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
“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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