Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) seeks to educate women toward a more profound understanding of their God-given dignity through study in small group communities of faith and friendship. Rooted in the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II, Endow affirms the genius of women – the feminine genius – and empowers them to fulfill our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.
Endow attracts women of all ages, races, nationalities, and vocations and brings them together to read and discuss papal and magisterial documents as well as the lives and writings of the saints. Endow group members encounter the Catholic intellectual tradition together, sometimes for the very first time, and learn how to recognize, cultivate and live the fullness of their feminine genius in their families, workplaces, and communities.
Endow was founded in 2003 when three women – Betsy Considine, Marilyn Coors, and Terry Polakovic – encountered the writings of Pope St. John Paul II on the new feminism. They quickly realized the impact of these life-changing truths and wanted all women to learn them. With the aid of Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop Jose Gomez, and renowned Catholic scholar Sr. Prudence Allen R.S.M., they began writing study guides for small groups. These study guides have enabled our participants – wives, mothers, single, and consecrated women – to encounter the beauty and depth of the Church’s teachings on womanhood. From its humble beginnings as a lunchtime conversation in Denver, Endow has grown into an international apostolate in over 130 dioceses, reaching over 40,000 women all over the world.