The Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative
In July 2012, the Henry Luce Foundation awarded a four-year grant of $375,000 to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley, California. This grant funds a pilot program, Women of Wisdom and Action, which enables Catholic women religious from China, India, and Vietnam to pursue advanced theological degrees at the Jesuit School of Theology. In collaboration with the Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, an international community of women religious, and the Society of Jesus, the initiative creates a whole-person approach to the education and support of the participants.
The academic theological training is bound into an interdisciplinary framework that takes into account each individual congregation’s unique and specific mission, as well as the particular talents and goals of the individual sister.
The initiative fosters leadership for the sisters through interdisciplinary and contextualized theological training. Upon return to their home country, the participants may lead a hospital or religious community, educate other women in non-formal settings, or become a Novice director, among other important roles. This initiative seeks to support each sister’s own voice as a woman generating social change in the Church and society.
The women, the first of whom arrive for the Fall 2013 semester, will be welcomed into an international and inter-congregational community with sisters from other parts of Asia, sharing a house with a common kitchen, dining, living and chapel area. They will also have the opportunity to receive spiritual accompaniment and training and to be in contact with ministry settings in their culture of origin in the Bay area.
Please see our press release for more information about the grant.