The Most Reverend [Bishop’s
[Bishop’s Office Street
[Bishop’s Office City, State,
Dear Arch/Bishop [Last Name],[Date]
Dear Bishop [Last Name],
I am writing today to express my hope that local Churches
would be able to call forth both men and women to serve as ordained deacons in
the ministries of liturgy, word and charity.
has entrusted the Church with the mission to embody and proclaim the Good News
of the love and mercy of God to all nations. In our part of the world, we
have both great missionary opportunities and formidable pastoral challenges. We
need the gifts of every Catholic to serve this mission.
[Write about your Catholic
identity and practice]
I have the conviction that we need to hear the voices of
women from the pulpit. We need to recognize the gifts of women for sacramental
ministry, like presiding at baptisms and marriages. If women could be ordained
as deacons, it would create an opportunity (outside of religious life) for
women to make a life commitment to the Church, and it would expand your
resources for the mission of the local Church by allowing you to train, ordain
and give faculties to women.
On May 9, 2019, in his audience with the leaders of religious congregations of women, Pope Francis reported on the progress of a commission he formed in 2016 to study the history and nature of women deacons in the Church. He has suggested we need further study which is being carried out. This is an important time for the Church toengage in apastoral discernment involving prayer, dialogue, listening and a full assessment of missionary opportunities, pastoral needs and the gifts, charisms and actual ministry of women in the Church today.
I encourage you to learn more about the ministry of women
deacons, to publicly support the work of this commission, and to publicly
identify how your local Church would benefit from this ministry. With this
letter, I have attached two pages of what I consider essential information
about the ordination of women as deacons.
people are hungry. Let us give them something to eat.
grateful for your prayerful consideration of the possibility of women deacons. If
I can be of any assistance to you, please let me know. Meanwhile I will
continue to pray for you and your ministry as the chief shepherd of your local
[Your contact information]
Thank you for your work and support for women deacons!
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