Endow began in 2003 when three women – Betsy Considine, Marilyn Coors and Terry Polakovic – encountered the teachings of St. Pope John Paul II on the nature of women and the new feminism. The more they learned, the more it called them to a truer and more authentic way of living and leading as women in the world endowed with unique gifts and their own particular genius. They wanted every woman to come to know it too.
"They asked each other, were our hearts not burning within us?"
With the help of Archbishop Chaput, Archbishop Gomez and renowned Catholic scholar Sr. Prudence Allen R.S.M., a leading academic on the philosophical concept of womanhood and current member of Pope Francis’ International Theological Commission, they began writing small-group study guides on John Paul’s two seminal documents on the “feminine genius” that would help women from all walks of life – wives, and mothers, single and consecrated women to encounter the beauty and depth of the Church’s teaching.
Endow has grown from a lunch-time conversation in Denver, Colorado to an international apostolate in over 130 dioceses that has reached over 25,000 women who are going forth to transform the culture by living the fullness of their feminine genius. It was granted juridic personhood status under Canon 113 of the Code of Canon Law of the Catholic Church, giving Endow status as a perpetual entity aligned in apostolic mission and of unique importance to the propagation of the Catholic Faith.