This is the second book published by Catholic Women Speak to coincide with a Synod of Bishops. Our first book, Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table, was published by Paulist Press in 2015 in time for the Synod on the Family.
Visions and Vocations was published on the occasion of the Synod on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment. More than 60 Catholic women and girls from 20 different countries shared their personal stories and theological reflections on themes relevant to the Synod. The book is intended to showcase the diversity of what it means to be Catholic and female in the modern world, and to raise awareness about the wisdom and insights that women would offer if they were full and equal participants in the formation of church teaching and practice. 300 copies of the book were made available in the Synod venue free of charge, as an invitation to the bishops participating in the Synod to engage more fully with women’s voices and to enter into dialogue and collaboration with women from different contexts and cultures. We were delighted when Cardinal Bo of Myanmar held up a copy of Visions and Vocations at a Synod press conference and said that he was reading it.