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Witnesses
St. John Fisher Parish
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
June 17, 2024
Watch the recording of the St. Phoebe Day celebration at St. John Fisher Parish during the first weekend of September 2023. Statements from women witnesses begin at 25:30. 

At St. John Fisher Parish in Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, we celebrated the accomplishments of St. Phoebe through song, special liturgy, and witness at each of our Masses during the first weekend of September 2023.  Our celebration also included two powerful witness statements from female leaders in our parish, and special intercessions that uplifted the ministry of women in our Church.  It was amazing to hear about the works of St. Phoebe and her collaboration with St. Paul, and to recognize how both women and men have contributed to the founding of our faith. 

Learning about the history of women in the diaconate gave context to efforts to enable women’s participation in the diaconate today, and it was powerful to celebrate St. Phoebe and uplift the ministry of women in our own community. The celebration was a great opportunity to acknowledge how women already support our church in so many ways, and how with discernment those opportunities may grow in the future! 

Organization
“Our St. Phoebe Day celebration was a Catholic mass at its best—coming together, unified at the Eucharistic table, getting nourished through meaningful ritual, prayerful and relevant songs, a challenging message on synodality from scripture, and engaging and honest testimonies from two women in our community. St. Joan of Arc parish today did what Jesus did years ago—fed souls and gave people hope.”
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Community
Minneapolis, MN
Organization
“Together, we are grateful that the ministry and example of St. Phoebe enlivens our community to participate in exploring the unique gifts of women in our faith community. Here at Cranaleith, we feel strongly about creating space for all those seeking wholeness and transformation for themselves, their communities and society. This retreat was an opportunity for us to do just that.”
Cranaleith Spiritual Center
Philadelphia, PA
Organization
“The icon of St. Phoebe is still present in our Chapel today, where we are able to remember her witness and ask her to intercede on our behalf.”
Rosemont College
Rosemont, PA

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