As you know, a Plenary Council is underway in the Australian Catholic Church. National Themes for Discernment have been drawn from the submission and call us toward the future.

Women participated enthusiastically in the First Stage of the process and presented the majority of individual submissions.

The next phase of discernment will involve working groups who will focus on a particular themes.

Self-nomination is the main way to get involved with the working groups. I understand that national participation will be enabled by the use of technology. Once nominations open, there will be a three week period for submitting nominations.

I’m nervous about this practice and syndrome affecting ongoing participation:

A Hewlett Packard internal report found that men apply for a job or promotion when they meet only 60% of the qualifications, but women apply only if they meet 100% of them.

This female confidence challenge was described as the “imposter syndrome” by Pauline Claunce and  Suzanne Imes. Women frequently express that they don’t feel they deserve their job and are “imposters” who could be found out at any moment. 

My point is that while women have contributed significantly to the Plenary Process so far, please do not hold back from nominating for working groups. If you are not sure if you are a suitable candidate, talk it over with a trusted friend or mentor.

And: please encourage other women to nominate! Let’s overturn “imposter syndrome”!

Leadership for Mission

Please note that promotion of the Leadership for Mission program will formally commence on 1 July. Applications will close on 14 October. will give you all the information. Note that one of the articles in this issue has been written by Rebecca Hall, a member of the current program.