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
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.
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
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!