Women in Church Leadership
Women Deacons
Women Deacons: Why Not Now?

FutureChurch’s Women Deacons: Why Not Now resource is designed to help Catholics learn the rich history of female deacons, discover why the Church should restore the women deacons, and implement a discernment process to surface women candidates to present to the bishop of their diocese. 

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This new packet includes: 

  • A quick look, to give you the basics about women deacons and provides good answers to the questions and objections most often raised by church officials
  • 5 essays and prayer services about women who served the Church as deacons,
  • A Brief History of Women Deacons
  • A sample education program you can host in your community 
  • The full text of Archbishop Durocher's intervention at the 2015 Synod on The Family which called for a discussion of women deacons
  • An interview with Archbishop Durocher
  • two articles by women deacons expert Phyllis Zagano, Ph.D.  about why restoring the women deacons is both needed and possible today,  
  • discernment process to find and present women candidates for the permanent diaconate to your bishop.
  • An updated "Nine Reasons to Restore Women Deacons"
  • A sample letter to your bishop with enclosures
  • The latest research on Lay Ecclesial Ministers, the majority of whom are women, well prepared to be ordained deacons