St. Phoebe, pray for us!

Day 5 of the Novena to St. Phoebe

After months of planning and preparation, we are delighted to embark on Phoebe Day celebrations with you this weekend. As of this week, 160+ Catholic parishes, high schools, universities, retreat centers and organizations will commemorate the feast of St. Phoebe throughout the month of September. We will pray for the upcoming global Synod in Rome and reflect on the Church’s discernment about women’s participation, including the diaconate.

Here are a few of our educational resources available to download and distribute:

We also want to be inviting others to go on this synodal journey with us… Here’s one handout you can print that invites your community to Act on St. Phoebe Day

Find all of our shareable Phoebe Day resources on our website. And if you are just getting started on your planning, be sure to check out our Quick Guide for Hosting a St. Phoebe Day Celebration.

Are some people in your community still wondering if St. Phoebe really is a Saint? Fr. Felix Just was getting that question too, and so he wrote this thoughtful article in La-Croix International to help set the record straight and added a slightly expanded version to his website.

Finally, we’re so excited to share this recent podcast interview that Lisa Amman – the one and only phenomenal Discerning Deacons Deputy Director of Engagement – had with Colleen Gibson and Erin McDonald, the CSJ hosts of Beyond the Habit! The title of the episode is “Active Hope” – and this is a virtue Lisa cultivates in every encounter and challenge. Lisa has a gift for telling stories, inspiring others, stating things plainly, and wrapping it all in humor. You’ll definitely want to give this a listen!

¡Firme Adelante!

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Ellie & Casey

Co-Directors, Dicserning Deacons

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Organization
“Our St. Phoebe Day celebration was a Catholic mass at its best—coming together, unified at the Eucharistic table, getting nourished through meaningful ritual, prayerful and relevant songs, a challenging message on synodality from scripture, and engaging and honest testimonies from two women in our community. St. Joan of Arc parish today did what Jesus did years ago—fed souls and gave people hope.”
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Minneapolis, MN
Organization
“Together, we are grateful that the ministry and example of St. Phoebe enlivens our community to participate in exploring the unique gifts of women in our faith community. Here at Cranaleith, we feel strongly about creating space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves, their communities and society. This retreat was an opportunity for us to do just that.”
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Philadelphia, PA
Organization
“The icon of St. Phoebe is still present in our Chapel today, where we are able to remember her witness and ask her to intercede on our behalf.”
Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

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