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Witnesses
Daryl Grigsby
Author, Board Member for Leadership Foundations and Color Me Human Nevada County, Volunteer for Get On The Bus, Nevada City, CA
April 4, 2024

“Without women there is no Catholic church, hospital, school, university, social service, prison ministry, etc. The role of deacon would pour out the Spirit on the Church and the world through the women in whom He/She resides.

[Having women deacons in my parish] would be a visible sign of God’s love for all humanity and would recognize women as leaders in the parish—beyond the leadership women demonstrate often without title. I converted to Catholicism due in large part to the leadership of a woman who served as parish leader through the position of Parish Life Director (PLD) in the Archdiocese of Seattle.

My daughters cannot understand why I attend a church that has limits on the role of women. Women can be judges, university presidents, corporate executives, astronauts, but not ordained as servants of God, the Church and humanity.

I attended Seattle University School of Theology and Ministry years ago. There were many gifted Catholic women there; seeking theological training and spiritual formation. Some, in search of a place to utilize their gifts, left the Catholic Church in order to obtain ordained leadership positions in other denominations and faith traditions.”

Endorser
“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
Witness
“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
Endorser
“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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