Webinar: The women of Vatican II: Sr Maureen Sullivan O.P.

For our next ACI webinar on Saturday 11 March – three days after International Women’s Day – we are proud to present Sr Maureen Sullivan, who will share her research on the women auditors who attended and contributed to the Second Vatican Council.

Among those women auditors was Australian, Rosemary Goldie, who later became the under-secretary of the Pontifical Council of the Laity in 1967.

Others included Uruguayan feminist theologian and activist, Gladys Parentelli, who represented the International Catholic Movement for Rural Youth (MIJARC) at the Council, and Marie-Louise Monnet, founder of the International Movement for the Apostolate of Independent Social Milieux (MIAMSI).

Religious sisters who were lay auditors included Sr Mary Luke Tobin, an American Loreto sister, and Mother Suzanne Guillemin, superior general of the Daughters of Charity.

Sr Maureen will speak of their stories of their hopes, struggles and achievements in a don’t miss event for all those interested not only in the role of women in the Church and world but also at the Council itself.

Sr Maureen Sullivan

Sr Maureen graduated with a PhD in theology from Fordham University in New York with a dissertation on “The Christian Humanism of Pope Paul VI: An Inquiry into its Christological Foundations.”

She taught at St Anselm’s College, New Hampshire, where she was professor of theology, and at Fordham University.

Her books include 101 Questions and Answers About Vatican II, and The Road to Vatican II: Key Changes in Theology, both published by Paulist Press.

She has also served as preaching promoter and on the vocation team of the Dominican Sisters of Hope.


Sr Maureen Sullivan O.P. CV

Rosemary Goldie (Wikipedia)


Saturday 11 March 2023, 1pm AEDT (Sydney-Melbourne), 10am Perth (Friday evening USA)



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