Women of the Church – Spirit-filled, lively, inspiring

DD staff were delighted to participate in the recent Women of the Church national conference in Collegeville, MN. We are grateful to conference organizers Meg Payne Nelson, Kelley Deshler, Donelle Poling, and Angela Dimler who worked behind the scenes for over a year to prepare a Spirit-filled, lively, and inspiring event.

Heidi Schlumpf, Executive Editor of NCR covered the historic gathering in her recent story Joy and hope amid struggle at Women of the Church event. She highlighted keynote speakers Dr. Kristin Colberg, Gloria Purvis and Casey Stanton. And we think she put it best when she wrote: “Discerning Deacons, a group that advocates to reopen the diaconate to women, had a strong presence.”

So we want to give a shout out to all the Discerning Deacons and friends from across the country who traveled to be bear witness to the synodal path we are walking together: Bridget Deegan Krause, Kelly Adamson, Christine Delp, Katie Dorner, Jane Egan, Anne Garrido, Jazmin Jimenez, Sarah Probst Miller, Carmen Ramos, Fr. Jim Radde, SJ, Fr Steve Newton, Fr. Michael Hickin, and of course the Minnesota DD circle – Lisa Amman, Anne Attea, Jane Leyden Cavanaugh, Mary Lamski, Cynthia Bailey Manns, Rhonda Miska, Catalina Morales, and Sr. Carolyn Puccio.

What a gift it was to break bread and be in real-life conversation walking together on the beautiful St. John’s University campus… a living witness for a synodal church!

While at the conference, NCR also published a piece I wrote about a recent journey Casey and I took to the Amazon region of Brazil to witness women engaged in prophetic diaconal ministry.

And we are thrilled to announce that 100+ parishes, schools and retreat centers have registered their Phoebe Day celebrations in September! If you’ve yet to register yours, click here.

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“[I hope the Church ordains women to the diaconate] to bring a wider witness and expression of God’s life, love, and presence to the people of God. Women’s voices and leadership will heal, encourage and empower the lives of men, women, and children. It will call forth a new understanding of church vocation and enrich Catholic family life.”
Deedee Van Dyke
Catholic Chaplain, Joliet, IL
“The first Apostle was a woman, Mary Magdalena. She continues to remain a tower of strength for women in ministry today. If more women were ordained to the diaconate in the Roman Catholic Church, I believe we would have more meaningful and spiritually enriching homilies, and our liturgies would embrace and welcome all to the Eucharistic table.”
Sonja Grace
“If I was ordained as a deacon, it would not be a means to an end, but rather it would be a continual invitation to a deeper and broader journey with Christ. Deacons are asked to become outwardly more visible as hands in service to the Church. To respond to such a vocation would be a treasure, a deepening of my inner faith life enriched by the outward experiences of ministry and service. Both the inner and outer journey become a longing to seek and know the Christ we are called to serve.”   
Nina Laubach
Student, MDiv program at Princeton Theological Seminary

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