Following the recent meeting of the Council for Australian Catholic Women on 22 June, a consultation with women at Parramatta on 21 June and the upcoming feast of Mary Magdalene, this issue of Women Matter is full of energy! You will find several articles about challenge and change.

You will also notice that we are claiming the date for our next Colloquium in Adelaide 22-24 February. The Colloquium is much earlier in the year than usual in order to contribute to the ‘listening’ stage of the Plenary 2020.

Note that the Colloquium will be preceded on the Friday afternoon, 22 Feb, with an open session that will focus on the role of the Diocesan Contacts.

As the Feast of Mary of Magdala falls on Sunday 22 July, it will be celebrated on Monday 23 July. You will be aware that the Mary of Magdala is now honoured as an apostle and has the title ‘apostle to the apostles’. Wherever you are, look for opportunities to celebrate this feastday. has excellent resources for liturgies. See also their resources for open consultations with Catholic women.