2023 A year-end Discerning Deacons review: Stewards of the Question

“The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.” St. Paul to the Thessalonians 5:24 From your local parish, to dioceses around the country, to five continents, to the historic Vatican Synod on Communion, Participation and Mission, a question about women and the diaconate is being asked. The question is raised […]

Giving thanks for the call of diaconal ministry at the margins

On the eve of the celebration of Thanksgiving in the U.S., we want to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to each of you for your commitment to ministry – with those at the margins, young people, the infirm, migrants – wherever the need for hope and love is greatest. May this season of gratitude […]

A word to the synod assembly delegates – Thank you!

After a month-long presence in Rome during the Synod on Communion, Participation, and Mission, we have returned to our homes with gratitude-filled hearts. We want to thank the synod delegates who journeyed to the Vatican from all parts of the globe, representing diverse cultures and languages while seeking greater communion for our Church in the […]

Parishes celebrate St. Phoebe with educational events

We’re delighted to share that based on the reports parishes and schools have been submitting, an estimated 38,000 people have participated in Phoebe Day celebrations! One of the many ways parishes have celebrated St. Phoebe in September is to organize educational events to raise awareness of women’s ministerial roles at the beginning of Christianity – […]

Women of the Church – Spirit-filled, lively, inspiring

DD staff were delighted to participate in the recent Women of the Church national conference in Collegeville, MN. We are grateful to conference organizers Meg Payne Nelson, Kelley Deshler, Donelle Poling, and Angela Dimler who worked behind the scenes for over a year to prepare a Spirit-filled, lively, and inspiring event. Heidi Schlumpf, Executive Editor of NCR […]

Indigenous women ministry leaders are received by Pope Francis

We’re delighted to share with you the extraordinary news that Pope Francis received three prophetic indigenous women ministry leaders from the Amazon in a historic meeting at the Apostolic Palace Library last Thursday, June 1.  Franciscan Sr. Laura Vicuña Pereira Manso (Brazil), Patricia Gualinga (Ecuador), and Yesica Patiachi (Peru) journeyed to Rome for a private […]

Mothers and daughters navigate the future of faith

Ellie Hidalgo’s remarks on receiving the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s Robert M. Holstein Faith Doing Justice Award in NYC on May 10, 2023 Thank you Colleen [Dunne] for your wonderful introduction. Many thanks to Chris Kerr and Kelly Swan and the team at Ignatian Solidarity Network for lifting up the work of Discerning Deacons from the […]

Unleashing the Gifts of Women

Discerning Deacons presented the workshop “Unleashing the Gifts of Women for a Synodal Church” at the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in partnership with LA Synod Coordinator Karen Luna. Karen brilliantly highlighted how women are playing pivotal leadership roles in the ministry of facilitating and animating synodal, listening conversations in parishes worldwide! During our February 25th […]

Women’s preaching makes God’s voice complete

One of my favorite Scripture readings is the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. After she receives the promise of living water from Jesus, she is so taken with this encounter that she immediately walks about her community sharing her testimony. Her evangelizing impact is immediate, and Scripture tells us that many […]

Testimonies for those hungry for a word of hope

We are called to testify. We are called to testify to the greatness of God, to the vastness of this remarkable universe, to the grace that compels us to keep moving ever so slowly towards God’s vision of justice, peace, righteousness. Dr. Yolanda Scott Brown In this week’s newsletter we congratulate Discerning Deacons collaborator Dr. Yolanda […]

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