Share
Witnesses
St. Barnabas Parish
Chicago, IL
May 16, 2024

Our St. Phoebe celebration at St. Barnabas Parish in Chicago, IL took place at our 10am Mass on October 1, 2023. The mass incorporated special music, prayers, a reflection delivered by a woman witness, women and girls serving in nearly all roles throughout the Mass, and distribution of Discerning Deacons information following Mass.

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.

Although some members of our parish had discussed Discerning Deacons and were aware of St. Phoebe, this was the first time that we intentionally connected the ongoing Synod with the invitation to rethink women’s participation in the Church. Over 700 were in attendance at our celebration. Parishioners were open to this, excited and willing to respond!

Our community is thirsty for change! The invitation of St. Phoebe Day to rethink women’s participation and to be open to the promptings of the Spirit is not lost on our community. We are proud to be a part of this discernment and conversation.

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
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
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

Receive Our Newsletter

This is the hub where we share relevant news, events and opportunities to participate in the work. 
*We will send the newsletter only once each week, and we will never share or sell your information.

Receive Our Newsletter

This is the hub where we share relevant news, events and opportunities to participate in the work. 
*We will send the newsletter only once each week, and we will never share or sell your information.