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Witnesses
Carley Haselhorst
Parish Minister, Indianapolis, IN
May 16, 2024

When I was thirteen years old attending mass at my family’s parish, our church’s first deacon candidate spoke to the congregation explaining the diaconate role.  For me this was a “that’s what I want to be when I grow up” moment. “Women can be deacons, too, right?,” I asked my dad afterwards. He gently explained otherwise.

Yet, over the years as I’ve tried to find my place in the Church, the diaconate has remained my guiding light. I cannot imagine anything more exhilarating than embodying a bridge from the pulpit to the marginalized. When I attend ordinations or first masses of deacons, whether friends or strangers, my heart burns in joyful solidarity.

I think that a female diaconate would be electric for our Church. Being engaged with the Synod on Synodality and Discerning Deacons’ work within it has been one of the most energizing things I’ve ever been a part of. Through our local Phoebe Circle’s efforts to grow this conversation, I have met some of the most intelligent, visionary, compassionate, and faithful people, and I am filled with shockwaves of hope!

Organization
“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.”
The Church of St. Francis Xavier
New York, NY
Organization
“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.”
St. Barnabas Parish
Chicago, IL
Witness
“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.”
Rhonda Miska
St. Phoebe Day Witness at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, MN; Founder and Co-convener of the Catholic Women's Preaching Circle; Catholic Women Preach Advisory Board Member

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