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Iglesia San Vicente de Paúl
Baltimore, MD
March 26, 2024

Here at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore, MD we celebrated St. Phoebe during our Sunday liturgy on September 3, 2023. Women of the parish participated in the call to worship, penitential rite, and prayers of the faithful, and a beautiful image of Paul and Phoebe was displayed on the bema at the front of the Church. Our parish’s female pastoral associate broke open the word for our community, and the children’s liturgy learned about and colored pictures of St. Phoebe. After the Eucharist, we asked the parish to reflect on their own “witness cards” and share a word/phrase that described women in their own lives who have been examples or inspirations to them. These cards were displayed on a bulletin board in the church and in our newsletter throughout September and October.

We pray that the infinite and intimate service of St. Phoebe will be acknowledged and accepted by all. St. Phoebe is a sign of hope today that the gifts of women will be more fully realized and utilized within the Church. Our celebration was a culmination of so much work and preparation, and the enthusiasm from parishioners and guests was an immense blessing. People shared that “their hearts were burning” to continue on this journey of discernment and participation. We know this conversation will continue, and we will continue studying and praying with the momentum from this celebration! We are blessed to have celebrated St. Phoebe in our community and to continue to learn from her example and witness.

 

 

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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