The “Little Flowers” of the Grassroots were in full bloom witnessing around the world for women’s ordination in honor of the feast day of St. Therese of Lisieux (October 1), who herself was called to the priesthood.
A 19th century French Carmelite nun and Doctor of the Church, St. Therese wrote in her journals and confided in her sister Celine of her deep desire to be a priest. She wrote: “I feel in me the vocation of priest.”
For the first time, a five yard-long purple “Ordain Women” banner was placed on the Sant’Angelo bridge, just in front of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. The banner stayed in place for nearly two hours before being removed by authorities.
Advocates for women’s ordination joined the global day of action by witnessing in front of churches and cathedrals across the U.S., holding signs, handing out white roses and “10 Reasons to Ordain Women” leaflets.
At the Women’s Ordination Conference we believe true transformation will come from empowered Catholics organizing in their communities, modeling Gospel values, and using our collective power to dismantle systems of oppression that exclude women.
Thank you to those who witnessed, prayed, tweeted and continue to share the Good News of women’s equality in our Church every day. You are our strength!