CWCIT to host 'Daughters of Wisdom' conference

Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ (left), and Sr. Melinda Roper, MM
Sr. Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ (left), and Sr. Melinda Roper, MM, are keytnote speakers at DePaul's Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church conference. (Image courtesy of Karen Kraft)
Inspired by Pope Francis' establishment of a commission to study the ordination of women deacons, DePaul's Center for World Catholicism and Intercultural Theology will host "Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church" this April. The conference is free, but registration is required. All members of the university community are invited to attend.

Coinciding with the 10th annual World Catholicism Week, the event runs April 6-8 and will address the leadership of women in the Catholic Church, with a special emphasis on the global South. Held at DePaul's Lincoln Park Campus, this event brings together lay and religious speakers from India, Uganda, Argentina, Singapore, Mexico, Zambia, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, the United States and the Philippines. 

Topics include women's use of Scripture, the ecclesiological basis for women in Church leadership, and the leadership roles that women are already exercising in grassroots church communities, faith-based social movements and theological education. This year's keynote speakers include:

Rosemary Nyirumbe, SSHJ (Gulu, Uganda)
  • Director of St. Monica Girls' Tailoring Centre serving girls formerly held captive by the Lord's Resistance Army
  • One of TIME's 100 Most Influential People of 2014
Melinda Roper, MM (Darién, Panama)
  • Past president of the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation
  • Longtime missionary among Panama's mestizo and indigenous communities
Daughters of Wisdom: Women and Leadership in the Global Church conference
Lincoln Park Campus Student Center, room 314 A/B

Friday, April 6
3:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 7
9 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, April 8
1 - 6 p.m.

For more information, please contact Karen Kraft