135 pages – Suggested weeks to complete 8-12 weeks minimum
Table of Contents
Chapter One – A Letter to All Women
Chapter Two – An Act of Contrition
Chapter Three – Obstacles to Freedom
Chapter Four – Equal in Dignity
Chapter Five – The Feminine Genius
Chapter Six – The Blessed Virgin Mary – The Highest Expression of the Feminine Genius
Chapter Seven – Priests, Prophets, and Kings
Chapter Eight – Bearing Fruit
A sample two-hour session
7:00 p.m. – Hellos
7:15–7:20 p.m. – Opening Prayer
7:20–7:40 p.m. – Read
7:40–8:00 p.m. – Discuss
8:00 p.m. – Break
8:10–8:30 p.m. – Read
8:30–8:50 p.m. – Discuss
8:50 p.m. – Closing Prayers/Announcements
9:00 p.m. – Goodbyes
- Listen to an audio Chapter 1 of Letter to Women
- Appendix I: Letter of Pope John Paul II to Women
- Appendix II: Integral Sex Complementarity and the Theology of Communion by Sr. Prudence Allen, R.S.M., Ph.D
- Letter to Women Online Recording Resources
- Letter to Women Endow Weekly Meditations
- Letter to Women YouTube Playlist
- The Genius of Women YouTube Playlist
- Writings of John Paul II YouTube Playlist
- Why We Need the Feminine Genius Article by Simone Rizkallah
- The Feminine Genius on Formed
- Annette Bergeon on Catholic Motherhood | The Augustine Institute Show with Dr. Tim Gray
- Women’s Ordination: Is It Still an Issue? by Sister Sara Butler, M.S.B.T
- Letter of Pope John Paull II to Women – 4-part Series by Sr. Mary Madeline Todd, O.P.
- Woman of the Household Course
Paying it forward
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Endow honors the intelligence and the nature of women. An Endow group is a place for women to gain knowledge, share insights, and participate in the unique and particular wisdom that is the feminine genius.Linda
This is our most popular and foundational study for women first experiencing Endow. Written for the occasion of the 1995 Fourth United Nations Conference on Women, this letter acquaints us with the thought of Pope St. John Paul II and is the perfect introduction to the Christian concept of woman and her indispensable role in the Church, the family, society, and the world.
Navigating the study
Each chapter is divided into three sections. Each section is divided into reading the actual text of John Paul II’s Letter, a commentary on his Letter written by Emily Stimpson Chapman, and the third section with questions for discussion. Please consider reading the entire Letter in the Vatican link above.
For a more leisurely 12 week study, groups can work through two of the three sections. For an 8 week study, groups can either move through the sections more rapidly or be selective about which sections to complete. It is not expected that all the questions should be answered in one session. It is not expected that all the questions should be answered in one session or at all.
The commentary for this study was written by Emily Stimpson Chapman, who also wrote our studies on St. Hildegard of Bingen, Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life), Salvifici Doloris (On the Christian Meaning of Suffering), Rosarium Virginis Mariae (On the Rosary of the Virgin Mary), and St. Catherine of Siena.
How to get started
Step one – Register your group
Step two – Subscribe to the Endow Newsletter and ask your group to do the same!
Step three – Join us for our next virtual event. Check out our Events page.
The Endow team is here to support you in studying this important document! For an initial 20 minute Zoom meeting with us, please contact [email protected] with the subject line “Mentoring meeting”
We are here to support you
Throughout your study, as spiritual, theological, or pastoral questions arise, please contact Simone Rizkallah, Director of Program Growth, for support and additional resources to answer any questions that may arise! Please also consider emailing her testimonies from your group! We love to hear what the Lord is doing with your women!
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