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Witnesses
Deacon Bill Zapcic
Parish Deacon and Homilist, Retired Journalist, Tinton Falls, NJ
April 4, 2024

“Only women understand all the aspects of being part of the majority of humankind. That perspective is critically needed to fully serve God and God’s people. 

I am the oldest of six sons, and growing up without sisters, I had no one besides my mom to give the girl’s or woman’s perspective on … anything. As I grew and developed friendships with women, especially one who often twitted me, “You’re not thinking like a girl about this,” I came to realize that I know too little about too many people, secularly as well as spiritually and religiously.

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. 

It’s been too long since the restoration of the permanent diaconate for the ministry to be awash in patriarchal clericalism. 

My call to the diaconate is proof that God has a wild sense of humor. 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.”

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
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
Witness
We don’t have a shortage of priests as much as we have a shortage of listening to the Holy Spirit. Jesus has told us not to be afraid. I think we very much need the courage of women, who bring unique gifts and vision to the service of the people and the Church.
Mary Ellen Thomas
Retired Hospice RN, Columbus, OH

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