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Program Participation

This Program provides an excellent opportunity for Canadian Catholic women from all walks of life, who are committed to making a difference in society, by developing their leadership skills.

Women Colleagues

Program Outline

The 13-month Certificate Program consists of an in-person residency program at Saint Paul University in Ottawa and online modules guided by trained facilitators as follows:

  • Online introductory module

  • A five-day intensive component. This is scheduled to be through ZOOM, and you will be expected to participate in every session.  All other modules are online and consist of videos, readings, personal reflections, and discussion forums

  • A final face-to-face residency component; an announcement will be made whether this will be online or in person

  • The 5 online study modules, which are about 20 hours each, include videos, readings, personal reflections, discussion forums, and coaching sessions

Program Themes

  • What Does It Mean to be a Catholic Leader Today? Inspirational Catholic Women Leaders

  • What Do We Mean by Transformative Leadership and Reflective Practice?

  • Spirituality and Emotional Intelligence: Its Place in Transformative Leadership

  • Transformative Leaders and Well-Being

  • Catholic Social Teachings: Bioethics, Care of our Common Home; Moral issues for Leaders

  • Bringing our Faith and Life Together: Our Ecological Responsibility

Women Practicing Yoga Outdoor
Image by Thérèse Westby

Program Criteria

The Foundation is seeking women who meet the following criteria:

  • A baptized Catholic woman, at least 21 years old who can demonstrate a genuine desire to cultivate her gifts of leadership

  • Has made a previous contribution to her community in a leadership capacity

  • Demonstrates a commitment and plan to further her role as a Catholic leader on completion of the Program

  • Competency in both oral and written English skills

  • Commitment to complete the entire Program which includes online learning sessions and two in-person residence sessions in Ottawa

  • Embraces the core elements of prayer and reflective practice which are integrated throughout the program

Program Application

While the total cost of the Program including travel, meals, and accommodation at Saint Paul University in Ottawa is $10,000, each participant is only responsible for paying a Program fee of $1,000.

​After careful consideration, the 2023-24 Catholic Women’s Leadership Program has been postponed and we will be relaunching the program in 2024-25.


This one-year time frame would allow the foundation as well as the University to review and continue planning for all aspects of the program. It will also provide time to reach out to women across Canada who may be unaware of this opportunity.

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If you have any questions regarding the Leadership Program, please email

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