CATHOLIC women deacons

helping women answer the call...

Darlene Davis

Texas

"I felt called to serve our Lord late in life, about 50. In 2001. Too old for most religious orders & being a nun was not my calling. I left my high tech job that paid well to get a theology degree. If I'd been a man studying for the diaconate (or married to one) my graduate education would have been paid for by the Archdiocese. I took out a $33k student loan to pay for it which will probably outlive me. I'm now in my mid-60's & have been working as a hospital chaplain more than 10 years now. I also preach weekly non-denominational worship services as part of my job. I left the Catholic Church last year (& joined the Episcopal Church) due to constant harassment by a priest chaplain who believed I had no business doing the job I was hired for. My new church has two wonderful female priests & I now feel welcomed & supported in my vocation."
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