Program Supporting Women’s Preaching in the Catholic Church Receives $1.25 Million Grant

ST. PAUL– A new program dedicated to supporting preaching by women in the Catholic Church is receiving a $1.25 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., through their Compelling Preaching Initiative.  A collaboration between Discerning Deacons and Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, the program will allow students to earn a Certificate in Catholic Preaching and Ministry of the […]

Parishes report hope-filled Phoebe Day celebrations

As 160+ parishes, schools, universities, retreat centers and Catholic organizations celebrate St. Phoebe in September, parishes are reporting hope-filled experiences energizing Catholics to pray for the upcoming Synod Assembly in Rome. “We had a really wonderful celebration at College Church. Both women and men were very excited at the prospect of greater inclusion of women […]

St. Phoebe Day Round-Up

On Sunday, September 3rd – the feast day of St. Phoebe – scores of women in ministry were received in the Lord as Catholic parishes welcomed them to share reflections or witness testimonies that highlighted the renewal of the diaconate for a synodal, missionary Church. It was a day to recognize the many contributions women […]

St. Phoebe, pray for us!

Day 5 of the Novena to St. Phoebe After months of planning and preparation, we are delighted to embark on Phoebe Day celebrations with you this weekend. As of this week, 160+ Catholic parishes, high schools, universities, retreat centers and organizations will commemorate the feast of St. Phoebe throughout the month of September. We will […]

Discerning Deacons Reacts to Release of Global Synod’s Working Document

The Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will discuss opening diaconate to women during October meeting ROME —Today, the General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops published the Instrumentum Laboris ahead of the Sixteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled for October. Amongst the issues being discussed in this […]

Mary’s month and the overflow of graces

We begin May, the month of Mary, already experiencing an overflow of graces and good news to share. We applaud Pope Francis’ pivotal decision to expand participation in the Vatican’s upcoming Synod of Bishops to include lay women and men. We could hardly contain our excitement! This global Synod on Communion, Participation, and Mission launches the Universal phase […]

An International Women’s Day Round-up of Diaconal Protagonists

Today we celebrate International Women’s Day. We celebrate Catholic women and the difference we make for our families, our faith communities, and for those on the margins and the peripheries of our world. In the global synod’s continental stage document, the report from the Holy Land notes: “Those who were most committed to the synod process […]

Phoebe Day Kickoff Calls

Will your community join Discerning Deacons in September 2023 as we pray for the synod, celebrate women’s gifts, and bear witness to the critical and urgent call to re-think women’s participation in the Church echoed across every continent during the synod? Whether you’ve already got your Phoebe Day celebration on the parish calendar or are […]

2022: A year-end Discerning Deacons examen

We offer today’s reflection as an examen, a review of the remarkable synodal path on which we have been traveling. A year ago, December, we were eagerly planning for how best to accompany, train and equip potential Synod Animators as they organized local listening consultations in their dioceses for the first phase of the global […]

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