Catholic Women Deacons? A Discernment & Listening Session

Discerning Deacons and Nucleo Mujeres encounter Pope Francis, October 13, 2021.

Discerning Deacons and Nucleo Mujeres encounter Pope Francis, October 13, 2021

New date!! Sunday, March 13th, 2022  |  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm*

The question of women and the diaconate is a living conversation and an active discernment in our Church. In a listening, participatory and synodal Church, it is a question not only for Synods of Bishops and papal commissions, but it is a discernment for the entire people of God.  The heart of this meeting will be an opportunity for women to discern, reflect, to speak and be heard about our key question:

What is the Holy Spirit saying to each of us with regard to discerning women as permanent deacons?

The agenda will include a scriptural reading with a short, preached reflection by a woman, testimonies from local women experiencing a call to the diaconate and quiet and shared reflection time in table groups.  Table reflections will be shared back to the full group and a synthesis of the findings will be made available to the Vatican as part of the Global Synod process. 

*please arrive by 1:45 pm to check-in.

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Endorser
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Endorser
“It is time for the Church to heed the Spirit’s voice, recognizing women’s call to the diaconate and allow the Spirit to restore and renew the Body of Christ so that it may fully live into its identity of missionary discipleship.”
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
Witness
“I feel that the Catholic Church as it is structured is not what Jesus envisioned for his followers—so many of them were women of his day. What happened?”
Joan D. Martin
Ignatian Volunteer Corps Member, parishioner at New Roads Catholic Community in Belmont, MA

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