“To educate women toward a deeper, more profound understanding of their God-given dignity and vocation as women.”
Endow (Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women) is a private juridic person of the Catholic Church, established in the Archdiocese of Denver. As a Catholic educational program, Endow brings women together to discover their God-given dignity and to understand their role in humanizing and transforming society. Endow utilizes small study groups, conferences and retreats to cultivate faith, fellowship and formation.
Endow provides women with a forum through which to explore and understand what it means to be a feminine person created in God’s image. As a basis for discovery, Endow promotes the New Feminism, which is defined by Pope John Paul II. The New Feminism recognizes and affirms the “true genius of women” and responds to our culture’s desperate need for an authentic feminine presence in every aspect of life and society.
Endow educates and inspires women through small study groups and engages the intellect of the “woman in the pew.” By providing knowledge and fellowship in an intimate group setting, Endow also fosters a sense of belonging and gives women an opportunity to deeply understand and personalize the faith that draws us together and the fellowship that keeps us together. Both faith and fellowship are integral to our formation as women. Endow attracts women from all walks of life and helps women realize that, no matter what they “do” in life, they all share a common desire for love and respect. Although society places a high priority on a person’s skill, appearance and usefulness, Endow teaches women that their dignity originates from their personhood.
Unfortunately, in the past, traditional feminism divided and categorized women. Endow brings women together, to unite instead of divide. We are able to unite women by focusing on the unique gifts given to all women. Principally, this universal commonality points a woman toward her vocation. All women struggle to find balance and purpose in their lives. Endow believes that, once women know who they are as God intended, they can support and nurture the rest of the community. This ultimately helps others grow in knowledge and virtue.
Endow is open to all spiritualities recognized by the Catholic Church. This is the distinctive charism of Endow: a blend of the many beautiful spiritualities within the Church working together to offer a program of study on Catholic feminism. Endow’s leadership and participants include: members of the Third Order Carmelites, members of the Christian Life Movement, Third Order Dominicans, Third Order Franciscans, members of Neocatechumenal Way, cooperators of Opus Dei, members of Regnum Christi, Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan and Dominican Sisters of the Congregation of St. Cecilia of Nashville, Tennessee-among others!