Seeing in St. Peter’s mother-in-law a model of diakonia

The view down into the excavation of St. Peter's home through the glass floor of St. Peter's Church in Capernaum.

The newsletter in which this post originally appeared included a reflection by Pilar Siman on Isaiah 64:1. Pilar is a clinical social worker, spiritual director, wife, mother to two daughters and parishioner at St. Hugh Church in Miami where she volunteers with the children’s liturgy. She preached her reflection live at the February 2024 St. Phoebe […]

Co-responsible in the synodal project of peacemaking

The following text is excerpted from a reflection originally offered on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time at St. Joseph Parish in Seattle, WA. You can listen to the full reflection here. Jesus walked the earth during a time when there was a lot of Messianic fervor among his fellow Jews. Living under the boot […]

Transforming and transformed on the synodal path in Rome

In 2021, a little over a year before my own path would bring me to Discerning Deacons, members of Discerning Deacons’ staff found themselves shaking hands with Pope Francis while in Rome for the Opening Mass of the Synod on Communion, Participation and Mission. They gave the Holy Father the gift of Laura James’ image of St. […]

Showing Up for the Discernment

As we launched our Phoebe Day kickoff calls, DD’s Anna Robertson offered the following reflection. This Spirit is moving! Check it out! -Ellie  On Tuesday, March 14th, 2023, 100 of us gathered on Zoom for the first of three St. Phoebe Day Kickoff Calls Discerning Deacons is hosting this month. (If you missed the call, […]

We’ve Always Shown Up

“It must get lonely,” I thought to myself as I looked at the icon of Mother Mary to the left of the altar at Duc In Altam, the chapel situated alongside the Sea of Galilee in Magdala. I was a few days into a pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Rome with Seattle’s St. James […]

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