Women in Church Leadership
Celebrating Women Witnesses
Follow and support us on our 2014 pilgrimage to the sites of early Christian women leaders

A Pilgrimage to Archaeological Sites
of Women Leaders in the Early Church
(Rome and Ostia)
March 20 - 27, 2014

Follow us as we discover frescos, mosaics, sarcophagi friezes and other artifacts of early women leaders in the Vatican's Pio Christiano museum, ancient house churches and basilicas at St. Pudentiana. San Clemente and St. Praxedis, and the catacombs of Priscilla and Domitilla, …And more!

We will explore excavated Ostia, an excellent example of Roman life in the Christian period and listen to special lectures and slide presentations by Sr. Carolyn Osiek and prayer services with Sr. Chris Schenk

Dr. Carolyn Osiek RSCJ, Educational Director Sr. Carolyn is a past president of the Catholic Biblical Association and Catholic Professor of New Testament emerita at Brite Divinity School. She is also an author of many books including A Women's Place: House Churches in Earliest Christianity, co-authored with Margaret Y. MacDonald and Janet H. Tulloch, and Ordained Women in the Early Church, co-authored wit Kevin Madigan.

Sr. Christine Schenk CSJ, Spiritual Director Sr. Chris is the Executive Director of FutureChurch, a coalition of parish centered Catholics working to address critical issues in the Church, especially the priest shortage and the systemic inequality of women. She has Master's degrees in midwifery and theology and has given hundreds of presentations and media interviews. In 2008 she coordinated an international effort to "put women back in the biblical picture" at the Synod on the Word in Rome.

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What previous pilgrims said:

What a wonderful experience to share with my daughter. Too bad my husband and son weren't free to join us. They would have relished the experience as much as we did.

Awesome …I came home with a renewed sense of liberation seeing with my own eyes what we have not been shown: the early church enjoyed the full participation of women in leadership.

I loved this trip. I am thankful that I was able to travel with such an inspiring group.

The guesthouse was a perfect selection… lovely atmosphere… good service… gracious staff.

Past Pilgrimages

Rome Pilgrims Explore Sites of Women Officeholders (2007 pilgrimage)

Pilgrims Celebrate Women Officeholders (2006 pilgrimage)