ENDOW (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. ENDOW provides women with a forum through which to explore and understand what it means to be a feminine person created in God’s image. As a basis for discovery, ENDOW promotes the New Feminism, which is defined by Pope John Paul II. The New Feminism recognizes and affirms the “true genius of women” and responds to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.
ENDOW educates and inspires women through small study groups and engages the intellect of the “woman in the pew.” By providing knowledge and fellowship in an intimate group setting, ENDOW also fosters a sense of belonging and gives women an opportunity to deeply understand and personalize the faith that draws us together and the fellowship that keeps us together. Both faith and fellowship are integral to our formation as women. ENDOW attracts women from all walks of life and helps women realize that, no matter what they “do” in life, they all share a common desire for love and respect. Although society places a high priority on a person’s skill, appearance and usefulness, ENDOW teaches women that their dignity originates from their personhood.
Unfortunately, in the past, traditional feminism divided and categorized women. ENDOW brings women together, to unite instead of divide. We are able to unite women by focusing on the unique gifts given to all women. Principally, this universal commonality points a woman toward her vocation. All women struggle to find balance and purpose in their lives. ENDOW believes that, once women know who they are as God intended, they can support and nurture the rest of the community. This ultimately helps others grow in knowledge and virtue.
In keeping with our mission as an educational apostolate, ENDOW is committed to providing women with high quality materials for use in prayer/study groups. The groups are usually comprised of 8-12 people and provide women with an opportunity to learn about and discuss the authentic teaching of the Church in a comfortable setting. What we strive to accomplish in this apostolate is summed up in the ENDOW motto:
- Letter from Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB regarding ENDOW
- Letter from Pope John Paul II to women
- Apostolic Letter from Pope John Paul II on the vocation and dignity of women
- ENDOW’s own website
For more information:
Contact Michele Smillie, by telephone (604) 683-0281 or by email