share this invitation widely! 
"Catholic Tipping Point" tour with Marie Collins this September

WOC is excited to announce that Marie Collins, the foremost advocate for justice for survivors of clergy sexual abuse and accountability in the Roman Catholic Church, will be on a speaking tour from Sept. 10-20 in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Chicago, New Orleans, and Los Angeles. WOC is a proud co-sponsor of this tour. 

Marie will offer her unique  diagnosis of the Catholic Church's culture of abuse and cover-up and concrete actions Catholics can take to demand reform. 

To find out more about locations and dates, visit the Catholic Tipping Point website
Our New Resource for Women's Ordination is Now Available for Purchase!

Whether you're engaging in dialogue with your faith community or institutional church leaders, lobbying outside your Cathedral, or just brushing up on talking points, we know this new resource will shine light on our collective work to transform our church! 

Accessible and comprehensive, our 16-page resource includes the sections:
  • Why Ordain Women? 
  • Women's Ordination by the Numbers
  • A Brief History of Modern Vatican Documents on Women's Ordination (and our responses!)
  • What About Women Deacons?
  • Myths and Misperceptions 
We hope this guide empowers you to advocate skillfully and confidently for women's ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.  Purchase our new booklet, available for $20, here.

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