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Welcome to Catholic Women’s Ordination

CWO began in March 1993 as a national (UK) group of women and men who care deeply about the Roman Catholic Church. We want to be a part of building a church community that truly lives the justice demanded by Jesus; a justice which demands that women be equal with men.

Women equal with men means not only that women have the opportunity to fulfil their own vocation, but also that the Church community benefits from their experience and their strengths in the ministerial priesthood.

We are a forum to examine, challenge and develop the current understanding of priesthood. We aim to achieve the ordination of women to a renewed priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church.

The CWO Prayer

Moved by a compulsion of the Holy Spirit,

we cannot remain ignorant of this injustice in our midst.
We long for all humanity to be acknowledged as equal,
particularly among your community of the church,
so we pray grieving for the lost gifts of so many women.
We ask you, God of all peoples,

to bring insight and humility
to all those in positions of dominance,

and an understanding that the ascended Lord called us all to act
doing Christ's work here and now.
We ask this of you, God our Creator,

Jesus our Redeemer, Spirit our Sustainer

CWO Annual Gathering

28 September 2024

​Bar Convent

17 Blossom Street 


YO24 1AQ

Refreshments from 10.30am

AGM 11am -1pm

Speaker and discussion  2 - 4.30pm

We are very lucky to have Jamie Manson to speak to us this year.

Jamie's theme -

The "O" in CWO - Why is ordination important?

There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion

CWO is part of WOW (Women's Ordination Worldwide)

See our news page for past action in Rome

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