The speakers will reflect on the role of women in the church and discuss various topics from the Synthesis Report (October 2023) with students from the Catholic University in Linz and partner universities worldwide. The interdisciplinary theological approach will be followed with a pastoral theological contextualization. The working sessions are based on the Synthesis Report (Oct 28, 2023) and elaborate various topics as they were discussed during the First Session of the Synod (October 2023). Every week a different speaker presents one topic of the Synthesis and reflects especially on the expertise and experience of women in the Synod. As the speakers – the synod participants – represent various regions, continents, roles and responsibilities, they will offer a contextualization of chosen topics in their specific field of ministry and in the global church. 

The honored speakers include Nathalie Becquart (Vatican/France), Klara Csiszar (Austria/Romania), Anna Beatrice Faye (Burkina Faso), Helena Jeppesen-Spuhler (Switzerland), Jolanta Maria Kafka (Poland/Spain), Rafael Luciani (Venezuela/USA), Ladislav Nemet (Serbia/CCEE), Nora K. Nonterah (Ghana), Julia Oseka, (Poland/USA), Estela Padilla (Philippines), Susan Pascoe (Australia), Sheila Leocadia Pires  (Mozambique/South Africa), Myriam Wijlens, (the Netherlands/Germany), Marie Kolbe Zamora (USA/Vatican).

The course sessions will examine the following topics from the Synthesis Report: Synodality, Experience and Understanding; the Eastern Churches and Latin Church Traditions; A church “out of every tribe, tongue, people and nation”; Church is Mission; the Bishop in Ecclesial Communion; Women in the Life and Mission of the Church; a Synodal Approach to Formation; Towards a Listening and Accompanying Church; Structures for Participation; the Relevance of Canonical Provisions in a Synodal Church; the Church-Governance. Specific attention will be given to the role of women in the church.