St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community, Minneapolis, Celebrates St. Phoebe Day

MINNEAPOLIS – Saint Joan of Arc Catholic Community, a parish of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, celebrated Deacon St. Phoebe at its Masses on Sunday, September 17, with liturgical fanfare, speakers testifying to the history of women deacons and high hopes for women’s officially recognized leadership in today’s Church, and the sublime voices […]

Who was St. Phoebe?

St. Phoebe Prayer Service for a Synodal ChurchJuly 3, 2023 by the Baltimore Deacon’s CircleColleen McCahill’s reflection followingOverheard: Paul and Phoebe have tea (a creative dialogue) and Ephesians 2:19-22 Phoebe was a woman of means–a woman of resources: spiritual resources, emotional resources, temporal resources.  Phoebe had money. She was one of only five particular people […]

There is no turning back…

Amazonian women provide diaconal service to the present Church in the immense Amazonian territory. On June 1, 2023, three women—Yesica Patiachi from Peru, Patricia Gualinga from Ecuador and Sr. Laura Vicuña from Brazil, vice presidents of the Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) and of the Ecclesial Conference of the Amazon (CEAMA)—were received in an historic audience […]

Making ‘The Big Shift’ together

DD Super Fan Jane Leyden Cavanaugh distills a few key insights to open up the imagination for visionary conversations that allow us to be evangelizers of hope. She first presented “The Big Shift” at a reflection session on rethinking women’s participation in the Twin Cities. -Ellie  My name is Jane Leyden Cavanaugh, a Discerning Deacons […]

Midwives of Resurrection Hope

I am delighted to introduce you to a new image of St. Phoebe commissioned by the Continental Deacon Circle and created by Brother Mickey McGrath! This wise and determined Phoebe was first revealed during our St. Phoebe Prayer for a Synodal Church on May 3rd. In this week’s blog, Teresa Runyon reflects on Mary Magdalene’s […]

Invited to accompany Jesus along the road

We gathered Monday for our monthly prayer service during which the Chicago Discerning Deacons Circle led us in a “Stations of the Cross from the View of Women Along the Way.” Their reflections guided us in a prayerful meditation on women’s faithful witness to Christ’s ministry, death and resurrection and invited us to recognize the […]

Called to Testify: Millie Clark

We conclude this last week of women’s history month by recognizing the vital role which mothers, aunts, grandmothers and great grandmothers often have in passing on the faith to the next generation. In this guest reflection, June Caldwell shares a picturesque memory of her late mother Millie Clark’s influence on her faith formation as a […]

God Never Forgets Us

This week’s guest reflection was written by Jennifer Kelly, who serves as a spiritual director and music minister at correctional facilities in Washington State. She offers her testimony, inspired by the readings for Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Lent. Sanchez came to his cell window with a gentle smile and began reciting, “Let all that […]

Bringing our messiness to God’s transformation mountain

The gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent is a powerful one. We see Jesus and his three disciples go up to the mountain. They go to the mountain top, and they are transformed. Jesus is transformed through his Transfiguration. His face shines bright like the sun. And how could the disciples experience Christ’s […]

Preserving our saltiness, flavor, vim, chispa

For our February 3rd St. Phoebe Prayer Service, Felicia Johnson O’Brien preached on Matthew 5:13-16. During this celebration we were led joyfully and reverently by the South Bend Discerning Deacons circle – who issued a simple invitation to all of us, to turn to our own neighbors and the diaconal women we know, and come […]

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