SINGAPORE - ICPE's Woman to Woman (W2W) Ministry marked International Women's Day (IWD) on Mar 8 with a sharing by four Christian women and Mass celebrated by Father Paul Staes, CICM, at the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary (FMM) Chapel at Holland Road.
International Women's Day is a day of celebration for the political, social, economic and spiritual achievements of women the world over. It has been commemorated by the United Nations since 1975. ICPE (Institute of World Evangelisation) is a Catholic organisation active in 10 countries.
W2W ministry promotes the dignity and vocation of women. Through monthly formation meetings and events like the IWD Mass, the W2W Ministry provides opportunities for women to meet other women and share their faith journeys. "We hope to help women come to a personal encounter with God's transforming love," said Amilia Chai, an ICPE missionary.
Participants were reminded that they must give thanks to God for the gift of "feminine genius" and the contributions that women have made to the world as disciples of Christ.
At the panel sharing of women living out their vocation in different and unique stages of life, Jackie Pau, gave her perspective of how she lives out her calling as a single woman. "If marriage in the conventional sense is [God's] plan for me, then, somehow, he will have to produce the man," she said. Sister Susan Thomas, FMM, shared her experience of how Pakistani women lived their lives, when she was missioned there.
A mother of two boys, Karen de Souza reminded women that it was important to tend to the marital relationship despite the demands of motherhood. "The marriage must be your first priority," she said.
Stella Jayanthi, whose world collapsed after her husband left her and their three children, encouraged divorced Catholics, telling them that "we can still be very much a part of the Catholic community." â–