Women in the Church

From Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, 2013


The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society through the sensitivity, intuition and other distinctive skill sets which they, more than men, tend to possess....I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because "the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace" and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures. n 103


In the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, women play a vital and active role in the welfare and support of parish communities. As well as the many women called to religious life who serve God in congregations across the diocese, lay women also hold prominent leadership positions and are integral in the life of the Church.


Women serve their parishes by taking roles on councils and committees, acting as altar servers and extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist and working in parish offices. In the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle, religious women also act as pastoral associates and pastoral coordinators, managing the day-to-day welfare and leadership of a parish.


In this section you can view details of some groups operating within the diocese that aim to promote the participation of women in the Catholic Church.



NOTE: These groups are not a direct service of the Catholic Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. Specific queries should be directed to the organisation or group in question. The diocese will endeavour to keep all contact details up-to-date.