Who We Are

We are people who embrace the ministry of permanent deacons as part of the renewal of the church — trusting that in every age the Holy Spirit gives the church what it needs to proclaim and embody the Gospel in the world. 

We are people who witness the vocation of diaconal ministry alive in women who are our friends in Christ and colleagues in ministry.

We are women who hope to discern this vocation and be recognized by the church we love — as we are already serving in the diaconal ministries of liturgy, Word and charity.

We are people who are collectively invested in the Catholic Church’s discernment of the female diaconate because it has to do with our lives and ministries.

The Planning Team

The planning team for this virtual prayer service includes many participants from the inaugural Discern, Dream & Scheme workshop, an intensive, five-week digital experience in which faith leaders have an opportunity to get more deeply in touch with their call story, why they do the work they do, their dreams for ministry and the church, and their goals. The inaugural cohort included 44 participants engaged in a variety of works and ministries in 19 U.S. states and New Zealand. We welcome you to join our next cohort in discerning, dreaming and scheming together about how to grow in our love and service of the living God who calls each one of us into a ministry of healing and of radical love. 

The co-facilitators of the workshop, who have also served in a catalyzing role for this virtual liturgy, are Casey Stanton, the Minister of Social Action and Discipleship at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina; and Luke Hansen, a Jesuit priest and the Catholic Chaplain at the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University in Cincinnati. Visit this page to read more about Casey and Luke.

We are grateful for the courage and commitment of everyone involved in making this prayer service a reality.

We are glad you found your way here. We invite you to join us and so many others who are seeking to pray, discern and grow in our courage and commitment to serve Jesus in every part of our lives, especially among those most in need.

Drop us a line. We aren’t famous. We promise to write back.

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