Catholic Women Deacons? A Discernment & Listening Session

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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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
Endorser
“It is time to open up the permanent diaconate to all who are qualified regardless of gender. The Church needs this witness.”
Keith Davis
Director of Deacon Formation (Archdiocese of Santa Fe) and National Association of Lay Ministry Board Member
Witness
“Having women present in leadership at Mass would truly reveal the importance of women in the church.”
Lena Denis

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