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.

CWO Annual Gathering Saturday 30 Sept, 12.30We Persist!
St Nicholas of Tolentino, R.C. Church, Bristol, BS2 0DY.

We are very excited to have Professor Emerita Ursula King addressing us at our Annual Gathering. STL (Paris), MA (Delhi) PhD (London), FRSA, she is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol. Educated in Germany, France, India and England, she has lectured all over the world and published numerous books and articles on gender issues in religions, amongst other fields. 

She has been a key driver of women’s equality studies and action within the Catholic Church for six decades and more, and her incisive understanding, analysis and vision is very exciting. She was a key speaker at WOW 2015 in Philadelphia. We’re also very grateful to Fr Richard McKay for allowing us to meet in his beautiful church of St Nicholas of Tolentino in Bristol, a truly inclusive and welcoming sacred space. More information

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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