mini-bible study with discerning deacons

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The Good News of Women and the Diaconate according to the Gospels

A 2-session bible study with Lizzie Berne DeGear, BCC, PhD

Wednesday, September 8th and 

Wednesday September 15th 

from 7:00-7:45pm EST

 

As Catholics, we know that Scripture can be a powerful tool in spiritual discernment.

So let it be with Discerning Deacons! In celebration of Saint Phoebe, NACC Chaplain and Bible scholar Lizzie Berne DeGear is offering three 45-minute zoom study sessions where we will delve into the original Greek and Hebrew of our Bible to tap into the scriptural roots of the diaconate. Together let’s discover the gospel heart of this ministry! No prior knowledge or study is required to participate, just curiosity and a desire for the wholeness of our Church.

Lizzie Berne DeGear, PhD is a chaplain, writer, Bible scholar and Catholic. Her biblical scholarship combines depth psychology and theology and has appeared in Religious Education and the UTS Quarterly Review, as well as in her book For She Has Heard. She is a contributing author to Guidepost’s Mornings with Jesus: Daily Encouragement for your Soul (2019 and 2020 editions), and is currently completing a book on the Gospel of Mark entitled Jesus Found in Translation. Certified by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains since 2002, she enjoyed teaching Bible Studies at the Church of St. Francis Xavier in NYC from 2002-2019, and moved to an online platform with this year’s Lenten Bible Study through Future Church:“ Women Rediscovered in the Bible”. Her homily for Catholic Women Preach in honor of the Feast of Mary Magdalene can be seen here and for more about Lizzie and her work, you can visit her website here.

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Witness
“[I hope the Church ordains women to the diaconate] to bring a wider witness and expression of God’s life, love, and presence to the people of God. Women’s voices and leadership will heal, encourage and empower the lives of men, women, and children. It will call forth a new understanding of church vocation and enrich Catholic family life.”
Deedee Van Dyke
Catholic Chaplain, Joliet, IL
Witness
“The first Apostle was a woman, Mary Magdalena. She continues to remain a tower of strength for women in ministry today. If more women were ordained to the diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church, I believe we would have more meaningful and spiritually enriching homilies, and our liturgies would embrace and welcome all to the Eucharistic table.”
Sonja Grace
Witness
“If I was ordained as a deacon, it would not be a means to an end, but rather it would be a continual invitation to a deeper and broader journey with Christ. Deacons are asked to become outwardly more visible as hands in service to the Church. To respond to such a vocation would be a treasure, a deepening of my inner faith life enriched by the outward experiences of ministry and service. Both the inner and outer journey become a longing to seek and know the Christ we are called to serve.”   
Nina Laubach
Student, MDiv program at Princeton Theological Seminary

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