St. Basil’s Catholic Parish

“This was such a great learning experience for all of us, and even more so, a chance to build momentum and connection.”

Holy Name of Jesus Parish

“We are proud to stand on the shoulders of the many women who have ministered to the people of God throughout time!”

St. John Fisher Parish

“Learning about the history of women in the diaconate gave context to efforts to enable women’s participation in the diaconate today, and it was powerful to celebrate St. Phoebe and uplift the ministry of women in our own community.”

St. Theresa Catholic Church

“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.”

Saint Joseph’s University Campus Ministry

“We are grateful and moved by this opportunity to uplift the witnesses of influential women in our lives and communities at this exciting, synodal time in the Church.”

Colleen Schoeck

“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.”

The Church of St. Francis Xavier

“We raised so much awareness from our event, of both the ongoing Synod and of St. Phoebe and her ministry. Together, we learned of the power of the intercession of St. Phoebe, and how significant her feast day can be to carry the message of women’s roles in the Church.”

St. Barnabas Parish

“The most meaningful parts of our celebration together included a standing ovation following the witness reflection, the power and strength of the reflection itself, and the procession at the start of mass. In the procession, young women carried in and presented symbols of St. Phoebe including an icon, the commission of St. Paul, a deacon’s stole and a pitcher of water to symbolize our shared baptism.”

Rhonda Miska

“Preaching on the Feast of St. Phoebe, and supporting and training other women to preach, was a joyful and invigorating experience. It is beautiful to see women claim the truth that they are called and gifted, and equally beautiful to see the People of God’s receptivity to women’s preaching, ministry, and leadership.”

Aaron Sinner

“I hope my two little girls can grow up in a church where they know their full dignity and gifts are honored, because they see the Church uplifting voices and perspectives like theirs.”

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