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Witnesses
Fr. Bob Bonnot
June 1, 2021

“Pope Francis has established two timely commissions to explore the question of ordaining women to the diaconate. He requires careful discernment on all important questions facing the Church. Listening is central to his call for church-wide synodality. This Discerning Deacons initiative is an effective and timely way to engage the baptized and enable them to learn, discern, and raise their voice regarding the ordination of women deacons.”

Fr. Bob Bonnot is the former executive director of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

Witness
“I’m not sure I’m really called to be a deacon, but even the chance to have a platform in front of a parish during mass would be a revelation for folks, especially people who experience gender discrimination. The Church would start to live out a truer version of universality.”
Katie Laskey
Contemplative Leaders in Action -  DC Cohort 2021-23 
Witness
“Women have been the caregivers and great support of most churches. Why? Because we deal with the personhood of the ordinary. The everyday matters of living. To me, that is what a deacon is. She extends the Church to the common community: visiting the sick and dying, helping parents with family problems, attending as a lector at Mass, burying the dead, and comforting families.” 
Kathleen Carlton Johnson
Hospice Chaplain
Endorser
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Deacon Guillermo "Memo" Rodriguez
Facilitator of Diaconate Formation for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles

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