Two items today. Firstly, our Australian Catholics Exploring the Diaconate group is planning a special event for the Feast of St Phoebe 2023. It will take the form of a retreat for those interested in the permanent diaconate, and will be a chance to get together in person. We are planning to have times of sharing, learning about the history of the diaconate and St Phoebe, and experiencing a spirituality of service/mission. At the moment, we are looking at holding this retreat:
- Sydney NSW
- Friday evening 1st September – Sunday midday 3rd September 2023
The event will culminate on the Feast of St Phoebe (3rd Sep) with a public event, and we will connect in with any international or interstate happenings.
Although it is a long way off, we would like to hear if you would be interested in attending such an event. To express your interest, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Secondly, Dr Phyllis Zagano, who has written much about women and the diaconate, has produced a delightful little story about a 12-year-old girl who learns about women’s roles in the Church: Elizabeth Visits the Abbey. It is a wonderful way to share some of this history and current information with the young, or just enter imaginatively into the world of a contemporary Cistercian abbey in Ireland. The book has a lot of detail without coming across as a lecture, and I would like to thank Phyllis for reaching out to younger generations who will be the church ministers of the future.