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Witnesses
Holy Name of Jesus Parish
New Orleans, LA
June 17, 2024

To raise awareness of the ministry of St. Phoebe and encourage the discernment of women’s ordination to the diaconate, on September 3rd, 2023 we hosted a St. Phoebe celebration at Holy Name of Jesus Parish in New Orleans, LA. At the celebration, our Director of Pastoral Life gave a reflection following the Eucharist at all Sunday liturgies that day and also handed out prayer cards following each Mass. Prior to our celebration, we had three parish study circles available for parishioners to come and learn about uplifting women’s leadership and participation in the Church.

It was so encouraging to learn about the long history of women’s leadership in the early Church and to be inspired by their witness. So many women in our community were not familiar with this history. We are proud to stand on the shoulders of the many women who have ministered to the people of God throughout time! We are so grateful for the support we have on this journey from one another, from Discerning Deacons and from our local ordained ministers. We were so well received by our community; this is just the beginning of our journey together! We are proud to be a part of this movement.

Organization
“Our St. Phoebe Day celebration was a Catholic mass at its best—coming together, unified at the Eucharistic table, getting nourished through meaningful ritual, prayerful and relevant songs, a challenging message on synodality from scripture, and engaging and honest testimonies from two women in our community. St. Joan of Arc parish today did what Jesus did years ago—fed souls and gave people hope.”
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Minneapolis, MN
Organization
“Together, we are grateful that the ministry and example of St. Phoebe enlivens our community to participate in exploring the unique gifts of women in our faith community. Here at Cranaleith, we feel strongly about creating space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves, their communities and society. This retreat was an opportunity for us to do just that.”
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Philadelphia, PA
Organization
“The icon of St. Phoebe is still present in our Chapel today, where we are able to remember her witness and ask her to intercede on our behalf.”
Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

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