Commission on Women in Church & in Society

Commission on WomenPurpose of the Commission

The Commission consists of women from parish communities in the Diocese of Syracuse who serve as a resource to the Bishop to further the mission of the Roman Catholic Church in society. The Commission also addresses the issues of the dignity and vocation of women, respect for life, Catholic education, evangelization, family life and spirituality, social action and justice.


Communications Committee

Serves to convey the nature and work of the Commission to the Diocese of Syracuse through various media, including the Catholic Sun, the diocesan website, and printed brochures, and investigating any other means of communications that would be appropriate for the Commission. The Communication Committee works with the Catholic Advocacy Network (CAN) on significant legislative issues affecting the dignity of women and the good of the family. They advocate for an informed response by the laity to these issues.

Crossroads Committee

Women, Faith, and Culture Women have always played an important and unique role in both the life of the Church and within society. Now more than ever, as women of faith negotiate the complex and challenging crossroads of faith and culture, our committee seeks opportunities to teach ourselves and others about Catholic women's unique history and contributions; to deepen our social and spiritual bonds with each other and with our sisters in Christ; and to craft more meaningful ways to support each other in our shared moments of joy and suffering as Catholic women. To realize these ends, the work of Crossroads focuses on these particular topics:

Spirituality: Serves to cultivate a deep and vibrant spirituality for all women of the diocese through retreats and reflections. We promote opportunities for spiritual enrichment such as retreats for Women’s Commission members and regional Lenten retreats for diocesan women.

Vocations: We support vocations to the priesthood while promoting a greater appreciation for female vocations to the religious life. We also recognize the needs and challenges of those called to the married life. And to those who are single, we seek to recognize their unique needs, gifts, and challenges.

Faith & Life: Serves by working with the Respect Life Office to inform and educate on important life issues, as well as networking with the Diocesan Natural Family Planning Office, the Respect Life Office, and the Elizabeth Ministry to promote an understanding of the gifts of NFP and to support education in various NFP methods including NaPro Technology. We provide Healing Masses for children lost through abortion, sickness, miscarriage, accident, or infertility. We are exploring the possibility of dedicating chapels across the diocese that recognize the dignity and humanity of these lost children, providing an opportunity for prayer and healing for the mothers and families. We are working to develop annual “Sisters in Christ” 3-K fundraising family walks/runs to support victims of domestic violence, rape, and those facing the challenges of teen pregnancy.

Evangelization & Youth: Serves to assist the Church to evangelize and catechize the youth by promoting resources to help them encounter Christ and deepen and enrich their faith through diocesan events and programs. We provide resources for catechists at the annual Building Bridges Conference. Other educational opportunities for adults include Catholic book clubs and reading lists, along with book and movie reviews.

Syracuse Catholic Women’s Conference Committee

Serves to help coordinate the Syracuse Catholic’s Women’s conference by working with women who serve on its planning committee. The conference seeks to uplift the women of the diocese by offering a day of prayer, inspirational speakers, Mass with our Bishop, and opportunities for Confession and Adoration.

The Women’s Commission tirelessly seeks to support and encourage our diocesan sisters in Christ. As such, our work will continue to adapt to the needs and concerns of diocesan women.


Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary, remember that we are consecrated and belong to You. Bless and protect us all. Make our homes shrines of Your love and Your grace. Strengthen the bond of affection that unites us. Help us to bear one another’s burdens in peace, harmony, and unselfishness. Guide us as we work to further the mission of Your Church on Earth. Immaculate Heart of Mary, intercede for us. Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen


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