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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!

      

 

 

   

Promotor
“I have worked alongside many lay and religious women in my ministry who have exhibited outstanding ability for ministry.  Many have taught me by their example how to be a more effective minister, and by their instruction, helped me to grow in this role…It’s time that the Church gets in step with society and recognizes the equality of women in the workplace.  Women are as capable as men in the work of ministry, and have demonstrated the same equality in scholarship, skills and education as men.”
Fr. Joseph A. Genito, O.S.A
Pastor, St. Thomas of Villanova Parish, Philadelphia, PA
Testigo
“If there were women deacons in my parish, lay women would relate in a deep and meaningful way to deacons who look, act, speak and feel more like themselves…Though I am an unlikely choice to wear the alb and stole, I have a deep commitment to service in Christ’s name and I try to live it every day. Any need that arises, I am ready to shoulder it, though some needs of our sisters and brothers would be well- or better-served by a woman’s different compassion.”
Deacon Bill Zapcic
Parish Deacon and Homilist, Retired Journalist, Tinton Falls, NJ
Promotor
“Not only is ordaining women as deacons a restoration of the dynamism of the early Church, it is a matter of justice!”
Fr. Stephen P Newton, CSC
Executive Director, Association of US Catholic Priests, Notre Dame, IN

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