Women as Deacons: A Return to the Sources

As a high school theology teacher, I field a lot of questions —and anger— about the sacraments and the “rules” (both real and perceived) that surround them. Instead of focusing our energy on what the sacraments can’t do, however, I try to refocus my students on areas of growth that the church does see as […]

A Prayer for Synodality

This work is a prayer for us to experience this time–both the global synod process and this particular Discerning Deacons Listening Session–as Kairos, as the opportune moment to be transformed by encounter with God. I begin each square by drawing a quatrefoil with an Advent candle, a gesture that prepares our hearts to listen. Then […]

Reflecting on Women Deacons

On Sunday March 13th,  120 men and women gathered in an upper room – at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota to reflect on scripture, listen, share, and await the Holy Spirit to guide our discernment and help us speak aloud. The question was a synodal one: “What is the Holy Spirit saying to […]

A Dream Suggestion

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One expressed aim of this Synod is “to inspire people to dream about the Church we are called to be.” (Vatican Handbook 1.3).   As the path along which God’s People walk together, synodality grew out of an understanding of Jesus ‘the Way’ (Jn 14:6) and of his disciples as ‘followers of the Way’ (Ac 9:2). […]