God’s Word Many Voices continues and celebrates the 40 plus year history of lay preaching in the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y. This website offers our ever-expanding roster of gifted and highly educated lay preachers a forum to share diverse viewpoints that inform and inspire our readers. We offer these weekly homilies to nurture the faith of our readers and to bring health and vitality to our church.
Women Deacons in the First Millennium of the Church
Where and how did women deacons begin? Some might say, “Oh, it began with Phoebe. You know, she’s the one that Paul praised in his letter to the Romans more….
In case you missed it, September 3rd is St. Phoebe’s Feast Day. I’m guessing that you missed it. I’m also guessing that you may well be wondering this: Who, exactly, is Phoebe? And why is she considered so important that she’s given a Feast Day? More…
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Synod for Synodality has been Extended for another Year!
Pope Francis announced that the 16th Ordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in two sessions: the first from 4 to 29 October 2023; the second in October 2024. This extension of the synodal journey is meant to be an opportunity – as Pope Francis said – “to foster an understanding of synodality as a constitutive dimension of the Church, and to help everyone to live it in a journey of brothers and sisters who bear witness to the joy of the Gospel”.
Let us therefore take advantage of this to continue our synodal conversion and put into practice what we can do, as of now, to make ecclesial communities more and more synodal.
Sr. Barbara Moore, RSM Blog
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(Holy) Order in the Church!
Fr. Ed Palumbos reflects on the Sacrament of Holy Orders…I was ordained in 1972 when the teaching of the Second Vatican council was still unfolding and being implemented in the parishes that I’ve served over the past 50 years. More…