Project Description

Sheila Peiffer (USA) is a retired Director of Religious Education, Campus Minister and retreat director with an MA in Theology.  Her husband Steven is a retired Methodist minister, and they have 4 children and 5 grandchildren.  For the past two decades Sheila has been active in several Catholic reform organizations, including Voice of the Faithful, American Catholic Council and Women’s Ordination Conference.  She currently serves as the President of the Board of Directors of Women’s Ordination Conference.  

Extract from Sheila Peiffer, “Musings in an Art Gallery: Responsibility, Freedom and Choice” in Visions and Vocations:

As the Church prepared for the 2018 Synod on “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment,” questionnaires and letters poured into Rome in response to the preparatory document.[i]  How many will take note of the document’s statement that “Promoting truly free and responsible choices, fully removed from practices of the past, remains the goal of every serious pastoral vocation programme?” (II 2 – emphasis added)  Will the Church hierarchy see that women do not have a full range of “truly free and responsible choices?”

[i] See Synod of Bishops, XV Ordinary General Assembly, Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment: Preparatory Document,