Work of St. Phoebe Center is Mentioned in Commonweal Magazine article “Will the Church Get Women Deacons?”


In an article titled “Will the Church Get Women Deacons?” appearing in the July 8, 2016 issue of Commonweal Magazine, author Rita Ferrone suggests that “Clergy who obsess about the dangers of clericalism in women are projecting their own sins and selling short women’s capacity for virtue.”

The magazine is billed as an “independent journal of religion, politics and culture edited by lay Catholics”. The author of several books about liturgy, Ferrone points out: “There is also conversation in Orthodox circles about the “rejuvenation” of the ministry of women deacons. Here one might mention the scholarly work of Kyriaki Karidoyanes FitzGerald, Saint Catherine’s Vision (a pan-Orthodox theological fellowship), and the St. Phoebe Center for the History of the Deaconess.”

Read the entire article here.