Introducing: Young Women & Catholicism

If you’re a woman between the ages of 18-35 with a burning desire to write about your experiences of Catholicism, you’ve hit the right blog. We’re trying to publish a collection of writings in that same vein. Here’s what we’re looking for:

We invite young women (18-35 years old) to write memoirs and critical reflections about the role of Catholicism in their lives. Our hope is that women from a range of perspectives and backgrounds will grapple with questions about Catholic identity in their writing–growing up Catholic, racial and ethnic identity intertwined with Catholic identity, Catholic relationship with the body, Catholic feminism, Catholic activism, coming out in Catholicism, Catholic-inspired art, to name just a few. As these women take the risks of telling their stories, we encourage the wider Catholic community to welcome their voices to the fore.

So…go! And we hope to hear from you soon!


4 Responses

  1. i would like to contribute, but i am unsure of the length requirement. I understand that it is a memoir, but is there a specific minimum or maximum length?

  2. This is a great idea! Brava!

  3. I agree. This is a good idea! … However, it seems from your description that perhaps you are mostly (only?) interested in women who have “problems” with the Church. … If you really want voices that are grappling with tough questions, then you should include in your examples something about being an “orthodox” Catholic, being feminist AND traditional, having more than three kids, being pro-life, etc. … We know you said “to name just a few,” but enlarging the range of examples will increase the feeling of real differences being truly welcome.

  4. I absolutely agree with the last comment. If you want the full range of viewpoints, you have to publish not just the criticisms, but the joys of being a Catholic as well. I revel in my orthodoxy and find great freedom in it.

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