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Witnesses
Joe Crotty
Layman, Volunteer with Brother Benno Foundation, Oceanside CA.
April 11, 2023

Discerning Deacons give hope to the Church. Ordained women are critical and necessary. Lay women and Nuns already do the work of deacons throughout the world. Official Church sanctioning (ordination) would only confirm what is already happening.

Fifty percent of the Church's voices go unheard from the pulpit. This frustrates the work of the Holy Spirit. The Church is under-served because of it.

In 2019, I wrote a letter to every Bishop in the United States referencing the need for the ordination of women. There was no response. Now, through Discerning Deacons, there is serious momentum.

A couple years ago I heard about Casey and Ellie of Discerning Deacons Apostolate and Community and have been a participant of their Zoom meetings ever since. 

Organization
“We raised so much awareness from our event, of both the ongoing Synod and of St. Phoebe and her ministry. Together, we learned of the power of the intercession of St. Phoebe, and how significant her feast day can be to carry the message of women’s roles in the Church.”
The Church of St. Francis Xavier
New York, NY
Organization
“The most meaningful parts of our celebration together included a standing ovation following the witness reflection, the power and strength of the reflection itself, and the procession at the start of mass. In the procession, young women carried in and presented symbols of St. Phoebe including an icon, the commission of St. Paul, a deacon’s stole and a pitcher of water to symbolize our shared baptism.”
St. Barnabas Parish
Chicago, IL
Witness
“Preaching on the Feast of St. Phoebe, and supporting and training other women to preach, was a joyful and invigorating experience. It is beautiful to see women claim the truth that they are called and gifted, and equally beautiful to see the People of God’s receptivity to women’s preaching, ministry, and leadership.”
Rhonda Miska
St. Phoebe Day Witness at St. Thomas More Catholic Community in St. Paul, MN; Founder and Co-convener of the Catholic Women's Preaching Circle; Catholic Women Preach Advisory Board Member

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