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Church of the Ascension
Minneapolis, MN
May 1, 2024

At Church of the Ascension in Minneapolis, Minnesota, we celebrated St. Phoebe in Mass by introducing her to our community through narrative, song and prayer. We told some of her story at the beginning of Mass, and then St. Phoebe was mentioned again both during the homily and in a witness testimony from a parishioner. The Mass parts, including the hymns and prayers of the faithful all uplifted St. Phoebe and women’s ministry in the Church. Most engaging, however, was the event held after Mass in which we shared about the life and ministry of St. Phoebe, highlighted the global Synod, and participated in the synodal listening process using questions from Instrumentum Laboris. 

It was so life-giving to listen to such an inspiring and powerful witness testimony, as well as to work alongside one another on our team to plan this event. There was so much good energy among the planning team and parishioners! The timing of this event in connecting the witness of St. Phoebe to the movement to rethink women’s participation in the global Synod was a perfect way to encourage our parish community to continue to pray, discern, reflect and discuss together.

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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