Year of St. Phoebe Kick-Off Calls

Join Discerning Deacons for a Year of St. Phoebe Kick-off Call and learn how YOU and YOUR community can make a difference during this critical year in our Church’s history!

As we enter the final year of the global synod, we have an unprecedented opportunity to support the Church’s discernment about women and the diaconate. This year, we’ll be gathering in prayer, deepening our listening, strengthening our public witness, and bringing our local communities along as we grow a faithful witness to the Spirit-filled, diaconal ministry of St. Phoebe and to that of women around the world today. We need you—your voice, your call, your story, your hopes, your laments—on this journey. Will you say yes to this call and join the journey to St. Phoebe Day 2023?

Register today for a Year of St. Phoebe Kick-off Call to explore your contribution to this movement and this moment.


Please email our Associate Director of Distributed Organizing: Anna Robertson

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“It is time for our Church to acknowledge the role of countless women serving the people of God in positions of ministry and leadership.”
“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.”
M. Therese Lysaught, Ph.D., Theologian
Theologian, Doctor of Philosophy - Loyola University Chicago and the Pontifical Academy for Life (Chicago, IL/Madison, WI)
“I feel that the Catholic Church as it is structured is not what Jesus envisioned for his followers—so many of them were women of his day. What happened?”
Joan D. Martin
Ignatian Volunteer Corps Member, parishioner at New Roads Catholic Community in Belmont, MA

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