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Uhr, Marie Louise - (1923 - 2001)

Australian scientist, biochemist, lecturer and Roman Catholic activist Marie Louise Uhr was born in Brisbane, Queensland and studied applied science at the University of Queensland and obtained a Graduate Diploma in Theology at St Mark's National Theological Centre, Canberra. Though a Catholic she joined the Anglican Movement for the Ordination of Women and served (1989 - 1991) as national vice-president. She was an early member of the WAT AC (Women and the Australian Church) was a co-founder (1993) of the OCW group (Ordination of Catholic Women). From 1994 until her death she served as national convener of the OCW. Marie Louise was a most articulate and spirited advocate for the ordination of women into a renewed ordained ministry in the Catholic Church.

She led OCW inspiringly for eight years as National Convener. In this time Marie Louise's scholarship and commitment contributed substantially to the seminal thinking about ordination of women and renewed ordained ministry within the Catholic Church.

Marie Louise Uhr's papers together with a submission by her sister Janet Uhr are included below on the understanding that if they are quoted their authorship is acknowledged and that it is clear that Marie Louise Uhr is the writer and that the National Library of Australia holds the original papers.

Click any of the below links to view the articles:

Admission of Women to the Priesthood Barriers and Boundaries

For the 20th Anniversary of the installation of John Paul II

Is intelligent faith a contradiction in terms

Opening of first national gathering

Papal Obituary

The Church and the Media

Shifting Domestic Images of Church

Speaking Out - the role of OCW

Staying faithful through dissent

The Church and the Media - Lecture given at Uni House

The participation of Women in the Catholic Church in Australia

The Portrayal of Women in the Lectionary

Women and the Church - a case of discrimination

Women speak out - Catholic Voice Oct 1988

Working for Women's Ordination

OCW Inc. continued its work until 2009 having achieved its purpose of mainstreaming the understanding of the importance of ordination of women within a renewed ordained ministry in the Catholic Church and a post Vatican II practice of Catholic faith. Since 1994 OCW, representing Australia, also became a valued member of the international movement for ordination of women in the Catholic Church "Women's Ordination Worldwide" WOW.

OCW press releases and details of activities till 2009 are being included here to give an understanding of OCW's response to Vatican positions on women's ordination and renewed ordained ministry in the Catholic Church.


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.

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