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Kelly Sankowski
St. Phoebe Day Witness, St. Martin de Porres, Toledo, OH
March 27, 2024

Writing my St. Phoebe Day reflection gave me the opportunity to reflect on my long and winding journey of discerning my vocational call to ministry, and how that was impacted by my own exposure (or lack thereof) to women leaders in the Church. While I consistently felt drawn toward ministerial roles and academic study of religion, it was not until I worked for a diocese and saw women in leadership there that I began to imagine that I, too, could have a career in ministry in the Church. 

While this does not necessarily mean a personal call to the diaconate, I believe the prospect deserves serious consideration and discernment. I have come to appreciate that each individual reflects different aspects of who God is, and I believe that having women's voices heard from the pulpit could open us up to a more complete picture of the divine. Perhaps it could also make it easier for future generations of Catholic women to imagine themselves as leaders in the Church.

“This is not only because Church teaching written by men sometimes misses the mark when it comes to women’s lived experience. It is not only because our Church’s management in many ways mirrors the patriarchal systems that have also harmed our secular society – mismanaging cases of abuse and failing to provide living wages or adequate parental leave policies to its employees. It is primarily because without women’s voices, we are missing out on entire elements of who God is.” -Kelly Sankowski, St. Phoebe Day 2023

 

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Organization
“Our St. Phoebe Day celebration was a Catholic mass at its best—coming together, unified at the Eucharistic table, getting nourished through meaningful ritual, prayerful and relevant songs, a challenging message on synodality from scripture, and engaging and honest testimonies from two women in our community. St. Joan of Arc parish today did what Jesus did years ago—fed souls and gave people hope.”
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Minneapolis, MN
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“Together, we are grateful that the ministry and example of St. Phoebe enlivens our community to participate in exploring the unique gifts of women in our faith community. Here at Cranaleith, we feel strongly about creating space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves, their communities and society. This retreat was an opportunity for us to do just that.”
Centro Espiritual Cranaleith
Philadelphia, PA
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“The icon of St. Phoebe is still present in our Chapel today, where we are able to remember her witness and ask her to intercede on our behalf.”
Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

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