“The Church is woman, she is mother, and this is beautiful. You must consider and go deeper into this.”
When Pope Francis spoke these words to Gina Loehr and her companions during a private audience in October of 2013, she felt a tug on her heart—a kind of commission.
She was at the Vatican to commemorate the twenty-fifth anniversary of St. John Paul II’s letter Mulieris Dignitatem (On the Dignity and Vocation of Women), a document that had profoundly transformed her understanding of women and the Church.
And now she heard a call to further reflection on these themes.
In her new book, Loehr asks, “Why do we refer to the Church as she or Mother Church? And what does this reveal about the nature of the Church and the nature of motherhood?”
Each chapter of The Church Is Our Mother explores one theme mothers and Mother Church have in common: creation, caring, teaching, acceptance, sacrifice, healing, and celebration.
A study guide offers relevant meditations from the liturgy, the Catechism, the saints and the sacraments, and also shares personal stories from seven other mothers to inspire readers on their own journeys of faith and family.
Both a personal memoir and a universal call to understanding, The Church Is Our Mother will act as a springboard for other women to delve ever more deeply into the beautiful mystery of Mother Church, and offers a new perspective on the tremendous importance of the vocation of motherhood itself.
Gina Loehr is a bestselling author, mother, theologian, and inspirational speaker who lives on a 600-acre dairy farm in Wisconsin. In 2013, Gina was chosen as one of one hundred women around the world to be a delegate for the Pontifical Council for the Laity’s Vatican study on women in the Church.
A frequent guest on national Catholic radio programs on EWTN, Relevant Radio, and Ave Maria Radio, Gina’s other books include Choosing Beauty: A 30-Day Spiritual Makeover for Women and Real Women, Real Saints: Friends for Your Spiritual Journey.
“Both deeply theological and deeply personal, The Church Is Our Mother offers a reflection on the Church as Mother that weaves together several distinct narratives: Loehr’s own insightful reflections…punctuated at regular intervals by the equally perceptive voices of other mothers, all set within the context of a robust account of the Church’s self-understanding. The author reveals the significance and the meaning of our conviction that the Church is truly mother to us all.”
—Dr. Deborah Savage, professor of philosophy and theology St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity
“Loehr effortlessly connects [Pope Francis’s challenge] to the feminine genius as well as the journey of discovering our purpose and identity through biological and spiritual motherhood. This is a book you will want to share with all your friends.”
—Victoria Thorn, foundress of Project Rachel
“In her most engaging and well-written book…Loehr guides the reader to a deeper understanding of ‘the feminine genius’ and how it is reflected in and through the Church.”
—Msgr. Peter J. Vaghi, pastor and author, Meeting God in the Upper Room