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Witnesses
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
September 20, 2022

"The Second Vatican Council 'threw open the windows of the Church and let the fresh air of the Spirit blow through.' That same Spirit has long called, gifted, and empowered women to minister among and lead God’s people. 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.

For women to serve as deacons in my parish and apostolate would justly recognize the leadership so many women already provide. It would reduce the ministerial burden on our priests. It would capitalize on the theological education and expertise of an increasing number of Catholic women. And it would powerfully evangelize our youth by affirming the Spirit’s call to women and by bringing fresh voices and perspectives to liturgical preaching."

Dr. Lysaught is a Theologian, a Corresponding Member at The Pontifical Academy for Life, and a professor at Loyola University Chicago.

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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