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Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
Durham, NC
March 26, 2024

At our parish, Immaculate Conception in Durham, NC, we celebrated St. Phoebe’s feast day with special Masses that centered the role of women and uplifted the witness of St. Phoebe on September 3, 2023. During each of the seven masses, a woman from the parish shared a reflection after the gospel, as well as the celebrants at each Mass introducing St. Phoebe Day and connecting our celebration to the global Synod. In our gathering space, we had images on displays with contemporary Catholic women from all cultures and St. Phoebe prayer cards available.

Our parish’s three Franciscan friars were all incredibly supportive of this celebration and of our ongoing discernment. Parishioners also had the opportunity to name influential women in their own lives that would be shared on a bulletin board for all to see. These were also included in the parish newsletter so that all could participate and contribute.

We were glad to uplift the witness and ministry of St. Phoebe. For many in our parish, this was their first chance to become aware of her ministry! We were honored to celebrate St. Phoebe, and we will continue learning and discerning together.

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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