¿Puede la iglesia prescindir de los diáconos?

During the first session of the Synod on Synodality, I happened to be the only Roman Catholic permanent deacon. I was told several times by some of the bishops present: “We do not need deacons, because we still have enough priestly vocations”. A recognizable reaction perhaps, but at the same time too short-sighted. It makes […]

El Papa Francisco, la Hermana Thea Bowman y la Dra. Cynthia Bailey Manns

I continue to be humbled by and grateful for Pope Francis’ appointment to participate in the Synod on Synodality in October 2023 and 2024. I expected an incredible, life changing experience and that is the gift I received. I spent September 28th thru October 30th in Rome as one of fifty-four women delegates, who for […]

La espera activa del Adviento  

Advent is a season of waiting. In our everyday lives, we wait for many things, both mundane and profound. We wait for the bus, we wait for the sunrise, we wait for test results. We wait for things to begin and things to end. For 9 months, we wait for children to be born. We […]

Del lado del Sínodo desde la Australia rural

Men and women walking and praying through a field

I’m writing from Rome, where I’ve been since the end of September and where there is a buzz of anticipation in the air as the final days of the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops progress. This past Wednesday, the Assembly released a letter to the People of God that expressed the hope that […]

Contribuyendo a nuestra Iglesia global como embajadores sinodales

What a blessed pilgrimage we are having here in Rome! It’s been an extraordinary, grace-filled week. Discerning Deacons hosted a synodal discernment at the Lasallian Generalate with college students from Fordham University, the College of St. Benedict and the University of Notre Dame on Monday, October 16. A team of six of us, headed by […]

Sínodo - Una Escucha que Libera

Sitting in St. Peter’s Square during the ecumenical prayer vigil before the Synod Assembly began, my mind buzzed with many things – plotting social media posts, worrying about a struggling friend, wondering if public transportation would be crowded after the service. I caught myself and took a breath, hoping to calm the hum of my brain and […]

Program Supporting Women’s Preaching in the Catholic Church Receives $1.25 Million Grant

ST. PAUL– A new program dedicated to supporting preaching by women in the Catholic Church is receiving a $1.25 million grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., through their Compelling Preaching Initiative.  A collaboration between Discerning Deacons and Saint Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, the program will allow students to earn a Certificate in Catholic Preaching and Ministry of the […]

Las parroquias reportan de celebraciones del Día de Febe llenas de esperanza

As 160+ parishes, schools, universities, retreat centers and Catholic organizations celebrate St. Phoebe in September, parishes are reporting hope-filled experiences energizing Catholics to pray for the upcoming Synod Assembly in Rome. “We had a really wonderful celebration at College Church. Both women and men were very excited at the prospect of greater inclusion of women […]

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