lmd-final-logoThe Women’s Ordination Conference, with the financial support of Sheila Durkin Dierks and her family, is honored to offer a scholarship fund for women to support their academic and spiritual path toward ordained priesthood.

Learn more about Lucile Murray Durkin

Read about our 2017-18 recipients here! 


Who is encouraged to apply? Scholarship applications are open to women enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate studies programs. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled or participate in at least one class or significant volunteer ministry of comparable scope that she believes would forward the discernment of her call to a life in ordained ministry.

This scholarship is primarily directed to women who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to women who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations.

Timeline: Completed applications must be received by April 29th, 2018. Awardees will be notified by June 30th, 2018.

Award Agreement: $2,000.00

Awardees of the scholarship agree to writing a personal reflection at the completion of one year.

Applications must provide:

  • A completed application form
  • An 2000-2500 word essay
  • Two letters of recommendation from an academic and/or spiritual mentor who can reflect on the applicant’s vision of her sense of call to feminist ministry and transformative ritual; and her character as a woman of compassion, faithfulness, inquiry, sacrament, and service. Letters should be sent directly to the reading committee: [email protected]

Support the longevity and growth of the Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship Fund with an earmarked donation today.

Click here to download the scholarship information flyer.