Ecclesial Women in Broken Bay
Ecclesial Women are women ‘among’ and ‘for’ the disciples of Jesus in the local Church. They are ‘lay’ in their identification with Christ’s faithful and in their distinction from ordained ministry.
Ecclesial Women are women ‘among’ and ‘for’ the disciples of Jesus in the local Church. They are ‘lay’ in their identification with Christ’s faithful and in their distinction from ordained ministry. Yet, in their presence and service, and through their public commitment to the people of the Diocese, they share in, and extend, the mission of pastoral charity of the Bishop. This constitutes the heart of the charism of Ecclesial Women. Fostering the feminine perspective in the life of the Diocese, their charism also contributes to the leadership of women in the Diocese.
Discerning a call from God to serve the people of the local Church, Ecclesial Women live in a radical, public, committed single way of life under the direction of the Bishop. Their call is accepted and celebrated liturgically by the Bishop who mandates them to share in his ministry of pastoral care. As both a sign and means of their primary relationship to the local Church, Ecclesial Women promise both celibacy and obedience to the Bishop. By such promises, the charism of Ecclesial Women finds concrete expression. Their celibacy is a witness to the centrality of their relationship to the local Church to whom they are publicly committed. Thus, celibacy is a sign of love and commitment to the local Church. By their obedience to the Bishop, Ecclesial Women witness both their freedom and their availability to serve the local Church without reserve. By making these two promises of celibacy and obedience, Ecclesial Women demonstrate a heart of hospitality, offering witness to the truth that the people of the Diocese are loved by God with an absolute and undivided passion.