Catholic Women Deacons? A Discernment & Listening Session

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

Event Details

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.

 

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Endorser
“What a blessing it would be to see women … preaching the Good News from the pulpit and feeding God’s people at the Eucharist table as an Ordinary Minister of Holy Communion.”
Frank "Jay" Vocelka, OblSB
Retired Deacon from Fulltime Parish Ministry (Diocese of Austin)
Witness
“My hope is that young girls will not be reminded on a weekly basis of how they are excluded from Catholic Mass and that young boys will not be reminded on a weekly basis of how they are empowered above women through the current Catholic institutional structures.”
Katherine Novinski
Educator, Denver, Colorado
Witness
“Our Church needs women to be fully alive and active in and through her. I hope I see women welcomed to enter and live the diaconate in our Catholic Church in my lifetime. I would sign up yesterday.”
Louise Beggs
Small Faith Group Pastoral Minister, Ottawa, Canada

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POSTPONED

Out of an abundance of caution and care, we are postponing Saturday’s listening and discernment session for a new date this spring.  
The possibility of women deacons remains an important topic for discussion and discernment in our church.
We will announce a new date as soon as we are able.
Thank you for your patience and understanding.