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Witnesses
Joan D. Martin
February 14, 2022

"It is unsettling to see that men control the institution of the Catholic Church. Being a Christian is more than being a member of an institution. I feel that the Catholic Church as it is structured is not what Jesus envisioned for his followers—so many of them were women of his day. What happened?"

"To have a woman as a deacon in my church would truly indicate that women are valued and that the Church is a true body of Christ. With all that women have suffered throughout the world, the Church as an institution should model how women should be treated and valued. Seeing a woman deacon in my parish would testify to the belief that the laity —women and men— are the Church."

Endorser
“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
Endorser
“It is time for the Church to heed the Spirit’s voice, recognizing women’s call to the diaconate and allow the Spirit to restore and renew the Body of Christ so that it may fully live into its identity of missionary discipleship.”
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
Endorser
“It is time to open up the permanent diaconate to all who are qualified regardless of gender. The Church needs this witness.”
Keith Davis
Director of Deacon Formation (Archdiocese of Santa Fe) and National Association of Lay Ministry Board Member

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