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Mary Ellen Thomas
Retired Hospice RN, Columbus, OH
April 4, 2024

“[If my parish had women deacons,] the gifts of women would serve to further enrich the vision and ministry of the parish. I served for seven years as a Pastoral Associate. My area of service grew more limited during that time. I had preached at Liturgy and had more classes in Homiletics than the male priests of our Diocese, but my preaching responsibility was stopped due to ‘fear’ of the hierarchy of that time. My role became more limited. As I was leaving the staff, one of the priests told me that he thought that ‘you were able to reach some of our community in a way that the priests could not.’ It is very sad to think that the Church has to date chosen an all male priesthood with more limited numbers that has resulted in parishes closing and more people leaving the Church. We don’t have a shortage of priests as much as we have a shortage of listening to the Holy Spirit. Jesus has told us not to be afraid. I think we very much need the courage of women, who bring unique gifts and vision to the service of the people and the Church.”

Loving God, you have made each person as a unique reflection of you. Give us the faith and courage to include all in the call to Ordination.

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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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Organization
“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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Organization
“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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