(Sigo) soñando con el diaconado

«Querido Papa Francisco, me gustaría que los diáconos pudieran tener mujeres diáconas porque las mujeres pueden tener nuevas ideas y diferentes perspectivas. También estará más cerca de la parusía. Hay más razones pero esas son algunas de las mías. De Lucy, 8 años y medio».

A few months ago I authored a reflection titled, “The Pope is “…very much in favor of a female diaconate.” So imagine my surprise (shock/sadness/anger) as I watched Pope Francis seem to undermine his own synodal process when he indicated in an interview with 60 Minutes reporter Norah O’Donnell – that “no” a girl cannot dream […]

El Papa está "...muy a favor del diaconado femenino"

You read it correctly! Pope Francis, according to Sr. Linda Pocher, is “very much in favor of the female diaconate.” Last week Pope Francis sought counsel from three wise women: Sr. Linda Pocher, a theologian and expert on Marian-Petrine matters; Giuliva Di Berardino, a liturgist, educator, and consecrated virgin from Italy; and Rev. Jo Bailey […]

El Bautismo nos unge con el poder de hacer el bien

This week we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord, the first of the Luminous Mysteries. I contemplate this mystery, turning it over in my mind as the beads twirl in my hand: What difference does Jesus’ baptism make? This moment when God anoints “Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power.” (Acts 10:38) It’s the beginning of Jesus’ […]

Compartiendo el desborde

As we wrap up a month-long celebration of St. Phoebe there’s a distinct feeling of “the overflow“–an expression Pope Francis uses to describe the experience of grace when a way, at last appears, often after a season of patient waiting. Our hope was to stoke the flames of devotion to St. Phoebe and awareness of […]

Phoebe, Mother of Preachers

Barbara Pegg, a lay Dominican, shared this image and title of Phoebe with the circle of women preparing to reflect on the Word at my home parish in Durham, NC this weekend. It brings to mind the many women preachers I have known – Catholic, Baptist, Lutheran, Episcopalian, non-denominational, United Methodist, Pentecostal, AME – I […]

El Torbellino de Energia de Santa Febe

The week of the Opening Mass for the Synod in Rome back in October 2021, Ellie and I found ourselves in an educational meeting with a member of the Dicastery for Divine Worship. We were curious to understand what the path might look like for St. Phoebe to be restored in our calendar of saints, which would […]

¡Continúa la Buena Nueva en el Camino Sinodal!

As many of you have heard – the working document for the global synod called the Instrumentum Laboris was published three weeks ago. We have been overjoyed with the extraordinary good news – that the state of the question of women’s roles in the Church was indeed named as one of the priority themes to […]

Witnessing a Missionary Synodal Church in the Amazon

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord hears the cry of the poor (Psalm 34:7) Two weeks ago the Instrumentum Laboris–the document that will guide the Church in the next phase of the global synod–was released in Rome and shared with the world.  I was driving in a truck in Rondônia out of Porto Velho, Brazil on our […]

En la Fiesta de la Visitación y en Vísperas de una Visita Papal

Greetings on this Feast of the Visitation! Today seems like a fitting one to share good news with you friends, pilgrims, and fellow discerning deacons…I’m expecting! In our household, this is a source of tremendous delight and anticipation. My about-to-turn 11 and 9 year-old keep track of the baby’s developments, and they eagerly await the […]

Nuestra fe pascual radica en un encuentro real

Resurrection | St. John’s Bible | Donald Jackson Reflection for Tuesday, Octave of Easter She saw Jesus there, but did not know it was Jesus.  Then she mistakes him for the gardener – actually, she accuses him of being a grave robber “Sir, if you carried him away, tell me where you laid him, and […]

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