Our calling to serve the Church as lay people is made clear when we are baptised, and reinforced through the sacraments of communion and confirmation. Now the Pope is also calling for us to rediscover the 'genius of women'.
'The church can not be herself without the womanand her role. The woman is essential for the church... The feminine genius is needed wherever we make important decisions. The chalenge today is this: to think about the specific place of women also in those places where the authority of the church is exercised for various areas of the church'.
In recent times, the calling of all the baptised to an active Christian life, rooted in the Church and the world, was strongly reinforced by the Second Vatican Council. In practice, the changing face of the Church in Europe and the rapid growth of Catholic Christianity in the global south and east has made the challenge of educating laity for service and leadership all the more pressing and rewarding. Our core commitment is to the renewal of lay ministry for the sake of the Church in today’s world.
As Catholic women we are called to read ‘the signs of the times’. It is clear that in our generation, God is calling women of faith to new and important roles at every level in Church and society. The opportunities we have to be leaders and shapers in the service of the renewal of the Church are arguably unprecedented. Yet many women yearn to have time and space to discern their calling and to equip themselves through learning, prayer and pastoral practice.
This is the unique and timely opportunity that the Margaret Beaufort Institute of Theology offers to you.
“I do not know where the future leads, but I do know that my love of prayer, of the Church and of (attempting to!) live in community, has a lot to do with my year at Margaret Beaufort. The Institute has helped me to follow God more closely, and to take the unique and scary decisions that lead to life in abundance.”