About Us

Our site is dedicated to the campaign for the ordination of women in the Roman Catholic Church. Many are curious about the subject and we offer a site rich in interesting material…

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.

Praying for Vocations? Ordain Women

Come and join us on the Westminster Cathedral Piazza
on Sunday morning May 7th from 10 – 12.15

Catholic Women’s Ordination prays and campaigns for women’s priestly ministry in a reformed Roman Catholic Church.

On May 7th we are marking the Annual World Day of Prayer for Vocations, mindful that many women also feel called to priestly ministry. Some women have heard that call for many years but are ignored, rejected, silenced and ridiculed for daring to speak out about it. We have tried to talk to our priests and bishops about it but since 1994, we are not allowed officially to discuss it. We remain within the Catholic Church.

Women are created equally in the image of God and we pray that our Church will return to the gospel values that Jesus modelled for us. We pray that the Church will use women’s gifts of the Holy Spirit to be integrated into every ministry of the Church. We are acutely aware too, that there is a critical shortage of male priests and we all face sacramental famine. We pray that we will see women and men working together to build up our Church communities.

For 24 years we have held prayer vigils on the Piazza with a steady persistence. We will be present there again. We will keep steadily persisting until our Church listens and speaks with us and acts for women’s inclusion to diaconal and priestly ministry.

Awakening OFC

Congratulations to Myra and Pippa on the publication of:


By Myra Poole & Pippa Bonner

Click here for more details.

cwo-logoThis is CWO’s beautiful logo click here to see a film of Lala explaining its origin.


Press Release…

Una Kroll, Doctor, Priest and Campaigner
The death of Una Kroll was announced on 6th January. She was a friend and supporter of Catholic Women’s Ordination. A few years ago Una became a Roman Catholic and told us she was supporting our organisation: praying and campaigning for women’s priestly ordination in a renewed and reformed Catholic Church. We valued her support and were particularly moved when she told us she would not preside at a Eucharist again as a former Church of England priest until Roman Catholic women could become priests too.
Thank you Una for your prayers, love and support.
Pippa Bonner

CWO Mission Statement

Working for the full inclusion of women into ordained ministry within a renewed Roman Catholic Church
We support one another in prayer, shared ministry and an annual CWO retreat
We commit to demonstrating that the exclusion of women from ordination in the Roman Catholic Church reinforces the oppression and poverty of women and girls around the world
We accept diversity within our group and welcome all who share our aims
We respect different approaches to theological issues
We walk together with people of faith to support women’s inclusion in their varied ministries
We work with other groups campaigning for women’s ordination within the Roman Catholic Church as part of WOW (Women’s Ordination Worldwide)
We commit to working with other groups with similar aims
We engage with all branches of the media in connection with our campaign

Women’s Ordination Worldwide (WOW)


WOW is an international group of which CWO is a member. Groups from all over the world are involved in conference planning, letter writing campaigns and public action. Please donate to help the work of this organisation and sign up for WOW e-newsletter to stay informed.

The first WOW conference was held in Dublin in 2001 and the second in Ottawa in 2005, the third has just taken place in Philadelphia. You can read about it here

There is also an archive of WOW material on the Housetop site here www.womenpriests.org/wow/

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