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!

Ellie & Casey

Ellie & Casey

Co-Directors, Dicserning Deacons

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“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
“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
“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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