With an ever-expanding library of courses, Endow is sure to keep your mind expanding as well as your heart.
LETTER TO WOMEN
This is perhaps our most popular and foundational study for women first experiencing Endow. Answering many questions for modern Catholic woman this letter, written for the occasion of the 1995 Fourth United Nations Conference on Women, acquaints us with the thought of John Paul II and is a good introduction to the Christian concept of woman and her indispensable role in the Church, the family, society, and the world.
ON THE DIGNITY & VOCATION OF WOMEN
This apostolic letter contains the theological and philosophical underpinnings of Pope Saint John Paul II’s understanding of woman and her vocation. We are invited to ponder along with the Holy Father, the anthropology of man and woman, God’s intention for their relationship, woman’s vocation to motherhood, and the Church as Bride of Christ. John Paul II offers age old truth with a freshness of thought that explains how “feminine genius” is essential to building a civilization of life and love.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA
At the heart of this study is the passionate, unrelenting love of St. Teresa of Avila, the famous 16th century Spanish nun who became the first female Doctor of the Church. With her feminine heart and deep spiritual wisdom, St. Teresa helps us embark on the spiritual journey that takes place within our souls. She guides us through what she coined "The Interior Castle," where Christ abides in the center of our being. Her profound insight, conveyed in this study, leads us to a deepened relationship with Jesus, which empowers us to become pioneers like St. Teresa of Avila, forging our way with love through the new, exciting, and often challenging frontiers we face in life.
MOTHER OF THE REDEEMER
In this 1987 encyclical, John Paul II reminds us that Mary is the greatest saint, and he explains why this is so. John Paul II calls her the “most excellent expression of the feminine genius.” Mary’s ‘yes’ to her role in God’s plan places her at the center of salvation history. This study helps women understand and appreciate the place Mary holds in the Church. As the patroness of Endow, she is the model for all Christian women to love and emulate. We have such a deep love and relationship with our Blessed Mother, you will see even our logo is resembled after her. With the stars representing her crown, we are asking her, as the ultimate witness of the feminine genius, to overshadow our work and pray for the women close to our mission.
OF HUMAN LIFE
The key message of this document is understanding the inseparable dependency of authentic love and truth in human relationships. This is Pope Paul VI’s long-awaited and controversial encyclical explaining the beauty of marriage and the sanctity of human life within that bond. This study is important because it addresses many questions modern Catholics have battled in today's culture dealing with human love in relationships. It is an important topic to discuss and a great resource in understanding why the Church so strongly guides us towards honoring our dignity within intimate relationships and God's very hand in procreation.
ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING OF SUFFERING
Having familiarized ourselves with the person of John Paul II, his thinking and writings, this apostolic letter invites women to approach the question of why God allows suffering and how we are to understand it and participate in it as a means to our sanctification. This is a difficult question for all people to come to terms with, and this Endow study takes us along with John Paul II as he explores the various ways we experience suffering.
GOD IS LOVE
In his first encyclical, God Is Love, promulgated on Christmas Day, 2005, Benedict XVI expounds on the reality of love. He knows that the word “love” has been distorted and its meaning tarnished – and this letter calls us back to the foundational truths about love.
This study introduces women to one of the twentieth century saints John Paul II canonized during his pontificate. A young Jewish woman who suffered through the Holocaust, converted to Catholicism and found her vocation by joining the beautiful Carmelite sisters. JPII felt strongly that the world needed the example of holy men and women during these challenging times, and Endow has chosen Edith Stein as one saint in a vast galaxy to highlight. Her story encompasses elements of philosophy (particularly phenomenology, which was a strong interest of John Paul II’s), and theology and offers compelling insights into Jewish life in 1930’s Germany. She was an inspiration to women of her time and continues to be today.
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA
In her mere 33 years she left such a rich legacy that she is named a Doctor of the Church. She is best known for The Dialogue, a book of meditations and revelations in which she shares intimate conversations with God. She used her ‘feminine genius’ to address the problems the world presented her and her words will ring as true today as when she first exhorted fellow Christians: “Be who you are called to be and you will set the world ablaze!”
LIGHT OF THE NATIONS
One of Endow's greatest responsibilities is to safeguard the deposit of faith handed down to us from generations. For that very reason Endow has chosen this document as one of our studies because it addresses the question we currently face: What does the modern church look like? What are we supposed to be to the world in our current culture? This document was written to explain the intent and vision for Vatican II breaking down an understanding of who we are and what we believe. Light of the Nations is the constitution of the Catholic faith in our current time and an essential foundational piece of knowledge every Catholic should intimately be familiar with.
AQUINAS FOR BEGINNERS PART 1
Pope St. John Paul II said, “the Church has been justified in consistently proposing St. Thomas as a master of thought and a model of the right way to pursue theology.” Here we explore what Aquinas has to teach us about the virtues and theory and the essential purpose of the living the moral life as Catholic women.
AQUINAS FOR BEGINNERS PART II
In Part II we take the virtues we have come to intimately understand in Part 1 and put them in practice. There are many everyday examples to help solidify these concepts so women may consciously live the moral life to which we are called. By learning the names and descriptions of various vices and virtues, women are encouraged to live vibrant Catholic lives with deliberateness and purpose.
DISCOVER YOUR DIGNITY: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE – PART I
This study, authored by four Religious Sisters of Mercy (who have been so formational in the Endow apostolate by offering academic as well as spiritual direction) takes women on a journey to see where their actual everyday lives intersect with God’s Divine plan. The story follows the course of a woman’s life from conception through old age and preparation for death, as it uncovers for women the mysterious workings of God in ways that involve the disciplines of biology, philosophy, psychology and theology.
DISCOVER YOUR DIGNITY: A WOMAN’S JOURNEY THROUGH LIFE – PART II
This study completes what was begun in Part I. Each woman is on her own journey and likely will find herself somewhere on the pages of these books. Of all the Endow studies, the Discover Your Dignity series is easy to undertake and provides an opportunity for women to share with one another about their own life journeys, challenges, sorrows and joys.
GIRL GENIUS PART 1: DEFINING DIGNITY
(This three part series is meant for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade or can be compiled into an accelerated course within a semester format. We give you flexibility in how this might work best for your girls.)
This course explores the teachings of Pope John Paul II on the feminine genius and the authentic dignity each young woman has been given by God. The world tries to convince young women that their dignity comes from having the right body type, hairstyle, clothes, athletic talents, or academic abilities. But in truth, they have dignity simply because they exist as human beings created in God’s image and likeness. Their intrinsic dignity is given to them freely as a gift from God, and nothing they do can ever add or subtract from this gift.
GIRL GENIUS PART 2: FORMING FRIENDSHIPS
How do I make—and keep—friendships that are pleasing to God and will last a lifetime? This course focuses on a young woman’s natural ability to form meaningful friendships marked with depth and love. They will discover how they are called to act upon their girl genius in relationships, with prayer, and in their actions to help others. Girls will study papal writings, learn what makes a good friend, and discover why Jesus is truly the perfect friend.
GIRL GENIUS PART 3: LOVING LEADERSHIP:
How can I step up and be an authentic leader in my school, parish, and community? Being an authentic leader means taking care of others. Humble leaders know their strengths and weaknesses, and see their abilities as gifts from God. They recognize the decision to live for Christ is one that is made every day. With Jesus as their example of leadership, the third part in this series will help girls recognize they have each been given a specific mission. They are encouraged to discover their own call from Christ to be a leader in whatever areas He’s inviting them. The study helps young women to explore their roles as Christ’s daughters and live out their girl genius at their school, church, and at home.
High School Studies: "Created For..."
This four part series is meant for freshman, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school, or can be compiled into an accelerated course within a one year format. The four guides are titled:
• Created for Love
• Created for Community
• Created for Holiness
• Created for Mission
Through study, group discussion, and group dynamic activities, teens are able to equip themselves with convictions to base their lives on, rooted in faith. Through these studies, coupled with prayer, teens inevitably grow in knowledge and virtue, both of which will help them better love and serve others. Ultimately, the goal of the Created For series is to draw young women into a deeper, more profound relationship with Jesus Christ, God-made-man who is the author of our precious dignity as women. Following is a brief description of the four study guides.
Created For Love
This study explores how every person deserves to be loved, and how true beauty helps us to become closer to God. It explains how being a woman gives us something special to bring to the world, and how the creation of men and women (as different but equal) was planned by God for the good of humanity. The highlighted virtues are joy, self control, respect, honesty, and beauty.
Created For Community (Available Spring 2018)
This study identifies the different types of love that are present in our lives, and how our families and friends help us to become who we are. A key message is how to form meaningful dating relationships with no regrets, and concludes with a discussion of how Christ’s friendship will help us to become the best version of ourselves. The highlighted virtues are loyalty, chastity, modesty, trust, forthrightness, and faith.
Created For Holiness (Available Fall 2018)
This study explores how each of us is created for a dynamic mission in this world and the importance of making moral decisions and being part of a community. It explores how passions and sins can be obstacles to holiness. Finally, it discusses how our primary vocation (religious, single, consecrated life, and married life) helps us to live out the call to holiness, and the importance of a secondary vocation such as work. The highlighted virtues are discernment, balance, abandonment, obedience, and charity.
Created For Mission (Available Spring 2019)
This study makes the case that each woman must fight to preserve true femininity and bring feminine virtue into the world. A woman’s special ability to see the other as a person helps each of us to fight for those who are marginalized. It explores how feminine virtues must be used to care for the whole of creation and how every woman is called to serve the community in which they live. The highlighted virtues are compassion, humility, generosity, perseverance, and servant leadership’