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Our Lady of Loretto
South Bend, IN
March 8, 2024

We organized a unique procession and prayer service to honor St. Phoebe on her feast day, September 3, 2023 at Our Lady of Loretto, hosted by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in South Bend, IN. During the opening procession, there were five stops at which we read sections of the synodal document Instrumentum Laboris, and then responded in prayer and song, singing together, “Receive her in the Lord.” As we processed, two Holy Cross sisters literally opened the doors of the church for us, to receive our procession and our prayers into the inner sanctuary. The service began with a litany of deacon saints, including St. Phoebe, followed by prayers shared by members of the community in both English and Spanish. 20 community members were involved throughout the procession with 9 different voices speaking and leading us in prayer.

Together, increasing our devotion to St. Phoebe, we created something that was empowering, mystical, connective and embodied. We experienced what it can feel like to walk and pray together on a synodal journey. We are powerful together! There is such a thirst for this conversation and for this type of embodied prayer and communal witness.

This celebration and our witness feels so tied to the General Assembly of the Synod. We are crying out to St. Phoebe and begging for her intercession on this journey. We are so filled with the Spirit, excited to meet again next year, and to continue praying and witnessing to our shared devotion to St. Phoebe. Santa Febe ¡Ruega por Nosotros!

      

 

 

   

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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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