St. Phoebe Day 2023

In September 2023, nearly 200 Catholic communities and institutions joined Discerning Deacons in celebrating St. Phoebe Day!
Together we led our faith communities to…
  • Celebrar a Santa Febe en el día de su conmemoración (o en una fecha cercana) del 3 de septiembre
  • Rezar por la Iglesia universal durante el Sínodo Mundial mientras discernimos sobre la participación de las mujeres.
  • Celebrar las voces y los dones de las mujeres líderes de nuestras comunidades.
  • Walk with the universal church for the remainder of the Global Synod in prayer, learning, and witnesIns
"The time is right, and frankly, long overdue for the pastoral leadership of these women to be acknowledged through their ordination as deacons in the Church...I am presently open to identifying and supporting women with the gifts to preach, teach and sanctify in the life of our faith communities. I am grateful for all the ways Discerning Deacons is encouraging this movement which I believe is of the Holy Spirit."

St. Phoebe Day Witnesses

Read reports from some of the parishes, high schools, universities, and other Catholic organizations who celebrated the Feast of St. Phoebe in September 2023.

St. Francis of Assisi Parish

“Before our celebration, 10 women from the parish joined together to pray and prepare for our St. Phoebe day celebration. This was such a profound experience. A few of the women shared reflections at the Masses, and we met together to workshop and practice these reflections. This was deeply rewarding and humbling to be in this community of women supporting and praying for one another.”

Leer Mas

St. Ambrose University

“Together, we have hope for the future. We are grateful to have examples of women leaders on our campus who are committed to ministering to our campus community with dedication and strength. We pray that this celebration is just the start of uplifting women on our own campus and throughout the entirety of the Church. St. Phoebe, pray for us!”

Leer Mas

Our Lady of the Lake

“Our community, represented by three generations of women, demonstrated our commitment to the witness of St. Phoebe in a visible and concrete way…We are deeply impacted by our experience of sharing the witness of St. Phoebe, and excited to continue to uplift the ministry of women in our own parish and in the Church broadly.”

Leer Mas

St. Thomas More Catholic Community

“This was definitely a new experience for all who were involved in planning our celebration—there is value, risk and vulnerability in public witness! We are grateful to accompany one another on this journey.”

Leer Mas

¿Dónde está Santa Febe?

Explore our interactive map to see some of the places and communities where St. Phoebe was celebrated in September 2023. Don't see your celebration on the map? Send an email to us at letting us know about your celebration!

“While I’m not necessarily the one who is called to do the proclaiming, I feel called to be the one who holds the microphone for every woman who does. I hope that there are going to be generations of witnesses coming after us who will do the same. I am praying for our Church to institutionally recognize the calling of so many women already serving and leading globally.”

St. Phoebe Day 2023 - Photos and Blog Posts

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