We Love You Deacon Phoebe: Take Action

“I commend to you our sister Phoebe,a deaconess of the church in Cenchrea.  I ask you to receive her…and to give her any help she may need of you….” Romans 16:1-2  Here, the Apostle Paul instructs the Roman church to assist Deacon Phoebe-Can we do less?

Here is a way to take action in support of women deacons within the traditional Roman Catholic Church presented by the Women’s Ordination Conference:Please use the clicks below.

Show Your Love for Women’s Equality this Valentine’s Day
Dear Friends of Women’s Ordination,


Scholars from around the world are discussing the role and history of women deacons in the Catholic Church as part of Pope Francis’ new commission.

During this historic period of dialogue and study, the Women’s Ordination Conference needs you to join the conversation and share your passion for women’s full equality in the Church. Thousands of letters and postcards to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) can make a difference.

Take Action: Valentines For Equality!

    • Send a personalized letter to Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria, the president of the Commission on the Diaconate for Women, on

WOC stationary.

  • Share how much you love women’s equality in the Church, your story of vocation, and your hopes for the commission. For inspiration, check WOC’s talking points here. Make sure to include international postage.

Archbishop Luis Francisco Ladaria

Piazza del S. Uffizio, 11

00193 Roma, Italia

  • Donate $5 or more to have WOC hand-deliver a Valentine to the Vatican’s CDF in Rome with your name and personalized message.
  • Spread the word! Leading up to Valentine’s Day, write your own love notes for women’s equality and use the social media hashtag: #OrdainWomen.

While the commission is not a solution to women’s inequality in the Church, we pray that the commission, similar to the Pontifical Biblical Commission of 1976 that concluded there is no scriptural barrier to women’s priestly ordination, will inform a new reality for women in our Church: one that models equality and inclusion.

With love for women’s equality,

Kate McElwee & Erin Saiz Hanna

Co-Executive Directors

Women’s Ordination ConferencePO Box 15057 Washington DC 20003



Marianne T. Smyth at her diaconate Ordination with Rev. Dr. Judy Lee. While over  230 validly ordained individuals in the RCWP movement serve throughout the world,  we continue to await and take action toward the day when the traditional church takes a giant step toward  affirming God’s call to all regardless of gender.   IN the RomanCatholicWomenPriest Movement transitional deacons are ordained and in time they are ordained also as priests. Marianne Smyth is now a priest in Maryland.

It is a good thing to support the effort WOC makes available above. (JL)

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