July 15, 2021

REGISTER TODAY: Discerning Deacons hosts a virtual liturgy and gathering on the Feast of St. Phoebe, Friday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. ET

Click here to register for the Zoom liturgy.

We invite Catholics to gather virtually to pray for the intercession of St. Phoebe, listen to powerful testimonies from Catholic women engaged in diaconal ministry, and express our collective hope that the Church would “receive them in the Lord,” just as St. Paul asked the Church in Rome to receive Phoebe the diakonos in Romans 16:1-2.

The liturgy will take place in both English and Spanish.

Embrace | Witness | Hope

We embrace the ministry of deacons.
We witness the diaconal ministry of women.
We hope in the Holy Spirit for healing and renewal.


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“To encounter a woman deacon would offer the world a different prism through which to meet and marvel at the truth of Jesus. The beauty of Catholicism deserves to reflect his bold collaboration with women.”
Fr. Michael Hickin
Pastor of three parishes in Cavalier County, North Dakota
“I do hope the Church ordains women to the diaconate soon. There is no reason why it should be postponed any longer, since women have done pastoral and spiritual ministry for many, many years! As a rural Pastoral Administrator, I have already carried out the ministry of a deacon.”
Sr. Mary A. Lamski, C.S.J.
Spiritual Director, St. Paul, Minnesota
“I find in Discerning Deacons a genuine understanding of and commitment to the process of discernment. I would encourage all who love the Church to engage in this process.”
Fr. Joe Doran
Pastor, St. Pius V Catholic Community, Pasadena, Texas

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