Emily Southerton preaches about her vocation as a chaplain and our shared baptismal call to be priests, prophets and kings (Catholic Women Preach)

“A prophet is not without honor except in (their) native place and among (their) own kin and in (their) own house.”  Mark 6:4.

Hearing this verse reminds me of my own life story, and how I became a chaplain. It took me a while to confidently wear the bright blue chaplain name badge. And at first, I felt that I needed to moderate my title, saying: I am a lay chaplain which means I offer empathic listening, grief support, and call the priest when a person is in need of the sacraments.

Read more at Catholic Women Preach (July 4)

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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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