The mission of the Women and Justice Issue Team, with the support of the larger Marianist Family, is to:

Our Mission

Women and Justice Issue Team

Advocating for Women in our Church and in our World

• Promote an increase in women’s influence in the
  Church so the Church can benefit from all the graces
  given to her 
• Address issues of gender violence in the world,
  including human trafficking and sexual violence
• Promote and encourage women’s leadership roles,
  especially for young women

Together, our issue team is reading “Marie Thérèse de Lamourous: Firm of Hand, Loving of Heart” by Joseph Stefanelli, SM. We have a special focus on trying to educate ourselves about the lives and lessons from our two Marianist foundresses, Marie Thérèse de Lamourous and Adele de Batz de Trenquelléon. 

Learning about the Marianist Women Founders

Coming Soon: Marianist SHEroes Podcast Series

Women and Justice Facebook Page

Advocating for the Voice of Women within the Church

Learning about the Marianist Women Founders

We collaborate with and support two groups: Catholic Women Preach and Catholic Women Deacons. You can read more about these organizations in the resources section below.

Advocating for the Voice of Women within the Church

Coming Soon: Marianist SHEroes Podcast Series

Women and Justice Facebook Page

Advocating for the Voice of Women within the Church

Learning about the Marianist Women Founders

We regularly update our Facebook page with events, current issues, articles, and stories of important women throughout history. Please join our Facebook Group

Women and Justice Facebook Page

Coming Soon: Marianist SHEroes Podcast Series

Women and Justice Facebook Page

Advocating for the Voice of Women within the Church

Learning about the Marianist Women Founders

Our team is also working on collecting stories from various Marianist women in our lives. We are hoping to share these stories as a podcast series soon!

Coming Soon: Marianist SHEroes Podcast Series

Coming Soon: Marianist SHEroes Podcast Series

Women and Justice Facebook Page

Advocating for the Voice of Women within the Church

Learning about the Marianist Women Founders

Our Current Projects

The Women & Justice Issue Team upholds the value of the discipleship of equals within the Marianist Charism. Priests, brothers, sisters and lay people all bring gifts that are equally valued and can be used to serve others. There is no hierarchy within the Family of Mary - a gift that the Marianists can advocate for within the larger church. 

We are also inspired by the example of one of our foundresses, Marie Therese de Lamourous. When the local pastor took the schismatic oath to the new Republic of France, Marie Therese, together with the members of the parish, shunned the services held by the pastor. She herself became the "pastor-shepherd" to the community.  

Why is the Marianist Family called to work on this issue?

Marie Therese also dedicated her life’s work to serving women, some of the most vulnerable in France’s society, who had previously been engaged in prostitution. We feel, as a team, that we can act as a force lifting the voices of vulnerable women worldwide, just like Marie Therese did so many years ago. 

The Women & Justice Issue Team, through our Marianist lens, promotes increased leadership and influence of women in our Church and works to support and lift up all women in the world.

Interest form

Any interest in learning more about or joining this issue team?