This evening is the first in a series of “Faithful Dialogues” where we will explore various topics related to the church and society. In a time when spaces for in-person and communal dialogue can be few and far between, one hope for this series is to practice the disciplines of compassionate listening and learning, and to adopt postures that does not assume conclusions at the outset, but that remain open to new insight, to transformation, and to being changed as we listen to one another. We hope to wrestle together with what can be complicated questions about how our faith informs our ways of life, our ethics, and our engagement in the world.
Ever Ancient, Ever New:
Exploring the Possibility of Women Deacons in the Catholic Church
An Evening hosted by Casey Stanton, Mdiv and Fr. Luke Hansen, SJ
September 5th, 2019 | 6:30-8:30pm
Luke Hansen, a Jesuit priest from the U.S. Midwest Province, is completing his licentiate in sacred theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He has served as a contributing editor for the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica and an associate editor for the Jesuit journal America, reporting from the Vatican, Honduras, El Salvador and Guantánamo Bay. He has won several awards from the Catholic Press Association for his writing. He lived and worked for two years in an Oglala Lakota community in South Dakota, and he has also worked extensively with prisoners as a teacher, minister and advocate. His special interests are the leadership and ministry of women in Christian churches and also Catholic teaching on peace and nonviolence.
After hearing a brief lecture to offer historic and contemporary theological context from Fr. Hansen, and witness talks from women in ministry in our own parish, there will be time to engage in respectful dialogue to enter into discernment with the church. Why is this a topic Pope Francis (at the prompting of Women Religious) has sought to study and encourage study about? What can we learn from history? From the changes sought in Vatican II? What difference would it make to have women deacons for the church today? What fears or hopes might we bring to this discernment in the Church?
Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future
For those interested in learning more from Church history, to understand why it is a topic of discernment in the Catholic Church today, and to explore the implications or possibilities that the conversation opens up...
The tremendous growth of the permanent order of deacon in the church carries with it lingering questions about women deacons. The church's evident need for more women in ministry demands careful exploration and evaluation of the historical roots, contemporary ecclesial realities, and creative future possibilities for including women in the diaconate. In these three essays, originally written for this volume, Professors Macy, Ditewig, and Zagano evaluate the question of women deacons from the historical, contemporary, and future perspectives in conversation with one another and with the whole church. The result is essential reading for anyone interested in the nature and exercise of the diaconate in the contemporary Catholic Church.
Participants will gather over 4-sessions to read the book together, reflect and pray.
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