ROOT & BRANCH SYNOD for dignity and inclusivity
in the Catholic Church

10 - 12 SEPTEMBER, 2021

A Synod that, instead of ending with women, starts with them

Joanna Moorhead called in The Tablet in January 2020 for “a Synod that instead of ending with women starts with them.” 

We heard her call for action. 


Sr Myra Poole, SND, a lifetime campaigner for women’s ordination, will open the Synod. Our remit is to return to the inclusivity modelled by Jesus, which includes but is not limited to the dignity & equality of women in the Church.

We are honoured that Prof. Mary McAleese will give our keynote speech on Canon Law, the Church and Human Rights legislation.

She will be joined by the noted art historian Dr Ally Katuesz, and other

exciting speakers and leaders, to be announced.

The Synod will agree a set of actions to take us forward. They will be presented to the institutional Catholic Church by the People of God.

All sessions will also be available via Zoom.


TICKETS & MORE INFORMATION will be available in the NEW YEAR
Both live and on Zoom!

Please get in touch to register interest.

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We have some wonderfully powerful speakers already booked for the 3-day Root & Branch Synod in Bristol – more to come, watch this space!

Prof. Mary McAleese
Dr. Ally Kateusz
Myra Poole


10-12 Sep. 2021

The event will run from midday on Friday 10th September 2021 to after our own Eucharist celebration on the morning of Sunday 12th September 2021.

Stoke Gifford, Bristol

We are delighted to be able to gather physically for the Root & Branch Synod at St Michael’s who share our desire for justice in Christ’s church.

The spacious, modern centre is within walking distance of Bristol Parkway train station. The main auditorium for 500 will be perfect for a socially distanced ‘safe’ number of 150 or so, with participation via Zoom from across the world.

We can also make good use of their numerous breakout rooms for smaller discussions.

Special Rates

We have made arrangements with two hotels close to the venue. Quote Catholic Women’s Ordination for special room rate. Should the event be cancelled due to Covid-19, you will receive a full refund on rooms.

Holiday Inn, BS16 1QX
Single room £95, twin and double £125, if you stay 2 nights on the 10th and 11th Sept 2021.

Holiday Inn Express, BS34 8TJ

Single, double, twin rooms all £84, if you stay 2 nights on the 10th and 11th Sept 2021. 

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