Women as Church Conference

How do we open new spaces, construct a new framework, and live a renewed calling, for a ‘discipleship of equals’ in which men and women engage in ministry, in various forms, and are equally valued?


To propose a paper presentation or a workshop exploring how women in the Church have “stood out” or amazed us and continue to do so in new spaces that are opened, new frameworks that are constructed, and in Churches which live a renewed calling as ‘discipleship of equals’. That is, as people engaged in ministry in various forms and equally valued.

The Emmaus journey (Luke 24:13-35) presents two disciples recalling to Jesus how certain women “stood out” from among them and were witnesses to his resurrection. At Vatican II, the Council explained: “At all times the Church carries the responsibility of reading the signs of the times and of interpreting them in the light of the Gospel” (Gaudium et Spes n.4). What are the signs of our times, in which women stand out from among us?

Suggested themes for discussion and topics for papers could be: power and participation; truth-telling and healing; vision and mission; a fairer place for women in the Church; shaping an ecclesial discourse on sexuality that is accessible and credible; turning the corner and taking the next step; and women as Gospel witnesses and community builders and/or makers.


Please include your name, academic or faith community, or other relevant affliation, paper or workshop title, and an abstract of 100-150 words related to the conference theme. When proposing a workshop please state its purpose and learning outcome. Acceptances will be advised by 1 March 2020. Selected papers will be published after peer review in a collection of essays arising from the event.

All submissions should be sent to Dr Cristina Lledo Gomez by 15 February 2020 cristina.gomez2@bbi.catholic.edu.au 


Date: Wednesday 29 April to Friday 1 May 2020
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm on Day 1; 9:00am-6:00pm on Day 2 & 9:00-3:00pm on Day 3
Venue:  St Joseph’s Spirituality Centre, Baulkham Hills
Address: 33 Barina Downs Rd, Norwest NSW 2153 (view venue details)
Program: Click here to view the Program (Comming Soon)
  • EARLY BIRD 3 Day Ticket (3 day attendance, Catering, Network Dinner)  $175 p/p (+ GST) Early Bird (offer ends 29 Febuary 2020)
  • EARLY BIRD Single Day Ticket (1 day attendance & Catering) $75 p/p (+ GST) Early Bird (offer ends 29 Febuary 2020)       
  • Network Dinner (Thursday 30 May) $30p/p (+ GST)                                                      
  • FULL PRICE 3 Day Ticket (3 day attendance, Catering, Network Dinner)  $220p/p (+ GST) Early Bird 
  • FULL PRICE  Single Day Ticket (1 day attendance & Catering) $100 p/p (+ GST) Early Bird 
Catering: Includes lunch, morning and afternoon tea
Cancellation:  Click here to view the Event Cancellation Policy


There will be a dinner available on Thursday evening (30 April) at the St Jospeh’s Spirituality Centre, Baulkham Hills dinner and drinks. This is a unique networking opportunity!

For registration enquiries, please contact:

Ms Belinda Srour – Marketing & Events Manager
T: 02 9847 0030 or E: bsrour@bbi.catholic.edu.au