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Why sponsor a saint

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“Be my image”, God said.
“When people see you,
they will see me, my daughter.
Be my image,
my reflection,
radiance of my love.”

The picture is an original painting
by Jackie Clackson

We invite you to sponsor one of a hundred great women from our Christian past.

Why ‘ sponsor’ a ‘saint’?

The great women who went before us, in their own way, prepared the way for the Church to ordain women. In a real sense we are now pursuing a vision which many of them, implictly or explicitly, expressed in their lives.

We know that we can now voice what our ancestors in the past: the ordained women deacons, the martyrs, the medieval leaders and great women of our own era, would want us to express also in their name. By sponsoring a symbolic/representative Christian ‘saint’ of the past, you help us speak on their behalf.


Return to list of ‘saints’? What do we mean with ‘saints’? The rationale of our sponsorship scheme What do you gain by sponsoring a ‘saint’? What is the procedure of sponsoring?

Wijngaards Institute for Catholic ResearchThis website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.

Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

You are welcome to use our material. However: maintaining this site costs money. We are a Charity and work mainly with volunteers, but we find it difficult to pay our overheads.


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