“Sometimes I’m tired, but I go because I need to be there for the people.”

An interview with Rosella Kinoshameg Rosella Kinoshameg is from the Odawa/Ojibway people and lives in the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Reserve in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada. She’s a mother, grandmother, and great grandmother – and a retired registered nurse who worked for more than 50 years with First Nation communities as a Community Health Nurse. In 2000 […]

There is still time for Pope Francis to listen to women

The pope’s recent interview on 60 Minutes – in which he said that “no” a girl cannot dream to one day be an ordained deacon –  has prompted many people to offer varying perspectives on how to interpret this fragile moment in the Interim Phase of the Synod on Communion, Participation and Mission. This week […]

This Pentecost: Have confidence in the power of love

This year, Jesus’ Ascension, Mother’s Day and Pentecost are back-to-back Sundays. As I reflect on the role which mothers, grandmothers, tías/aunts, and madrinas/godmothers have had in my life, I am reminded of something Pope Francis said at the start of this year on World Peace Day: “The world, too, needs to look to mothers and […]

Rebuilding our Church by renewing diakonia

Many thanks to the more than 1,000 people and the half dozen watch parties who participated in our April 29th webinar Discerning Diakonia! We welcomed participants from the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. If you were not able to join us, you can watch the recording here in English or Spanish.   Several […]

Is the Holy Spirit prompting the renewal of the diaconate?

Recently I said to my young adult nieces and nephews: If there is one thing you can do this year to support the discernment about women and the diaconate, this is it! Come and participate in Discerning Diakonia on Monday, April 29th and join with hundreds of others virtually to talk about women’s participation in […]

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 […]

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