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Witnesses
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
May 16, 2024

In 2024, I am celebrating 20 years of ministry – I have served in parishes, universities, retreat centers, Catholic direct-service non-profit organizations, and intentional communities. It has been a beautiful and joyful journey full of many unexpected twists and turns, and filled with God’s unfailing love, goodness, and faithfulness. These two decades in ministry have also been marked by difficult moments when my gifts, knowledge, experience and passion have not been fully received in the church. If women are seen as unordainable, women are thus not fully credible. The conversation about the restoration of the diaconate is so energizing to me as it would provide a way for women like me to more fully offer our gifts and have them received by the People of God.

I find great power in the witness of St. Mary Magdalene, the first preacher of the resurrection. You and I and all members of the Church throughout history are Christian believers because of the power of St. Mary Magdalene’s testimony. 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.

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
“I hope my two little girls can grow up in a church where they know their full dignity and gifts are honored, because they see the Church uplifting voices and perspectives like theirs.”
Aaron Sinner
Parishioner and Father, St. Thomas More Catholic Community, St. Paul, MN

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