Celebrate St. Phoebe Day in 2024

In September 2024, hundreds of Catholic faith communities around the world will celebrate the Feast of Deacon St. Phoebe. While each celebration will reflect the unique perspectives and needs of the community, all will be united around four common goals:

Lift up Deacon St. Phoebe on September 3, the day she is commemorated, or on another day in the month of September

Pray for global synod leaders and the universal church as topics related to women’s leadership and the diaconate continue to be discerned.

Amplify and listen to the voices of women leaders in our communities.

Offer our communities an opportunity to exercise diakonia, their baptismal call to bridge-building and humble service, especially to those on the margins of our communities, parishes, society, etc.

Register your St. Phoebe Day celebration

Commit your parish or Catholic institution to praying for our synodal Church and celebrating women's gifts on or near 9/3/24.

Register your St. Phoebe Day celebration


Start Your Journey

Just getting started with Discerning Deacons? Here are some steps you can take right now to jumpstart your journey to St. Phoebe Day 2023.

New to Discerning Deacons? Curious how you can get involved in the movement to grow the conversation about rethinking women’s roles in a synodal Church, including possibly as deacons?

Drop in for a welcome call to learn about Discerning Deacons, to connect with others across the country and world, and to get up to speed on the most current opportunities to step into your protagonism in the Church.

Welcome calls are generally offered on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. ET/10 a.m. PT and last 45-60 minutes.

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Discerning Deacons stands in a long tradition of Church renewal as we dare to imagine together the difference women deacons would make for our Church.

Your investment and financial support will help fuel our work to engage leaders in Catholic institutions and in decision-making positions so that we can more fully embody the vision of a listening and participatory Church that discerns and walks together.

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At Discerning Deacons we lift up the stories of women serving in ministry today who are ready to be received as deacons in the Church. We also invite all Catholics to share prayers and hopes for our Church’s discernment, as we seek to bear collective witness to the movement of the Holy Spirit.

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Interested in learning more about the history of women and the diaconate in the Catholic Church? On our resource page, you’ll find answers to frequently asked questions, educational webinars, studies, and other free resources we’ve compiled.

Explore educational resources.

In September 2023, nearly 200 Catholic communities and institutions joined Discerning Deacons in celebrating St. Phoebe Day!

Read about the celebrations.
“St. Phoebe is an inspiration to us on our journey together. She inspires us to work hard, to greet and welcome others, and to hold close to the Word of God. Because of her example, we can be active bearers of God’s love which we have experienced in our lives.”
Photo by Brennan Hall

Plan Your Phoebe Day Celebration

Will your parish or institution make a joyful noise next September as the Church re-thinks women’s participation in synod? Here’s how you can prepare for your Phoebe Day celebration.

In the months leading up to St. Phoebe Day, Discerning Deacons offers monthly trainings for those planning St. Phoebe Day celebrations. Join us for a call to connect with other leaders and get the latest resources for your celebration.

Find a Leader Huddle or Info Session.

Planning to celebrate St. Phoebe with your community? Register your celebration with Discerning Deacons and get information on our training calls, access to our most up-to-date offerings to support your Phoebe Day planning efforts, as well as free Phoebe Day swag to help share the good news in your community.

Register your celebration.

We’ve got everything you need to begin planning your St. Phoebe Day celebration—from basics on St. Phoebe and the Global Synod, to key dates and ideas for planning your celebration. 

Download the toolkit.

Explore our resource page for songs, visuals, prayers, and other resources you can incorporate into your St. Phoebe Day celebration.

Explore resources.

Turn out your local community for the St. Phoebe Global Prayer, streaming live from Rome on October 3, 2024 as the culmination of the previous months’ St. Phoebe Day celebrations.

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“To be a woman and to speak about my experience of God during Mass meant so much to me and to many other women present. Discerning Deacons has given me hope for a Church that includes, honors, and celebrates women’s voices, leadership, and ministry. I feel honored to be a part of this community.”

Prepare the Ground

Becoming a synodal church is about journeying together. How will you journey together with your community in the months leading up to St. Phoebe Day? Here are some ways to prepare the ground.

Consider using the following guide to design and facilitate a local Discerning Diakonia synodal forum with either your immediate community (parish, campus, ministry), or communities across your diocese or region.

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Get six weeks’ worth of content to help you deepen the conversation in your community about rethinking women’s participation in the Church during the global synod. Designed to support small group study and conversation, this tool gathers some of our favorite resources and pairs them with prayer and guided discussion questions to support your community’s learning journey.

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Photo by Brennan Hall.

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