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Share Your Hopes

We invite all Catholics to share your prayers and hopes for the Church’s discernment and the difference it would make in your parish/community if women were ordained as deacons.

Share Your Story

Are you a Catholic woman engaged in ministry that relates to liturgy, Word and charity? Have you experienced a call to serve as a deacon, or are you open to discerning that possibility? We invite you to share your story here.

We invite you to share your interests and skills, what you have the desire to learn more about, how you feel called to participate in the Church’s discernment, and how our team can follow up with you.

When you submit your witness, we’ll follow up with you before publishing it on the site.

If you would like to talk with a member of our team before you submit something here, please write to us.

As we seek to support the Church’s discernment, these prayers, hopes and stories will be compiled into a report to share with Pope Francis and members of the papal commission in October 2021.

"The flock likewise has an instinctive ability to discern the new ways that the Lord is revealing to the Church. Such was the conviction underlying my desire that the people of God should be consulted in the preparation of the two phases of the Synod on the family.”

Pope Francis, Address at the Synod of Bishops, October 17, 2015

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Share Your Hopes

When you submit your witness, we’ll follow up with you before publishing it on the site.

As we seek to support the Church’s discernment, these prayers, hopes and stories will be compiled into a report to share with Pope Francis and members of the papal commission in October 2021.

Select a prefix*
Full name*
City*
Office/job/ministry
Phone number
Email Address
One or two sentences about why I hope the Church ordains women to the diaconate.
One or two sentences about the difference it would make to have women as deacons in my parish, apostolate or diocese.
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Share Your Story

When you submit your witness, we’ll follow up with you before publishing it on the site.

As we seek to support the Church’s discernment, these prayers, hopes and stories will be compiled into a report to share with Pope Francis and members of the papal commission in October 2021.
Select a prefix*
Full name*
City*
Office/job/ministry
Phone number
Email Address
One or two sentences about why I'm Catholic.
A few sentences about my credentials as a Catholic and a minister.
A short paragraph about my experience of call within the context of community.
A short paragraph about my diaconal ministry related to Word, liturgy and/or charity, inside and outside of church, and how it responds to pastoral needs in the church and world.
One or two sentences about the difference it would make to myself, my community and the world if I were ordained as a deacon.
One or two sentences about why I hope the Church ordains women to the diaconate
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