A note from Luke Hansen

Dear friends of Discerning Deacons,

I’m writing today to let you know that I’m in the process of shifting from a full-time position on the leadership team to a volunteer support role with Discerning Deacons. Beginning next month, I’m returning to full-time ministry in a school setting, where I’ll have the opportunity to again accompany young people in the areas of spirituality, social justice and vocational discernment. 

I share this news with both sadness and joy in my heart. What can I say about a project, a leadership team and an emerging team of leaders that have moved my heart so deeply over the past seven months? Our collective work together is helping strengthen and renew the Church we love! There is so much at stake. Not only will women as deacons make a profound difference in our communities and our world, but each of us is finding our voice and discovering the powerful ways God is calling us.

The project is in very good hands with our leadership team — Casey, Ellie and Lisa. You’ve undoubtedly witnessed their incredible vision, joy, organization and empowerment of others.

My collaboration with this outstanding team goes back a couple years, as we’ve worked together on parish talks, discernment workshops, and last year’s Phoebe Day celebration. Though in a different capacity, I look forward to continuing to bring my experiences and gifts to Discerning Deacons as another virtual celebration of St. Phoebe is on the horizon and as we plan our delegation to Rome to bring the fruits of our discernment to church leaders there.

Today I’m starting my annual retreat. My last day on the leadership team is August 6. A week later, I’ll return to full-time ministry with students. And I look forward to being with you when we celebrate the Feast of St. Phoebe together on September 3!

With heartfelt gratitude to all of you, and with prayers for our work in the Church,

Luke

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Witness
“I’m not sure I’m really called to be a deacon, but even the chance to have a platform in front of a parish during mass would be a revelation for folks, especially people who experience gender discrimination. The Church would start to live out a truer version of universality.”
Katie Laskey
Contemplative Leaders in Action -  DC Cohort 2021-23 
Witness
“Women have been the caregivers and great support of most churches. Why? Because we deal with the personhood of the ordinary. The everyday matters of living. To me, that is what a deacon is. She extends the Church to the common community: visiting the sick and dying, helping parents with family problems, attending as a lector at Mass, burying the dead, and comforting families.” 
Kathleen Carlton Johnson
Hospice Chaplain
Endorser
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Deacon Guillermo "Memo" Rodriguez
Facilitator of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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