Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley At our Feast of St Phoebe Webinar, Deacon Anthony noted one of the unanswered questions and kindly offered this blog post in response. It also relates directly to the recent blog about Sr Helen. Thanks, Anthony! I was asked by a member of a women’s Religious Institute (RI) of pontificalContinue reading Possibilities for deacons in Religious Institutes (RI)

John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley This is part 3 of a series. First, Anthony looked at Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons, then Adding food and funds to Acts 6. Thanks, Anthony! This is the third in a series of contributions to this blog. I am sharing some basic information about how we developedContinue reading John Neil Collins and a Paradigm Shift

Feasting with St Phoebe

Last Saturday we had the privilege of virtually meeting together, praying and hearing some incredible speakers on the Feast of St Phoebe. You can watch the whole of the Webinar here: Our group was overwhelmed by the interest in this, our first event. We had well over 400 registrations and of the Zoom attendees, atContinue reading “Feasting with St Phoebe”

Adding food and funds to Acts 6

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley Before hearing from Anthony below, a reminder that you can see him speak as well as Dr Phyllis Zagano at our webinar for the Feast of St Phoebe, on this Saturday at 10am AEST. If you have registered, please make sure that you have received the Zoom link byContinue reading “Adding food and funds to Acts 6”

Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?

By Rev. Assoc. Prof. Anthony Gooley I have had the privilege of sometimes meeting with a small network of Catholics exploring ministry and the ministry of deacon in our Australian context. One of the suggestions from that network is that I might consider contributing a few short pieces to this blog to provide some foodContinue reading Acts 6:1-7 the story of Deacons?

In the Media

In the last couple of weeks, we have been sharing this conversation in other media outlets. Thank you to everyone who has listened and been willing to discuss and discern together! Rev. Sandy Boyce and Elizabeth Young RSM presented in a session by Women and the Australian Church about women and the diaconate. See: WATACContinue reading “In the Media”

Women Religious, Women Deacons: Questions and Answers

Here is a legitimate question. If women were to be restored to the ordained ministry as permanent deacons, then would, should or could one be both a deacon and a member of a female religious order? That might sound rather theoretical, and perhaps only applicable to a small number of women, but it is aContinue reading “Women Religious, Women Deacons: Questions and Answers”

Women: Icons of Christ

Recently I was exploring some coastal wilderness near my mother’s home. Pausing at some tasty-looking wild beans, my deceased father’s words from many years ago rang in my head. “Is this plant poisonous?” I had asked. Dad’s typically wise response was: “Investigate yourself. Try it and see.” So I did, just a little bit, andContinue reading “Women: Icons of Christ”

What is Diaconal Ministry?

This is a question that has much exercised my pondering neurons of late. There doesn’t seem to be a simple or universally-agreed answer. I’m bearing in mind that the current model of the ministry has only existed in the Roman Catholic Church since Vatican II in the 1960s, so it is still in the earlyContinue reading “What is Diaconal Ministry?”

About Women in the Diaconate

There is a long history of women in the diaconate, starting with St Phoebe, named in Romans 16:1-2. A verse in 1 Timothy 3:11 also refers to the qualifications of women deacons.1 At the time, all ministries in the church were in development, and there were no clear structures or offices, such as the bishop/priest/deaconContinue reading “About Women in the Diaconate”