Celebrate St. Phoebe Day

Catholic communities and institutions around the world are invited to join Discerning Deacons in celebration and prayer for our universal Church as we journey together in synod this September 2023.
Together we will lead our faith communities to…
  • Lift up St. Phoebe on or near the day she is commemorated, September 3
  • Pray for the universal church during the Global Synod as we discern about women’s participation
  • Celebrate the voices and gifts of women leaders in our communities
  • Walk with the universal church for the remainder of the Global Synod in prayer, learning, and witness

Take action this September!

Learn how you can pray, discern, and bear witness with Discerning Deacons this St. Phoebe Day.

Where is St. Phoebe?

Explore our interactive map to see some of the places and communities where St. Phoebe will be celebrated this September. For more information on a celebration you see on the map, contact us at info@discerningdeacons.org.

Don't see your celebration on the map? It's not too late to plan a Phoebe Day celebration! Click the button to add your event, and use the tools below to plan it.

Register your Feast of St. Phoebe Celebration

Commit your parish or Catholic institution to praying for our synodal Church and celebrating women's gifts on or near 9/3/23.

Register your Feast of St. Phoebe Celebration

Commit your parish or Catholic institution to praying for our synodal Church and celebrating women's gifts on or near 9/3/23.

Start Your Journey

Just getting started with Discerning Deacons? Here are some steps you can take right now to jumpstart your journey to St. Phoebe Day 2023.

New to Discerning Deacons? Curious how you can get involved in the movement to grow the conversation about rethinking women’s roles in a synodal Church, including possibly as deacons?

Drop in for a welcome call to learn about Discerning Deacons, to connect with others across the country and world, and to get up to speed on the most current opportunities to step into your protagonism in the Church.

Welcome calls are generally offered on the third Tuesday of each month at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT and last 45-60 minutes.

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Discerning Deacons stands in a long tradition of Church renewal as we dare to imagine together the difference women deacons would make for our Church.

Your investment and financial support will help fuel our work to engage leaders in Catholic institutions and in decision-making positions so that we can more fully embody the vision of a listening and participatory Church that discerns and walks together.

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At Discerning Deacons we lift up the stories of women serving in ministry today who are ready to be received as deacons in the Church. We also invite all Catholics to share prayers and hopes for our Church’s discernment, as we seek to bear collective witness to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

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Interested in learning more about the history of women and the diaconate in the Catholic Church? On our resource page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, educational webinars, studies, and other free resources we’ve compiled.

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“I find in Discerning Deacons a genuine understanding of and commitment to the process of discernment. When we approach important and sometimes difficult questions in this spirit, it sheds light on the entire mystery of the Church and opens to us unexpected pathways. I would encourage all who love the Church to engage in this process.”

Plan Your Phoebe Day Celebration

Will your parish or institution make a joyful noise next September as the Church re-thinks women’s participation in synod? Here’s how you can prepare for your Phoebe Day celebration.

There are many ways to celebrate St. Phoebe Day! If you’re just learning about St. Phoebe Day and are looking for a simple roadmap to celebrating, look no further. Here are some simple steps you can take to incorporate a celebration of St. Phoebe Day into an existing liturgy or prayer service any time in the month of September.

Start planning your event.

Planning to celebrate St. Phoebe with your community? Register your celebration with Discerning Deacons and get information on our training calls, access to our most up-to-date offerings to support your Phoebe Day planning efforts, as well as free Phoebe Day swag to help share the good news in your community.

Register your celebration.

We’ve got everything you need to begin planning your St. Phoebe Day celebration—from basics on St. Phoebe and the Global Synod, to key dates and ideas for planning your celebration. 

Download the toolkit.

Ready to start imagining the specifics of your St. Phoebe Day celebration? Download our Liturgy Guide and Planning Checklist and begin charting your path.

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"As a black Catholic woman with a call to preach, I have never felt a more urgent need for voices like mine in our Church and in our country to be able to be heard, and to have the voice of women during the time we come together as a community weekly to praise, worship and hear God moving in all of our lives."
Kayla August
Doctoral Student, Boston College School of Theology and Ministry

Prepare the Ground

Becoming a synodal church is about journeying together. How will you journey together with your community in the months leading up to St. Phoebe Day? Here are some ways to prepare the ground.

The Vatican calls all of us, at every level of the Church, to collective discernment on issues that matter to the People of God around the planet, including rethinking women’s participation in the Church.

Check out our resource, “How to Throw a Great Synodal Discernment Party: A Discerning Deacons Recipe” for ideas of how to plan your session—and have some fun while you’re at it!

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Get six weeks’ worth of content to help you deepen the conversation in your community about rethinking women’s participation in the Church during the global synod. Designed to support small group study and conversation, this tool gathers some of our favorite resources and pairs them with prayer and guided discussion questions to support your community’s learning journey.

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