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Michelle Catania
St. Phoebe Day Witness, Bellarmine Chapel, Cincinnati, OH
May 1, 2024

I have always heard powerful stories from women, who because of the dignity of their baptism, have a deep call to serve and preach and lead in our Church. They are the ones who have formed and continue to enrich my Catholic faith. We come from a long line of women witnesses who have been doing this all along – despite enforced limitations – to serve and proclaim. I am blessed to have always participated to the extent I’ve wanted within my own Church experience. Since childhood, I was always empowered – to be involved, to plan, to lead – but only because of the called women and men around me – who supported that. I ask though, how can other young girls, or grown women, want to be something they have never seen in their own lives? 

I’ve been involved in my local area with the Synod on Synodality and was also a delegate to the North American Continental Synod Assembly in 2023. Through these opportunities, I heard, and was further inspired by, even more women’s stories – their joys, concerns, frustrations, and determination for what our Church should be. 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.

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Organization
“We raised so much awareness from our event, of both the ongoing Synod and of St. Phoebe and her ministry. Together, we learned of the power of the intercession of St. Phoebe, and how significant her feast day can be to carry the message of women’s roles in the Church.”
The Church of St. Francis Xavier
New York, NY
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Organization
“The most meaningful parts of our celebration together included a standing ovation following the witness reflection, the power and strength of the reflection itself, and the procession at the start of mass. In the procession, young women carried in and presented symbols of St. Phoebe including an icon, the commission of St. Paul, a deacon’s stole and a pitcher of water to symbolize our shared baptism.”
Parroquia de San Bernabé
Chicago, IL
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Testigo
“Preaching on the Feast of St. Phoebe, and supporting and training other women to preach, was a joyful and invigorating experience. It is beautiful to see women claim the truth that they are called and gifted, and equally beautiful to see the People of God’s receptivity to women’s preaching, ministry, and leadership.”
Rhonda Miska
St. Phoebe Day Witness at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, MN; Founder and Co-convener of the Catholic Women's Preaching Circle; Catholic Women Preach Advisory Board Member

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