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Catholic Women Preach

By Catholic Women Preach
Catholic Women Preach offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women on the Sunday readings readings and on some feast days. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org to view preaching videos, to read preaching texts, and to learn more about the preachers.

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June 20, 2021: To risk dying to live with Danielle Vella
Preaching for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Danielle Vella offers a reflection on our call to enter into the raging storms that refugees and displaced peoples are navigating:    "Ultimately, however, they hope not only in the mercy and compassion of God Almighty but also in the mercy and compassion of their fellow human beings. It is this hope that propels them to go on those boats, to risk dying to live."   Danielle Vella is Director of Reconciliation Programs for the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS), an international humanitarian organization that serves refugees in more than 50 countries worldwide. A journalist, Danielle has also has written extensively about the experiences of refugees struggling to find a new life and future. One of Danielle’s most recent projects was writing Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Road to Freedom, which was published by Rowman & Littlefield in February 2020. To interview refugees to share their stories, Danielle travelled extensively in Europe, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, the Middle East and the United States. Her work has taken her to remote refugee camps, to land borders, to the seashore where migrant boats arrive, to immigration detention centres, and even to war zones.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06202021 to learn more about Danielle, to reach her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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June 18, 2021
June 13, 2020: God Insists with Gina Scaringella, OP
Preaching  for the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gina Scaringella, OP, offers a reflection on the expansiveness of God's reign and our role in building it:   "So, people of God, keep building! All of our efforts mean something. Ultimately, God is the one who will grow life, ever so patiently, from tiny seeds and little branches. So, plant the seed. Welcome the green leaves. Pray 'Thy kingdom come,' and know that your prayer will be answered. Life insists because God insists."   Gina Scaringella, OP, is a Sister of Saint Dominic of Caldwell, New Jersey, who professed first vows in August 2019. She currently provides editorial and research support for the study of the restoration of women to the diaconate. As a Dominican, she embraces the sacred call to preach God’s love with hope that others will receive and embody this love. She preaches through both spoken and written word in parish and retreat settings as well as for her Caldwell congregation. She has served in campus ministry, retreat ministry, RCIA, hospice, ESL study, and communications.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06132021 to learn more about Gina, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:57
June 11, 2021
June 6, 2021: Praying 'this is my body, this is my blood' with Celeste Mueller, D.Min
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Celeste D. Mueller, D.Min offers a reflection on confronting the violence of our world by uniting ourselves more deeply to one another:   "Let us pray every headline and every statistic with these words: This is my body, this is my blood. As we see the faces in communities locked in opposition to one another. . . As the news brings to our eyes the faces of the victims, and the faces of the perpetrators, Let us pray: This is my body, this is my blood. We are one." Celeste Mueller serves as Vice President, Ministry Formation for Ascension, a Catholic health system headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri.  She also serves as designer and faculty for the Ascension Leadership Academy and leads Ascension’s Formation Facilitator Certification Program. Celeste’s current research and writing interests include advancing the professional competence in formation as a multidisciplinary art and science,  and formation for virtuous leadership. She holds a Doctor of Ministry in Practical Theology from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis, an MA from Aquinas Institute of Theology, and a BA in philosophy and theology from the University of Notre Dame.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06062021 to learn more about Celeste, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:18
June 4, 2021
May 30, 2021: A fierce, fiery, energizing, transforming love with JoAnn Melina Lopez
Preaching for Trinity Sunday, JoAnn Melina Lopez offers a reflection on our call to share God's love with the world:    "This isn’t a trite, saccharine kind of love. It’s not the kind of love that helps us fall asleep at night, warm and cozy in our beds. It’s a fierce, fiery, energizing, transforming love, that calls us to awaken every morning and go about our days as enfleshers of freedom, and disruptors of every system that obscures God’s love."   JoAnn Melina Lopez currently serves as Campus Minister for Liturgy at Seattle University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Saint Joseph’s University, before going on to serve as a Jesuit Volunteer in Houston, working with asylum seekers and refugees. She received her Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, and joined Seattle U’s Campus Ministry team six years ago. JoAnn grew up in India and Singapore, where she learned the importance of hospitality, inclusion, sharing meals, and how to live in an multifaith and multicultural world. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05302021 to learn more about JoAnn, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:58
May 28, 2021
May 23, 2021: The Breath of Love with Dr. Suzanne Nawrocki
Preaching for Pentecost Sunday, Dr. Suzanne Nawrocki offers a reflection on the free gift of the Spirit for all:   "Maybe John wants to clarify that the Holy Spirit, the love between the Father and the Son is for everyone. That it is for you and for me. But, then it would follow that the command, I send you is also for everyone. I send you to be missionary disciples, yes, but I am also going to equip you. I give you the bond of love that I have for my Father and my Father has for me. A love that Jesus wants us to share with the world."   Dr. Suzanne Nawrocki holds a Doctorate in Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis where she has previously been an adjunct professor. She is an executive member of the Catholic Association of Homiletics, known as C.A.T.H.; the wider ecumenical group, the Academy of Homiletics; and the international guild Societas homileticus. Dr. Nawrocki assisted in the Practices Peer Forum to update accreditation standards for the Association of Theological Schools, helped the USCCB train clergy on preaching Laudato Si, consulted and lectured for the University of Notre Dame Martin Preaching initiative, and assists the Diocese of Austin Deacon formation in preaching.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05232021 to learn more about Dr. Nawrocki, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:03
May 21, 2021
May 16, 2021: What will we do with that power? with Megan Effron
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Ascension, Megan Effron offers a reflection on living out our baptism with the help of the Holy Spirit:    "The next time you dip your hand into a font of holy water, remember that Jesus has appointed you –not just your bishop or your pastor—but YOU to proclaim the Gospel to every creature. And think about that four-letter word: WILL. The Holy Spirit will be with you, but what WILL you do with that power?"   Megan Effron is the Director of Faith Exploration at La Lumiere School, an independent, Catholic boarding and day prep school in La Porte, Indiana. She teaches a variety of theology courses—Biblical Literacy, Stories of Grace, and Exploring Faith with C.S. Lewis—and also coordinates school retreats and liturgies. She and her husband Kevin live on campus and serve as Dorm Parents for the residential students of Becket Dorm. Prior to working at La Lumiere, Megan served in a variety of ministry roles while earning her Master of Divinity at the University of Notre Dame.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05162021 to learn more about Megan, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:51
May 14, 2021
May 9, 2021: Guardians and protectors of God's handiwork with Jane Mellett
Preaching for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, Jane Mellett offers a reflection on making this Easter Season one of ecological transformation:   "To be followers of Jesus, to love our neighbour, involves embracing the joy of Christ in all of creation and walking more gently on this earth, to be guardians and protectors of God’s handiwork."   Jane Mellett lives in Dublin, Ireland and is the Laudato Si’ Officer with Tròcaire (the overseas development agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland). Prior to this, Jane was a parish pastoral worker with the Archdiocese of Dublin serving in parish ministry for many years. A graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Jane holds a Masters Degree in Theology (specializing in New Testament Scripture) as well as a Masters in International Development from Kimmage Development Studies Centre, Dublin.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05092021 to learn more about Jane, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:36
May 7, 2021
May 2, 2021: Trust with Monique Jacobs
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Monique Jacobs offers a reflection on the image of the Divine vine grower and invites us to build a partnership of trust:   "Often, left to my own wisdom, I might point to what feels fruitful to me, showy, productive…when in fact, that is what will be pruned away… If I cling too tightly to what I know, to what I prefer, will I miss out on what else God wants to reveal to me? What else will come to life? This partnership, for it is indeed a partnership, can only work if there is trust."   Monique Jacobs is Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Reno, Nevada - a ministry she has served for almost 20 years. She also accompanies seekers as a spiritual director and contributes monthly to the Faith Forum column in the Reno Gazette Journal, engaging with leaders of multiple faith traditions on given topic. She received her M.A. in Religious Education at Fordham University in New York.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05022021 to learn more about Monique, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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April 30, 2021
April 25, 2021: Christ makes all the difference in the world with Bonnie MacLellan, CSJ
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Bonnie MacLellan, CSJ offers a reflection on the image of the Good Shepherd:   "Our life circumstances may persist, but our responses to these circumstances change when we know that we do not face life's challenges alone. Jesus, our Good Shepherd, will never abandon us, and that makes all the difference in the world!"   Bonnie Anne MacLellan is a Sister of Saint Joseph of of Sault Ste. Marie. Having served in numerous ministries and professions including nursing, health care administration and canon law, she is currently General Superior for her congregation and Executive Director of the Centre for Canonical Services at Saint Paul University in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She holds a Doctorate of Canon Law from the Saint Paul University; a Ph.D. in human and organizational systems from the Fielding Institute in Santa Barbara, California; and several graduate degrees and certifications including a master's of public health from The University of Minnesota.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04252021 to learn more about Sr. Bonnie McLellan, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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April 23, 2021
April 18, 2021: Dancing with the Risen Christ with Christy M. Hicks Aydt
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Easter, Christy M. Hicks Aydt offers a reflection on joyously welcoming Christ into our midst, even as we journey through sorrowful and fearful times:   "Our sorrow and fear is not so different from the first disciples of Jesus. But notice what happens in the midst of their distress and confusion. Jesus appears. He eats with them, maybe he even dances with them. And they are filled with amazement, sheer joy, wonder, fullness."    Christy M. Hicks Aydt is a Campus Minister at Saint Louis University and a spiritual director; also trained in the 19th Annotation, the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises. Most of her career has been ministering to young people on college campuses. Prior to working at Saint Louis University, Christy worked as an Acquisition Editor at Liguori Publications for two years. In 2010-2011, she spent a year in India and Nepal. Though her studies have been through the lens of Catholic-Christian faith and thought, she reverences the faith and beauty other faith traditions share. Eastern spirituality and culture has gifted her with a more expansive image of God. Christy lives in St. Louis, Missouri with her husband and family.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04182021 to learn more about Christy, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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April 16, 2021
April 11, 2021: Another Look at Doubting Thomas with Nicole Perone
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Easter, Nicole Perone offers another look at "doubting Thomas":   "We realize that identifying as a disciple of Jesus Christ is not simply a matter of whether you believe or you don’t. Rather, it is about what we do with our belief...Can we become the living proclamation of Doubting – no, Believing Thomas, who gasps in breathless awe, 'My Lord and my God!'"   Nicole M. Perone is the National Coordinator of ESTEEM, the faith-based leadership formation program for Catholic students at colleges and universities across the United States. ESTEEM is a partnership between Leadership Roundtable and Saint Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University. Nicole previously served as the Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford. She holds a Master of Divinity from Yale University. In 2018, Nicole was a delegate to the Pre-Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and served on the writing committee for the final document. Her work has been published by Catholic News Service, America Media, The Jesuit Post, and US Catholic.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04112021 to learn more about Nicole or to read her preaching text and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:04
April 9, 2021
April 4, 2021: "The Easter story is our story" with Sr. Anita Baird, DHM
Sr. Anita Baird, DHM Preaches for Easter Sunday, inviting us to rejoice and be glad in the Good News:   "The Easter story is our story!  It is a story of light overcoming darkness.  It is a story of truth overcoming lies.  It is story of love overcoming hate.  It is a story of hope overcoming despair.  It is a story of victory!...Go forth and tell somebody, tell everybody, that Jesus Christ is raised from the dead.  He has conquered death and the victory is ours in Jesus’ name."   Sister Anita Baird, a native of Chicago, IL, is a member of the Religious Congregation of the Society of the Daughters of the Heart of Mary. In 1997 Sister Anita became the first African American to serve as Chief of Staff to the Archbishop of Chicago and in 2000, she was appointed founding director of the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice, which directed the Archdiocese’s initiatives to eradicate racism in its structures and institutions.  Sr. Anita is a past president of the National Black Sisters’ Conference and recipient of the organization’s Harriet Tubman “Moses of Her People” Award.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04042021 to learn more about Sr. Anita, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:27
April 3, 2021
April 2, 2021: Making Sense of our Suffering with María Teresa (MT) Dávila
Preaching for Good Friday, María Teresa (MT) Dávila reflects on Christ, crucified and risen, reconciling our own individual and communal suffering:   "Surely the news of over 500,000 dead, the utterance of the words 'I Can’t Breath' by our African American brothers and sisters, the death of a Capitol guard during the insurrection in January, the death and suffering of our loved ones, our mothers, our aunts, our brothers, our friends, our lovers – these moments that center our histories, these too bring us to our knees. On Good Friday our being brought to our knees for what seems like every day of our existence finally begins to make sense, as the one who reconciles all in all also dies our death and breaths his last. May the entire story of creation, and all of our unique stories be reconciled in Jesus the Christ, crucified and risen."   María Teresa (MT) Dávila, visiting associate professor of practice at Merrimack College, is a scholar focusing on racial and migrant justice, public theology, and the ethics of the use of force. With Agnes Brazal, she is co-editor of Living With(out) Border: Theological Ethics and Peoples on the Move (Orbis Press, 2016). She is a regular contributor to “Theology en la Plaza”, National Catholic Reporter, the first Latin@ column in a national Catholic newspaper.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04022021 to learn more about María Teresa (MT) Dávila, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:15
April 2, 2021
April 1, 2021: What it means to "love each other as I have loved you" with Marilyn Santos
Preaching for Holy Thursday, Marilyn Santos offers a reflection on missionary discipleship:  "If God loves us in this way, serving us, to the point of giving his life, in the same way we must love others. And by this example, God tells us what it means to “love each other as I loved you.”  We must serve, not stand above or apart. Not pontificate but be there in the trenches with others. "   Marilyn Santos is the Associate Director of the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  She previously served as the Director of Mission Education in the National Office of the Pontifical Mission Societies in the United States.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04012021 to learn more about Marilyn, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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April 1, 2021
March 28, 2021: Dr. Nichole Flores Preaches for Palm Sunday
Preaching for Palm Sunday, Dr. Nichole Flores offers a reflection which names the words and feelings of woe and abandonment, but calls us to focus on words and actions of healiing and mercy:   "As we approach this Holy Week, May we find comfort in the words of mercy poured out Even in the midst of trial. May we pour our mercy to those around us, Especially as we all continue to walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death of this pandemic. And may we pour out mercy to those most in need, Doing all that we can to defend the lives and dignity of the children of God Crying out for God’s mercy."   Dr. Nichol M. Flores is assistant professor of religious studies at the University of Virginia. She speaks, writes and teaches about the significance of Catholic ethics in plural social, political, and ecclesial contexts. Her first book, The Aesthetics of Solidarity: Our Lady of Guadalupe and American Democracy will be available from Georgetown University Press in July 2021. In 2015, Dr. Flores was honored with the Catherine Mowry LaCugna Award for best academic essay in Catholic theology from the Catholic Theological Society of America. Dr. Flores earned an A.B. in government from Smith College, an M.Div. from Yale Divinity School, and a Ph.D. in theological ethics from Boston College.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03282021 to learn more about Dr. Flores, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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March 26, 2021
March 25, 2020: Mary the Mystic with Pat McDonough
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Annunciation, Pat McDonough offers a reflection on learning from the mysticism of Mary: "On the Feast of the Annunciation, we are reminded that Mary becomes conscious of God within her...Mary, like any mystic, trusts her own experience of the Divine within, and surrenders to it.  Do we?" Pat McDonough has enjoyed a thirty-five year career as a Catholic educator and school psychologist in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Her experience in pastoral ministry spans years as a Director of Religious Education, Director of Youth Ministry, Coordinator of Programs in the Diocesan Office of Family Ministry, and professor of psychology and theology in Catholic high schools and colleges on Long Island. She holds a P.D. in Psychology, M.S. in Education, M.A. in Theology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over the course of an unforgettable thirty days as a graduate student. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03252021 to learn more about Pat, to read her preaching text or watch her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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March 24, 2021
March 21, 2021: Fifth Sunday of Lent with Grac Salceanu
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Grace Salceanu reflects on living God's invitation to relationship - with God, and with one another:  "God calls us to be so full of life, we give our whole selves away in love...This Lent, we are asked to take the long view with Jesus. Who would we become if we were at home in God’s generous and reckless love? How would we use our time? Our lives?"   Grace Salceanu is the Director of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center in San Francisco. She holds degrees in Theology and Anthropology from Fordham University and her Master's degree in Interdisciplinary Education from Santa Clara University.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03212021 to learn more about Grace, to view her vido or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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March 19, 2021
March 14, 2021: Fourth Sunday of Lent with Alyssa Perez
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent,  Alyssa Perez offers a reflection on living out the ubiquitous John 3:16:   "These days can bring up the 'dark' parts of us and we can get trapped in the cycle of shame and judgment of ourselves, feeling like we will never be worthy of God’s love.  That is the power of today’s gospel, the truth in today’s gospel.  It shakes us out of this cycle and reminds us that it’s not true!  God does love us, not because we deserve it, as the second reading reminds us, but because it is gifted to us freely.  God comes into our lives and journeys with us during this dark season of Lent, and sees our goodness and potential.  That is the good news!"     Alyssa Perez works as a Resident Minister and the Assistant Director of Alternative Breaks and Advocacy at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles, CA.  She received her Master of Nonprofit Administration degree at the University of San Francisco, and her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Political Science at LMU. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03142021 to learn more about Alyssa, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching for Catholic women. 
08:22
March 12, 2021
March 7, 2021: The Third Sunday of Lent with Olga Segura
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Lent, Olga Segura offers a reflection on the making meaning of Christ's crucifixion in today's context of racist violence and suffering:      "We believe in the power of the crucifixion, and this belief must help us to understand more deeply the systemic violence enacted upon Black, indigenous, people of color, and all marginalized groups. As Catholics, this means we are called to fight for a better, more liberated world. We are called to go to the margins and center the experiences of society’s most vulnerable communities."    Olga Marina Segura is the opinion and culture editor at the National Catholic Reporter and the author of Birth of A Movement: Black Lives Matter and the Catholic Church. Her writing has appeared in The Guardian, ZORA Magazine, Shondaland, The Revealer, Refinery29, and Sojourners.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03072021 to learn more about Olga, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:03
March 5, 2021
February 28: Second Sunday of Lent with Vickey McBride
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Vickey McBride reflects on everything that changed last Lent and offers a reflection on allowing God to reveal Herself to us:   "You don’t need to be good. You just need to try your best to be receptive, to recognize that God might be trying to reach out to you right where you are. Settle in. Say to God, 'Here I am.' Sit and BE with God and God will let you glimpse Her power."   Vickey McBride is the Director of Campus Ministry at Saint Martin de Porres High School (Cristo Rey) in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to working at Saint Martin, she lived and worked in Brownsville, Texas as a teacher in the Alliance for Catholic Education, earning her Master of Education degree from the University of Notre Dame.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02282021 to learn more about Vickey, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:27
February 26, 2021
February 21, 2021: The Lenten Year with Tia Noelle Pratt, Ph.D.
Preaching for the First Sunday of Lent, Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD offers a reflection on the Lenten Year we have all experienced:   "It feels like we’ve had more suffering than one year can hold.  It has truly been a Lenten year. Yet, Lent brings with it the promise of Easter rebirth and renewal.  We truly have gotten this far by faith.  It is a faith that has been sustained by prayer and the promise of God’s covenant with Noah and the promise that God’s ways are love and truth. As we reflect on this first Sunday of Lent and in the days and weeks to come, we must not forget the sacrifice and suffering we have borne and witnessed in the last year.  Doing so would dishonor all of that pain and all of that loss.  Instead, we must prayerfully embrace it because that will allow us to see the rebirth and renewal that comes with the light of Easter."    Tia Noelle Pratt, PhD is a sociologist of religion specializing in systemic racism in the Catholic Church.  She received her PhD in Sociology from Fordham University in 2010.  For more than twenty years, Dr. Pratt has researched and written about how systemic racism impacts African-American Catholic identity.  She is the President and Director of Research at TNPratt & Associates, LLC an Inclusion and Diversity consulting firm in Philadelphia, PA and the curator of the #BlackCatholicsSyllabus.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02212021 to learn more about Dr. Pratt, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:55
February 19, 2021
February 17, 2021: Ash Wednesday with eresa Marie Cariño
Preaching for Ash Wednesday, Teresa Marie Cariño offers a reflection on refusing to return to the status quo through our Lenten practices:   "So as we enter into this season of Lent, let us turn our whole hearts to God and place in God our trust. Let us give alms not just by giving money to the poor but by working for economic security of all. Let us pray not just by reciting rote prayers but by opening our hearts to listen to the Spirit. Let us fast, not just from food and drink but from the privileges we have been given to stand in solidarity with the oppressed. Let us work together to repair relationships and co-create systems of economic and social justice. Let us be brave enough to be the light as we free a new dawn."   Teresa Marie Cariño serves as the Director of Faith Formation at St. Ignatius Parish in San Francisco, CA and is studying for her Masters of Theological Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, CA. A native of the San Francisco – Bay Area, Teresa received her Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Religious Studies at the University of San Francisco. Teresa is an extended member of the Benincasa community. She serves on the Board of Directors for the National Catholic Reporter and on the National Advising Committee for the Ignatian Solidarity Network.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02172020 to learn more about Teresa, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:27
February 17, 2021
February 14, 2021: Life is Messy, But it's All God with Maria McGuire
Maria McGuire preaches for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on allowing ourselves to be open to God's healing and to be open to the needs of others:   "The invitation before us today is to open ourselves to God and recognize our need. Open ourselves to the one who sees us, hears us, and longs to touch and connect with us. And when this happens, it changes something inside us. God’s touch opens us to see with new eyes- to see and hear those around us who feel separated- those who long to be seen, heard and touched. When we see and hear the need of those around us, we take on the mind of Christ. And the mind of Christ says this, 'I am yours and you are mine- imperfect, yes- but highly valued and beloved.'"   Maria McGuire is a Chaplain with Hospice, recognizing thee sacredness of every season of life. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and her Master's in Theology and Religious Education from Loyola University, New Orleans. She eearned a Spiritual Direction Certificate from Mercy Center, Buringame. She has worked in various Church ministries over the years, most frequently in RCIA, Adult faith Formation, and collaborating with retreats and workshops.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02142021 to learn more about Maria, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholi women.
07:02
February 12, 2021
February 5, 2021: "I Am Not Ashamed" with Kimberly Lymore
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Kimberly Lymore offers a reflection on living as disciples at all times -- but particularly in times of suffering:   "In this time of the pandemic of COVID, the pandemic of violence, the pandemic of police brutality, the pandemic of injustice and racism, the pandemic of poverty and food insecurity, the pandemic of poor educational systems, let us remember that through our Baptism, we are called into missionary discipleship to evangelize and preach the unadulterated Gospel of Christ in season and out of season, when convenient and inconvenient."   Kimberly Lymore is a member of The Faith Community of St. Sabina, where she was appointed the full-time Pastoral Associate by the Rev. Michael L. Pfleger on September 1, 2000. She is Associate Convener of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and Director of the Augustus Tolton Pastoral Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union (CTU). Dr. Lymore received her Masters of Divinity with a concentration in Word  from CTU and she received her Doctor of Ministry from McCormick Theological Union.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02072021 to learn more about Kimberly, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
10:29
February 5, 2021
January 31, 2021: Life is messy, but it's all God with Christina R. Zaker
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christina R. Zaker offers a reflection on opening ourselves to the voice God "in the stuff of this world":   "Life is messy, yet that is exactly what we need: to be engaged in the stuff of this world - the sights, the tastes, the smells - distracted by all of it, because all of it is God!"   Dr. Christina R. Zaker is the Director of Field Education and teaches in the Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry department at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. As a practical theologian, she focuses on theological reflection as it intersects with justice and family spirituality. Christina received her Master’s degree from the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University, Chicago and her Doctorate in Ministry from Catholic Theological Union. She is a frequent speaker and retreat director, has written numerous articles in both scholarly journals and mainstream magazines and has recently published her book, Surprised by God: Teaching Reflection through the Parables (Rowman & Littlefield 2020).   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01312021 to learn more about Christina, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:22
January 29, 2021
January 24, 2021: "Your call within the call" with Sr. Mumbi Kigutha
Preaching for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mumbi Kigutha, CPPS offers a reflection on responding to our own "call within the call":   "What kind of invitation is God proffering to you as we begin this year? What do you need to leave behind in order to follow Christ? How better can we love God and neighbor? What is the call within the call for each of you? I am convinced the answer lies in a process of the heart, in discernment, so that we may clearly hear God’s call separate from all the naysaying that our brains may distract us with. Just as Jonah, James and John, listened, trusted and responded, may we listen, trust and respond. What ails your heart, and what will soothe it? "   Sister Mumbi Kigutha was born and raised in Kenya. She has worked with diverse vulnerable populations including stints with various UN agencies and currently resides on the southside of Chicago  orking as a part-time International Consultant for Jesuit Refugee Services under the Reconciliation and Social Cohesion Department. Sr. Mumbi is also a regular contributor to the Horizons column of the Global Sisters Report and was also recently appointed as the organizing secretary of the Pan-African Catholic Theology and Pastoral Network. Sr. Mumbi graduated from CTU with a Master of Arts in Justice Ministry and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry in addition to her previous MBA in Marketing. Her theological interests center around Womanist and Africana interpretations, reconciliation, racial and gender equity and their intersection with other areas of social justice.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01242021 to learn more about Sister Mumbi, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 22, 2021
January 17, 2021: Awakening to Our Vocations with Jeanne Lord
Preaching for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jeanne Fielding Lord offers a reflection on awakening to our vocations "at this extraordinary moment in our lives, at this extraordinary moment in our world:"   "So, let’s not forget the lessons of this year. Let’s raise our voices together on behalf of those whose voices are silenced, and say, with joy and courage: Here I am, Lord. I come to do your will."   Jeanne Fielding Lord serves as Associate Vice President and Dean of Students at Georgetown and has been professorial lecturer in the Department of Catholic Studies and currently teaches in the Designing the Futures program at the University. She holds a J.D. from The Catholic University of America and an Ed.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01172021 to learn more about Jeanne, to read her text, and for moree preaching from Catholic women.
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January 15, 2021
January 10, 2020: Small acts every day with Rachelle Kramer
Preaching for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Rachelle Kramer offers a reflection on our participation in Jesus' mission and ministry of bringing justice and light to the world:   "The light of one individual may be small, but it has the potential of growing exponentially when it spreads to others. Rosa Park’s light spread to an entire nation. Jesus’ light spread to the whole world. Let us be a light to the nations by the choices we make each day. We never know the impact it may have."   Rachelle Kramer is currently editor and content creator of the Prayer Corner for Wisdom’s Dwelling (wisdomsdwelling.com), a new online space for Catholic women, women seeking faith, and women who seek. Rachelle holds a D.Min. from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois where her research focused on fostering the holistic development of college students at Catholic Universities. She has master’s degrees in theology (St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota) and music (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee) and twenty years of experience leading liturgy and music programs in university and parish settings.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01102021 to learn more about Rachelle, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 8, 2021
January 3, 2021: Epiphanies and Paradigm Shifts with Marie Dennis
Preaching for the Epiphany, Marie Dennis offers a reflection on "the kind of global paradigm shift that the arrival of the Magi portends":   "As the global community struggles to respond to the crises of our time, a fundamental shift is needed from systems of exploitation and domination toward a new order of universal communion toward which this feast, this manifestation of the universal inbreaking of the reign of God points. Laudato Si’ calls it an ecological conversion, a shift to a new normal in which the infinite worth of every person is honored, the earth is healed, and the primordial unity of all beings is recognized."   Marie Dennis is senior advisor to the secretary general of Pax Christi International. She was co-president of Pax Christi from 2007 to 2019 and serves on the executive committee of Pax Christi’s Catholic Nonviolence Initiative.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01032021 to learn more about Marie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 2, 2021
January 1, 2021: "The Talk" with Dr. Kim Harris
Preaching for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Dr. Kim R. Harris offers a reflection on Mary and Jesus and “the talk” and Black and brown Mothers and “the talk”:    "We must remember the glorious Mother, raising her child in a dangerous land, to help us all be free. Then we must spend our time, our energy, our prayers, and our actions, working to help all people be free."    Dr. Kim R. Harris is the Assistant Professor of African American Thought and Practice in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. In addition to teaching courses on Black liberation and Womanist theologies, Harris leads music in a variety of liturgical and academic settings. She is a liturgist, composer and recording artist, presenting lectures on the music of the Black Catholic experience, the spirituals of the Underground Railroad and the freedom song of modern Civil Rights Movement.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01012021 to learn more about Dr. Harris, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 31, 2020
December 27, 2020: Justice-seeking Families with Bridget Burke Ravizza
Preaching for the Feast of the Holy Family, Bridget Burke Ravizza offers a reflection on the character of Christian families:   "From a Christian perspective, of course, it is not enough to care for the needs of our own family members. We belong to them, yes, but not only to them. We belong to the wider body of Christ, and we are called to be light to the world. The gospels very clearly push us in this direction--moving beyond exclusive identity with birth-kin and toward expansive identity as brothers and sisters in God, a new family to whom we are spiritually and materially accountable. This is why the fruitfulness of Christian families expands to enrich the wider society. This is why Christian families are deliberately outward-facing and justice-seeking."   Bridget Burke Ravizza is a Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at St. Norbert College in De Pere, Wisconsin. Bridget earned her doctorate in Theological Ethics at Boston College, and her work focuses on sexual ethics and the ethics of marriage and family. She is co-author (with Julie Donovan Massey, M.Div.) of Project Holiness: Marriage as a Workshop for Everyday Saints.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12272020 to learn more about Bridget, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 25, 2020
December 25, 2020: The Miraculous in Our Midst. Kayla August Preaches for Christmas
Preaching for Christmas, Kayla August encourages us to find the glorious even in our simpler Christmas celebrations this year:   "This Christmas, may need to be a simpler time than ones in the past...But, in these seemingly simple moments, let us not miss the miraculous in our midst. The small moment when the GLORY OF GOD is around us and we are awakened to the miraculous hidden in the ordinary. A moment filled with deep peace and great joy."  Kayla August serves the Notre Dame University (South Bend) community as the rector of Lyons Hall, an all-women’s and historic halls of Notre Dame. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she received her bachelors from Loyola University of New Orleans followed by two years of service work with Americorps. She then worked in Loyola’s Mission and Ministry department as a graduate student intern while working toward her masters in pastoral counseling from Loyola University’s Institute of Ministry. Kayla is now pursuing a doctorate in preaching as a way to serve God by giving her voice to the church. She also plans to use her education to lift-up and empower marginalized voices of those often overlooked in the universal church and in our world. She dreams of a Church truly alive with Christ, and she believes her vocation is working toward making that Church a daily reality! Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12252020 to learn more about Kayla, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 24, 2020
December 20, 2020: Seeing ourselves as God sees us with Mary Katharine Deeley
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary Katharine Deeley offers a reflection on seeing ourselves as God sees us:   "It is sometimes hard to see how God is working in a world that is darkened by pandemic and civil unrest, and injustice toward the marginalized and vulnerable among us. Because of that, Advent is precisely the time to learn how God sees us. It is the time to ask ourselves all the questions: What might God be building in us? By what new God-given name will our Gabriel call us – full of grace, full of peace, full of joy or love, or hope? And will we listen when Gabriel cries out, 'Behold,' begging us to see our new relationship with God and how God is working through us to reveal Christ to the world."   Mary Deeley  has taught and ministered in academic settings since 1978.  Currently, Mary serves as the Pastoral Associate and the director of the Christ the Teacher Institute for the Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University where she works with young adults and others in discernment processes, leadership development, spiritual direction, and education and formation. She earned her M.Div at Yale Divinity School and her Ph.D., Northwestern University. Mary is the author of a Mothers, Lovers, Priests, Prophets, and Kings:  What the Old Testament Tells Us About God and Ourselves; Daybreaks:  Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas; and Remembering God: Resting in the Midst of Life all published by Liguori Press, as well as numerous reflections on lectionary readings, scripture, campus ministry, and young adults.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12202020 to learn more about Mary, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 18, 2020
December 12, 2020: The Dangerous Memory of Mary with Pearl Maria Barros
Preaching for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dr. Pearl Maria Barros offers a reflection on the "dangerous memory of Mary":   "[R]ecalling the 'dangerous memory of Mary' challenges depictions of Mary’s life that attempt to neutralize its radical implications for pushing against injustice and its call to stand in compassionate solidarity with all who suffer....It is this dangerous memory of La Virgen of Guadalupe that empowers nos/otrx to push against all that keeps us from recognizing the presence of God in ourselves, and each other."   Dr. Pearl Maria Barros is assistant professor of religious studies at Santa Clara University.  She holds a Th.D. in Religion, Gender, and Culture from Harvard, an M.T.S. from Harvard, and a B.A. from Santa Clara University.  She is a Catholic feminist theologian whose work engages Latinx cultural studies and decolonial theory.  In particular, her research focuses on the relationships between sexuality, subjectivity, and spirituality in Latinx women’s writings, especially in Anzaldúan thought.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12122020 to learn more about Dr. Barros, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 11, 2020
December 8, 2020: Bodies Matter with Angela Howard McParland
"What is clear is that to be a Catholic is to proclaim that bodies matter.  We are not simply concerned for the state of a soul, but for the whole person, even as the world tells us that women’s bodies in particular are fragile and disposable. Yet, a first-century pregnant teenager teaches us otherwise." Preaching for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Angela Howard McParland offers a reflection on honoring the sacredness of each and every body.   Angie McParland serves as Campus Minister and Religion teacher at La Salle Academy in Providence where she lives with her husband and three young children.  A Kentucky native who has called New England home for over a decade,  she earned a B.A. in English and Religion from Centre College and and served for a year with Americorps*VISTA before earning a Master of Divinity at Vanderbilt Divinity School as well as a certificate in Religion, Gender, and Sexuality in 2007. She has worked in ministry for more than fifteen years in parish and campus settings from Nashville to Boston.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12082020 to learn more about Angie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 8, 2020
December 6, 2020: Entering this Advent's bewildering Silence with Katherine Greiner, Ph.D
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Advent, Katherine Greiner offers a reflection on proclaiming God's promise of salvation especially in this fraught Advent of 2020:    "This Advent, more than ever, we are called to be both listeners and proclaimers, to be contemplatives and prophets, to let the silence prepare us to speak truth to oppressive power and to speak tenderness to the oppressed. As we continue to wait in joyful hope for an end to this pandemic, may this time of bewildering silence become a holy silence, one in which we hear God speak words of comfort and tenderness. There, in that silence, God will transform our cries of anguish into a chorus of Advent hope so we may proclaim: Maranatha. Come! Lord Jesus Come!”    Katherine A. Greiner is associate professor of theology at Carroll College in Helena, Montana. She holds a Ph.D. in Theology and Education from Boston College. Her research interests include Christian spirituality, lay ministry in the Catholic Church, and feminist and contextual theologies. She currently serves on the College Theology Society Board. She has been regular contributor to the blog Daily Theology and is a regular contributor to Liturgical Press’s Loose Leaf Lectionary.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12062020 to learn more about Katherine, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 4, 2020
November 29, 2020: Hope will not be cancelled with Sr. Terry Rickard
Preaching for the First Sunday of Advent, Sr. Terry Rickard offers a reflection on being awake to the continual coming of the God of hope, even as we lament our current realities:   "Be awake, be woke to the God of hope who comes to us now in midst of our lamentations. Lamenting the surging virus, a divided country and a sinful and suffering Church. Lamenting racial injustice, lamenting our wounded earth and 545 children still separated from their families. As we enter Advent time, we lament with our eyes wide open, asking the God of hope to awaken us to the comings of God into our lives and into our suffering world."   Sr. Theresa Rickard is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York and the President of RENEW International. She holds the degrees of Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri; Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York City; and Master of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University, New York.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11292020 to learn more about Sr. Terry Rickard, OP,. to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 27, 2020
November 22, 2020: El Reino De Dios with Ellie Hidalgo
Preaching for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Ellie Hidalgo offers a reflection on building el reino de Dios -the kingdom of God as engaged citizens and Catholics:   "As Catholics, what we believe to be the shape of the heart of Christ the King, determines how we respond and the kinds of communities we construct. And if in our communities we have laws that treat the lives of the hungry, the poor, the sick, the stranger, and the imprisoned unjustly, then it is up to us to take courageous stands and change those laws. The kinship community is constructed when we allow ourselves to be guided by eyes and the heart of the Good Shepherd who sees each one of us and loves each one of us."   Ellie Hidalgo served for 12 years as the pastoral associate for Dolores Mission Catholic Church and School, a Jesuit parish in Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, California. The parish is known for its restorative justice ministries, including special liturgies and support groups for families who have lost loved ones to homicide and for families with loved ones in prison. The first of five children born to Cuban immigrant parents, Ms. Hidalgo graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and a Master of Arts in Pastoral Theology from Loyola Marymount University (Los Angeles). She was commissioned as a pastoral associate for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2013.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11222020 to learn more about Ellie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 20, 2020
November 15, 2020: Fearlessness with Rose Lue
Preaching for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Rose Lue offers a reflection on using our God-given gifts fearlessly to cooperate in building God's reign:   "Consider the Gospel’s invitation to share the talents entrusted to you in trust and without fear.  Know that when shared in this way, there’s a promise of the talents being multiplied!  And if we all used our God-given talents in this way, we would be, in fact, cooperating with God in building, in realizing, a world where love, peace and justice reign. "   Rose Lue is a community organizer, justice advocate, and spiritual companion.  An Advanced Lay Leader in the Diocese of San Jose, California,  she has completed 7 years of formation along with the candidates for permanent diaconate. She currently serves on the Justice Commission of the Diocese, Youth Council of her parish, the diocesan committee for Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and the strategy team for Silicon Valley Sponsoring Committee (a group that’s growing a broad-based organization in the Bay Area).  She is also a board member of Bay Area Conference for Associates and Religious, co-founder and leader of the Student & Alumni Network for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at SCU, and the co-founder/co-director of a community called GoGatherAsOne whose mission is to promote and honor our universal unity as one humanity and one people of God.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11152020 to learn more about Rose, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 13, 2020
November 8, 2020: Practicing Vigilance Together with Patrica Smith, RSM
Preaching for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Patricia Smith, RSM offers a reflection on returning to the ancient practice of living in communal anticipation of the return of Christ:   "In their time, Matthew’s audience were ardently awaiting the final coming, the end of the world as they knew it.  As that didn’t happen, later generations transferred the hope of Christ’s coming to one’s own personal life at the moment of death. I suggest returning to the original practice . . . And so, in each and every moment, we must be ever vigilant to continue to share the oil of justice, mercy, and all the blessings  so critically needed in our world today."   Pat Smith, a Sister of Mercy, is the former Chair of the Board of Mercy High School Baltimore, and a Theological Consultant.  She received her Bachelor’s degree in Latin Education from Mount Saint Agnes College, Baltimore; her Master’s degree in Theology from the University of San Francisco; her PhD in Theology from the University of St. Michael’s College, Toronto.  She has taught in high school, colleges and at the graduate level.  She was Professor of Theology and Academic Dean at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and served as community theologian for the Sisters of Mercy, Baltimore.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11082020 to learn more about Pat, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 6, 2020
October 25, 2020: The Greatest Commandment at the US-Mexico Border with Pauline Hovey
Preaching for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pauline Hovey offers a reflection on the Greatest Commandment in light of her experiences serving at the US-Mexico border:   "Who does this? Who gives half of what they have to a stranger? Or one-third of what they’ve earned when they don’t even know when they will next receive any income? Who does this?  Imitators of Christ. Such actions make no sense in 'our' world with its desire for security and certainty. But in Jesus’ world of reckless, extravagant love, these actions are life-giving. And my 'alien' brothers and sisters understand that."   Pauline Hovey spent most of her life on the East Coast, but began accompanying asylum seekers in El Paso, Texas in 2013 and ultimateely relocated there in 2016. Prior to moving, Pauline operated a writing and editting business for more than 25 years. She now writtes from the boarder and heer articles appear on various Catholic online publications, including National Catholic Reporter and US Catholic.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10252020 to learn more about Pauline, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 23, 2020
October 18, 2020: Resisting empire with Maureen O'Connell
Preaching for the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Maureen O'Connell offers a reflection on resisting the thinking, habits, and solutions of empire:  "We aren’t chosen by the authority figures of empires, no matter what religious or political guises they moralize with or campaign in or what certainties they claim to offer or platitudes they attempt to ply us with. We are chosen by God. And the God who chooses us has a dream for us—the individual us and the collective us—that surpasses the imagination of empire."   Maureen H. O’Connell is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion and Theology at LaSalle University. She authored Compassion: Loving Our Neighbor in an Age of Globalization (Orbis Books, 2009) and If These Walls Could Talk: Community Muralism and the Beauty of Justice (The Liturgical Press, 2012). She is a member of POWER (Philadelphians Organizing to Witness, Empower, and Rebuild), an interfaith coalition of more than 50 congregations committed to making Philadelphia the city of “just love” through faith-based community organizing.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10182020 to learn more about Maureen, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 16, 2020
October 11, 2020: The feast of justice, love, and abundance with M. Soledad Del Villar T.
Preaching for the Twenty-eight Sunday in Ordinary Time, María Soledad offers a reflection on preparing for the feast God has planned for us:   "...in these moments of history in which we feel so deprived and unsatisfied with our present, let us remember that the God of Jesus is a God that has prepared a big feast for us. That our hope and our future is a feast, and that we can prepare for that feast only if we dress ourselves with the proper garment. That is the garment of solidarity, of expectation, of hope—the garment of those who know that human beings need bread, but also wine. We need the minimum of justice, but also the maximum of love, gratuitousness, and abundance that will satisfy together our bodies and souls."   María Soledad was born in Santiago de Chile in 1985. She is now living in the Boston area while pursuing her PhD in Systematic Theology at Boston College. She is also a Resident Minister serving college students and a member of the Latinx community of St. Ignatius Parish at Chestnut Hill.  She is also co-founder of the movement Mujeres Iglesia, a Catholic and feminist movement based in Chile, that unites Catholic women from different parts of the country in the common effort to deepen their faith through a feminist lense, and pursue justice for women both in the Church and society.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10112020 to learn more about Maria Soledad, to watch her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 9, 2020
October 4, 2020: Living into Community with All Creation with Sr. Ramona Miller, OSF
Preaching for the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time - through the lens of Saint Francis - Ramona Miller, OSF offers a reflection on finding our own goodness and peace by living into community with all creation:   "As we desire to develop a vineyard that pleases God and deepens our inner peace we come to realize that there can be no fences around the perfect vineyard.  We are being called to be in relationship with all of creation and all peoples and creatures.  Lest we get frightened by the expectation to be so magnanimous, keep in mind that God planted the law of love in our hearts."   Sister Ramona Miller is currently the elected leader/president of the Sisters of Saint Francis in Rochester, Minnesota.  She is a graduate of Seattle University (master’s degree in Ministry) and the Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure University (master’s degree in Franciscan Studies). She is the author of "In the Footsteps of Saint Clare", and co-author of "Praying with Clare of Assisi."   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10042020 to learn more about Sister Ramona, to read heer preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 2, 2020
September 27, 2020: Go out and work in the vineyard today with Marge Kloos, SC
Preaching for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marge Kloos, SC offers a reflection encouraging us to go out and work in the vineyard today:   "Today, we are a planet awakening to multiple injustices cascading over our consciousness. Our journey to the vineyard cannot be put on hold. The urgency of this moment calls us to go to work in the vineyard where the weeds of hate and indifference choke the vitality of our souls."   Marge Kloos, S.C., D. Min. is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati and is serving as a member of the Leadership Team of her religious community. As an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Marge has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Ministry, Spirituality, and Ecological and Social Justice.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09272020 to learn more about Marge, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 25, 2020
September 20, 2020: Beyond the Binaries with Jessie Bazan
Preaching for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jessie Bazan offers a reflection on the familiar parable of the workers in the vineyard:   "Our God is a God of infinite possibilities, whose ways are high above the human ways to which we’ve grown accustomed. Our God cannot be tamed within the made-up constructs of in or out, worthy or unworthy, last or first. Our God is near to all who call upon the divine name in truth, no matter if we got to work at the crack of dawn or right before quitting time."   Jessie Bazan is a theologian and writer. She edited and co-authored the book, Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, released in September 2019 with Twenty-Third Publications. Jessie also serves as the program associate for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree at the Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota and Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09202020 to learn more about Jessie, to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 18, 2020
September 13, 2020: On Forgiveness with Jacqueline Regan
Preaching for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jacqueline Regan offers a reflection on forgiveness:   "Seventy times seven? Really? Jesus knew that we needed practice. With hearts opened wide to the amazing grace of God’s mercy, can we trust that Jesus’ instruction is a sign of solidarity with the human condition?  Can we live as if it is a piece of wise advice that shapes and sustains our prophetic practice of love and forgiveness for the long haul?"   Jacqueline Regan (Jackie)  is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Career Services at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). She earned an M.Div. and an M.A. in Spiritual Direction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Ministry. Jackie’s greatest source of joy in her ministry is participating in and creating inclusive formation programs that foster relationships with and among students from all over the world. At the STM and in her parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jackie has been active in spiritual direction, prison and interfaith ministry, international immersion experiences, hospice chaplaincy, liturgical ministry, and RCIA. She has served on executive boards for the Association of Theological Schools and Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, and is currently a member of the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice and the Regional Council of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09132020 to learn more about Jackie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 11, 2020
September 6, 2020: Watch out! with Dr. Julie Welborn
Preaching for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Dr. Julie Welborn offers a reflection on our call to be on the watch -- for ourselves and for one another:   "When we engender these kind of healthy relationships; when we sharpen others and allow others to sharpen us, in the end we become better people, and position ourselves to be available to represent and serve God."   Julie Welborn is a skilled teacher and preacher who worked at the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2011-2016 and served as the Director of Catholic Identity from 2014-16.  She has taught and facilitated confirmation and reconciliation sacramental classes and retreats; shared the gospel as a scripture teacher for the Chicago Catholic Scripture School; taught scripture in the Continuing Education & Enrichment Program during the summer at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at St. Xavier University in New Orleans; has preached at churches and conferences of various denominations and has been featured as keynote speaker at schools and various educational organizations. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry, a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Biblical Spirituality from Catholic Theological Union. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Life at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09062020 to learn more about Julie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 4, 2020
August 30, 2020: Know better, do better with Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI
Preaching for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Nicole Trahan offers a reflection on persistence as we seek, in the words of St. Paul, not to be conformed to this age:   Let us challenge ourselves to keep learning and growing, allowing God to transform us by the renewal of our minds, so we might act with courage in spite of the obstacles and struggles to bring about a time acceptable to the Lord.   Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, a native of Orange, Texas, is a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianists) and currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. Sr. Nicole serves her congregation as a member of the provincial leadership team, vocations director and director of the pre-novitiate program. She is also a part-time campus minister at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08302020 to learn more about Sr. Nicole, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 28, 2020
August 23, 2020: Authority that makes Christianity credible with Elyse Raby
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elyse Raby offers a reflection on authority:   "This is the kind of lived authority, the kind of witness and testimony, that opens the doors to the kingdom of heaven. This  is the authority that makes Christianity credible. It is the kind of authority that we so desperately need from our church leaders who are in positions of authority."   Elyse Raby is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Boston College. She is completing her dissertation on the church as the body of Christ in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Catholic theology and, in particular, how different understandings of embodiment shape our understandings of the church, its ministry, and its relationship to the world.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08232020 to learn more about Elyse, to read her text or watch her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 21, 2020
August 16, 2020: God's Universal Love with Gerardette Philips, RSCJ
Preaching for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Gerardette Philips offers a reflection on the universality of God's love and compassion -- regardless of race, culture, or creed -- and the invitation to be in relationship with one another:    "The Breath of the Compassionate God breathes on all alike, extending the invitation and making God’s mercy available for all. However we can only feel this breath if we are close enough... In the three readings of today we are given an invitation to be in the house of prayer together, to exclude no one, to experience the mercy of God and a promise that our requests will be granted in God’s way and in God’s time."     Sr. Gerardette Philips, RSCJ, (Religiuses du Sacre Coeur de Jesus) was born in India. She has been living and serving in Jakarta/Bandung – Indonesia over the last twenty years. She serves as the Director of Formation and District Leader of the RSCJ in Indonesia. She is actively involved special education and interreligious dialogue.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08162020 to learn more about Sr. Gerardette, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:59
August 14, 2020
August 15, 2020: If heaven could welcome a female body, why can't the hierarchy? from Pat McDonough
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Assumption, Pat McDonough offers a reflection on the wholeness and holiness of each woman:   "Mary’s 'yes' made her whole, a wholeness for which we all long. She shared so singleheartedly, so fully in the life of Jesus, that God invited Mary to share fully in his resurrection. If heaven could welcome a female body, why can’t the hierarchy?"   Pat McDonough has enjoyed a thirty-five year career as a Catholic educator and school psychologist in the Diocese of Rockville Centre. Her experience in pastoral ministry spans years as a Director of Religious Education, Director of Youth Ministry, Coordinator of Programs in the Diocesan Office of Family Ministry, and professor of psychology and theology in Catholic high schools and colleges on Long Island. She holds a P.D. in Psychology, M.S. in Education, M.A. in Theology and a B.S. in Criminal Justice. She completed the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over the course of an unforgettable thirty days as a graduate student.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08152020 to learn more about Pat, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:44
August 13, 2020
August 9, 2020: Living out our connectedness with God with Emily John
Preaching for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily R. John offers a reflection on living out of our connectedness with God -- especially during tumultuous times:    "That still point, that everyone has within, helps us see that every moment of our lives is reverent. Resting in the love of God not only changes us but also invites us to take on the injustices and systematic oppression in the world. It gives us the spirit and courage to Show Up."   Emily John currently lives in Milwaukee, WI. Throughout her career, she has striven to use her talents best to serve the poor. And currently works with the Cardinal Felix Foundation raising funds for the poor on the Caribbean islands of St. Lucia and Dominica. She received her MA and PhD from St. Michael’s College, Toronto School of Theology, University of Toronto.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08092020 to learn more about Emily, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:15
August 7, 2020
August 2, 2020: Channeling Our Anger with Casey Stanton
Casey Stanton preaches for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on acknowleding and channeling our anger and grief:   "Come turn that hot anger into fuel that sustains your love of creation and the people of God entrusted to your care. Come and be changed, be renewed, be fed -- by the same one who promises that no creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, but that in him we conquer overwhelmingly."   Casey Stanton, M.Div., is the Minister of Social Action and Discipleship at Immaculate Conception Parish in Durham, North Carolina. She holds a BA from the University of Notre Dame, and a Masters of Divinity from Duke Divinity School where she graduated with a certificate in prison studies. Casey spent a decade working in the field of faith-based and labor organizing where she witnessed the power of collective action to bend decision makers towards justice.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08022020 to learn more about Casey, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
10:07
July 31, 2020
July 26, 2020: Finding True Joy with Anne Koester
Preaching for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Anne Koester offers a reflection on finding and sparking joy:   "We should find joy simply in sharing the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ and in building up the reign of God by loving others – as in everyone – not a select few, not just the ones we like or could benefit us, not just the ones whom we think are like us – but loving everyone.  The people who make us uncomfortable, those whom we don’t personally know, those who are very different from ourselves, those who need our listening hearts and who likely will not give us some advantage.  But here we will find deep and ever-lasting joy."   Anne Koester is with Georgetown University, Washington, DC, where she has been an adjunct instructor with the Theology Department since 2003.  She also oversees the RCIA process and is co-facilitator of the “Women Who Stayed” initiative at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in DC.   A former trial lawyer, Anne studied theology, with a concentration in liturgy, at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.  She has worked at the Notre Dame Center for Pastoral Liturgy and the Georgetown Center for Liturgy.  From 2004-2007, Anne served on the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Women in the Church and Society.   She is a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy and its Christian Initiation Seminar group.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07262020 to learn more about Anne, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:18
July 24, 2020
July 22, 2020: The Apostolic Tradition of Mary Magdalene with Nontando Hadebe
Preaching for the Feast Day of Saint Mary of Magdala, Nontando Hadebe offers a reflection on claiming the apostolic tradition of Mary Magdalene:    "As we celebrate Mary Magdalene, we rise up as women and we say we have a tradition that can be traced to a direct commandment from Jesus to speak. And we shall speak: we shall speak with authority; we shall speak with intelligence; we shall speak for ourselves..."   Dr. Nontando Hadebe is a lay woman theologian and senior lecturer at St. Augustine College in South Africa, specializing in African Theology, Pastoral & Contextual Theology, Feminist & Womanist Theology, Liberation Theology and Pastoral Psychology.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07222020 to learn more about Nontando, to view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:36
July 22, 2020
July 19, 2020: Growth and Progress even now with Ruth Fehlker
Preaching for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Ruth Fehlker offers a reflection on growth and progress even in times of injustice, pain, and uncertainty:   "And so I cling to this unlikely hope: the hope that many small people in many small places who take many small steps will eventually change the face of the earth."   Ruth Fehlker holds a master’s degree in Catholic theology from the University of Münster as well as certificates in pastoral psychology and pastoral theology after training with the Diocese of Münster for four years. She works as a pastoral worker (Pastoralreferentin) in the parish of St. Lamberti in Coesfeld (www.lamberti-coe.de). She is a member of the womens’ council to the  bishop in the Diocese of Münster.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07192020 to learn more about Ruth, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:40
July 17, 2020
July 12, 2020: The Seeds of Racial Justice with Molleen Dupree-Dominguez
Molleen Dupree-Dominguez preaches on the familiar parable of the Sower and the Seed, offering a reflection on the seeds of racial justice being sown today:    "The weeds and thorns of racial superiority have set excruciatingly deep roots in the institutions of the United States of America as well as in the hearts of Americans. Any skilled gardener will tell you, uprooting entrenched weeds takes persistence and focus. God assures us through the mouth of Isaiah: My work is not wasted. I send out my word, says God, and it will not return to me until it has accomplished its word. God’s Word - these seeds thirsting for justice - will find fertile soil. God is our ultimate model of the skilled gardener - persistent and focused. Let her be our guide."   Molleen Dupree-Dominguez is a teacher, writer, and minister living in the beautiful Bay Area of northern California. She earned a Master of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University in 2003, along with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction in 2004.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07122020 to learn more about Molleen, to read her text, and for weekly preaching from Catholic women.
08:56
July 10, 2020
July 5, 2020: The Changing with the Help of Sophia-Wisdom with Christine Burke, IBVM
Preaching for the Fourteeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Christine Elisabeth Burke, IBVM offers a reflection on Wisdom-Sophia's message of hope during time of struggle and invitation to live in a new way:   "Can we have the humility to come as little ones', asking Wisdom to help us to understand, to change, to live in a new way? Can we let go of some good things to a allow a greater good to emerge?"   Christine Burke IBVM (Loreto) lives in Quezon City, Philippines. She was engaged for many years in various aspects of adult faith education in the archdiocese of Adelaide, Australia. She is currently giving a seminar course at Maryhill School of Theology on Feminist Theology and Spirituality and supervises some post-graduate students. She has published “Freedom Justice and Sincerity: reflections on the life and spirituality of Mary Ward” and “The gift of Mary Ward”, as well as an earlier volume “Through a woman’s Eyes” which presented meditations and feminist insights into Gospel stories.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07052020 to learn more about Christine, to read her text or view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:10
July 3, 2020
June 28, 2020: Life According to Jesus with timone davis
Preaching for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, timone davis offers a reflection on living and loving a "Life According to Jesus":   "See, to truly love God is to love self. The love for self manifests itself in how we treat others. My love for Gaud causes me, calls me, to see my goodness and worthiness... and I can't help but share that with others -- evangelization"   After working for the Archdiocese of Chicago as the coordinator of ReCiL – Reclaiming Christ in Life Young Adult Ministry, timone davis* launched PEACE centered WHOLENESS with her husband, Orlando, where they are blending clinical counseling and spiritual companioning. In addition to running a business, timone is an assistant professor in the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago. In her spare time, she serves as the treasurer of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. *dr. timone davis uses lower case letters in the spelling of her name to indicate her willingness to embody the creedal assertion in John 3:30 in her everyday living.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06282020 to learn more about timone, to read here preaching text, and for weekly preaching from Catholic women.
07:60
June 26, 2020
June 21, 2020: Facing Fear with Joan S. Grey
Preaching for the Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Joan S. Grey offers a reflection on overcoming fear:   "How do we overcome fear? It’s more complicated than someone saying: don’t be afraid. Taming this emotion requires more than a command or suggestion, even from a trusted source."   From being first-generation American to being in the first class with women at West Point and a 2019 Harvard graduate, Joan Grey hopes her "Didn't See That Coming" experiences may ease the journey for others.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06212020 to learn more about Joan Grey, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:26
June 19, 2020
June 14, 2020: Eucharist isn't a spectator sport with Susan Haarman
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Susan Haarman offers a reflection on being a Eucharistic people:   "Eucharist isn't a spectator sport. We participate in the body of Christ when we break the bread. We participate in the blood of Christ when we drink from the cup. Living into a Eucharistic reality means participating in it. It means saying yes to that relationship again and again and again. It means trying to model the Eucharistic relationship that God offers us to everyone around us..."   Susan Haarman is the associate director at Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Experiential Learning, facilitating faculty development and the service-learning program. She has degrees from Marquette University, Loyola University of Chicago, the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and previously served as the faith and justice campus minister, also at Loyola University Chicago.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06142020 to learn more about Susan, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:25
June 12, 2020
June 7, 2020: Joining the Trinity in the Dance of Life with Sharon Chipman
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Sharon Chipman offers a reflection on our invitation to join the Trinity in the dance of life even in a time of pandemic:   "We are being saved, and we are being called to save others in every possible way we can. Keep dancing my sisters and brothers. Follow the hesed steps of the Creator and Redeemer, and may the music, the rhythm, the kiss and the love of the Holy Spirit Be with you!"    Sharon Chipman is a retired Lay Ecclesial minister who has served in Campus Ministry and Parish ministry for over 40 years.  She earned her Masters of Divinity degree from the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA, and her MA in Theology from The Graduate Theological Union, also in Berkeley.  Sharon has done much preaching over the years in retreat and liturgical settings. She has worked in a variety of ministry settings and with every age group from kindergarteners to seniors.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06072020 to learn more about Sharon, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:38
June 5, 2020
May 31, 2020: Allowing the Spirit to Use, Transform us with C. Vanessa White
Preaching for Pentecost, Dr. C. Vanessa White offers a reflection on listening to the Holy Spirit during a time of Pentecost, while weaving African American Spirituals throughout:   "Like those first disciples in the Upper Room, may we be open to the coming of the Holy Spirit during this time of pandemic to use us and transform us for the good of all."   Dr. C. Vanessa White is Associate Professor of Spirituality and Ministry  as well as the Director of the Certificates in Pastoral Studies and Black Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union.  She received her Doctor of Ministry and Master of Theological Studies degrees from Catholic Theological Union, with additional post-graduate work at Xavier University of Louisiana and Loyola University Chicago.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05312020 to learn more about Dr. White, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:39
May 29, 2020
May 24, 2020: Called and Sent with Cathe Shoulberg, RSM
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Ascension, Cathe Shoulberg, RSM offers a reflection on what the readings for the Ascension might offer to our uncertain and frightening times:   "This feast speaks so directly to each one of us amid these uncertain and frightening times - WE are called like the Apostles, WE are being sent, to open our hearts to Jesus; to stand, serve and be with the poor among us; to welcome the marginalized, to help the sick, to forgive one another – simply put, to LOVE as Jesus; to make our World a dwelling as envisioned by Jesus – united with one another, in love.  Most importantly, Jesus lets us know, in no uncertain words, that he will send the Holy Spirit to us.  Jesus, promises not to leave us orphans for he will be with us, all day, every day until the end of time! "   Cathe Shoulberg, RSM, is a Sister of Mercy of the Mid-Atlantic Community.  Born and raised in East Norriton, PA, Sister Cathe, she received a BS in Education from Gwynedd Mercy University and a Master’s in Education from Arcadia University. For fifteen years, Sister Cathe taught First Grade in various parish schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Diocese of Camden.  She was the principal of St. Elizabeth School in the diocese of Allentown for five years and in June, 2018 completed a thirty year tenure as Principal at St. Helena School, Blue Bell. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05242020 to learn more about Cathe, to read her text or view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
06:24
May 22, 2020
May 17, 2020: A Reason for Our Hope with Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM
Preaching for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mary Ann Hinsdale offers a reflection on hope, particularly at a time of pandemic:   "...these precarious situations caused by the Coronavirus pandemic: joblessness, food insecurity, our elders and veterans dying alone in nursing homes and hospitals, exhausted parents trying to balance working at home and overseeing their children’s education, seeing the future plans we have made or the provisions for our retirement collapse and disappear.  All of these are stressors and have a bearing on whether we are able to 'give an accounting for our hope.'  At best, we may feel resigned; at worst, we simply feel paralyzed. And yet, for me, the reading from John’s Gospel for this Sixth Sunday of Easter offers us some 'good news,' – and a reason for our hope, even though we are living  with painful situations."    Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, a member of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Monroe, MI), is an Associate Professor of Theology at Boston College.  She received her B.A. from Marygrove College (Detroit), her M.A. in religious education from the Catholic University of America, and her Ph.D in Systematic Theology from the University of St. Michael’s in Toronto. Her academic specializations are in theological anthropology, ecclesiology, and feminist and ecological theologies.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05172020 to learn more about Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
13:59
May 15, 2020
May 10, 2020: Bringing Christ Wherever We Go with Sr. Donna Ciangio
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Sr. Donna L. Ciangio, OP offers a reflection on making Christ present wherever we are:   "These two lines that I heard in the Gospel today -- 'Where I am you also may be' and 'Whoever believes in me will do the work that I do' -- [are] essential for us. We bring Christ wherever we are. We are given the work to carry on the mission of Christ in our time and in various ways."   Sr. Donna is a Dominican Sister of Caldwell, New Jersey and holds a doctorate from Drew University.  She is the director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, Small Christian Communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05102020 to learn more about Sr. Donna, to read her text or view her video and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:25
May 8, 2020
May 3, 2020: Shepherding Eachother with Susan Nagele
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Maryknoll Lay Missioner, Susan Nagele reflects on the familiar shepherd imagery of the readings through the lens of her experience in East Africa:   "The responsorial psalm is very comforting, 'The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.'  But let’s be practical.  Jesus left this earth many years ago and it takes more than words to keep people and the animals alive.  We, ourselves, must be the body of Christ.  I think Jesus is telling us that there is nothing we shall want and we will have abundant life if we take care of one another the way a good shepherd takes care of the sheep."   Susan Nagele is a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and Family Physician who began working in East Africa in 1985.  Her service provided primary health care in Tanzania for six years, Sudan for 12 years (all during the second war in what is now called South Sudan) and Kenya for 14 years. She returned to the USA in 2018 and continues to work for Maryknoll Lay Missioners doing medical consultancy, mission education and promotion in the Midwest.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05032020 to learn more about Susan, to read her text or watch her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:59
May 1, 2020
April 26, 2020: Restoring what is broken with Mary J. Novak
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Easter, Mary J. Novak offers a reflection that illuminates restorative justice practices with the story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus:   "Feeling guilty, infuriated, overwhelmed with grief: we all experience the spiritual desolation that can accompany these feelings in our world and Church today.  What can we do besides turn away and run?   We can walk alongside one another and listen deeply, restoratively.  As we listen in circle, when we feel the healing love of Christ in our midst, slowly, the desolation can turn, widening our perspective.  We may even experience spiritual consolation, a sense that our hearts are burning as we listen to each other.  From this encounter, we might even begin to trust that a way forward will emerge as it did for the disciples on the road to Emmaus."   Mary J. Novak serves in Washington, D.C. as the Associate Director for Ignatian Formation at Georgetown University’s Law Center and School of Continuing Studies where she also serves as Catholic Chaplain and Adjunct Professor of Law.  She is also chair of the Board of Directors of Catholic Mobilizing Network.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04262020 to learn more about Mary, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:10
April 24, 2020
April 19, 2020: Savoring God's Abundance with Joanna Williams
Preaching for the Second Sunday in Easter, Joanna Williams offers a reflection on savoring God's abundance:   " ... the invitation is to a mentality of abundance and not scarcity. As we practice this discipline of cherishing it is not because we are ignorant of suffering, evil, and darkness."   Since 2015, Joanna Williams has been the Director of Education and Advocacy at the Kino Border Initiative (KBI), a binational Catholic and Jesuit ministry in Nogales, Arizona and Sonora that works to promote humane and just migration policy. In her role, she works to ensure that the migrants who arrive to KBI’s aid center are heard by US communities, including schools and parishes, and by policymakers.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04192020 to learn more about Joanna, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:40
April 17, 2020
April 12, 2020: When we rise, we rise together with Sr. Helen Prejean
Preaching for Easter, Sister Helen Prejean, CSJ, reflects on what resurrection means for community:   "But over the years, as the community has reflected, we have moved away from that individualistic conception of resurrection and the afterlife into one of personal transformation, of being able to move past our ego and our selfishness into a state of love and into a state of community."   Sister Helen Prejean is known around the world for her tireless work against the death penalty.  She has been instrumental in sparking national dialogue on capital punishment and in shaping the Catholic Church’s vigorous opposition to all executions. A Sister of Saint Joseph since 1972, she is the author of "Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account of the Death Penalty in the United States," "The Death of Innocents: An Eyewitness Account of Wrongful Executions," and "River of Fire: My Spiritual Journey."   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04122020 to learn more about Sr. Helen, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:08
April 11, 2020
April 10, 2020: To Love Like God with Joan Dawber, SC
Preaching for Good Friday, Joan Dawber, SC, offers a reflection on loving like God:  "Good Friday is clearly about deep, faithful, steadfast, merciful love. Jesus shows us how to love, to love like God. Jesus' whole life, ministry, and death show us how to love. The question is, what do we do with so great a love?"   Joan Dawber, SC, incorporated LifeWay Network, Inc. in 2007 as a Not-for-Profit Corporation collaborating to combat human trafficking and  has recently retired from her position as Executive Director. She is a member of the Sisters of Charity Halifax and lives in New York City.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04102020 to learn more about Joan, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:50
April 10, 2020
April 9, 2020: Servant Leadership with Virginia Saldanha
Preaching for Holy Thursday, Virginia Saldanha offers a reflection on responding to God's call to serve God's people:   "Jesus handed his disciples a challenging servanthood. It involves humility in service and sacrifice even to the extent of breaking one’s body and shedding one’s blood. Holy Thursday places before us the challenges involved in following Jesus’ model of service among the People of God."   Virginia Saldanha Virginia is a theologian based in Mumbai, India and has long represented laity, family and women's issues in organizations of Asian and Indian bishops. She is currently involved in advocating for women survivors of sex abuse in the Church in India, as well as advocating for recognition of the rights and dignity of LGBTI+ persons.  She is also associated with various Church Reform groups.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04092020 to learn more about Virginia, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:60
April 8, 2020
April 5, 2020: The Transformation of Suffering with Jessica Coblentz
Preaching for Palm Sunday, Jessica Coblentz reflects on resurrrection means in the face of suffering and injustice today:    "Resurrection does not erase the pain of our shattered plans and life’s difficult unknowing. Resurrection does not undo what has been done...Christ’s resurrection reveals that a transformation of our suffering and uncertainty awaits us. And like Jesus’s first followers, it is a transformation far beyond what we can fathom—whether at our best or at our most undone."   Jessica Coblentz is a Catholic theologian. She is assistant professor of religious studies at Saint Mary’s College (Notre Dame, IN), where her teaching and research focuses on systematic theology and issues of mental health, feminism, and the relationship of the theology and the psychological sciences. She earned a PhD from Boston College, an MTS from Harvard Divinity School, and a BA from Santa Clara University.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04052020 to learn more about Jessica, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:48
April 3, 2020
March 29, 2020: Accompanying each other out of our tombs with Krista Chinchilla
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Krista Chinchilla offers a reflection on  accompanying each other out of our tombs:   "What do we need to do to untie ourselves? What is it that keeps us bound? Maybe it’s a fear of the unknown or maybe the thought of leaving our comfort zone; maybe something else entirely. Once we liberate ourselves, we can then ask ourselves how we will accompany and advocate for those who are tied up in suffering."   Krista Chinchilla serves as the Campus Minister for Catholic Social Concerns and Service at Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala and raised in Southern California, Krista earned an MA in Theology and Ministry from the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College and a BA in Theology and Psychology from Loyola Marymount University.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03292020 to learn more about Krista, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:46
March 27, 2020
March 22, 2019: Walking in the Light with Rachel Bundang
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Dr. Rachel Bundang offers a reflection on walking in the light:   "If we can bring light to others, shouldn’t we do that without delay? If we can bring life and help each other flourish and live in fullness, shouldn’t we do that without hesitation? We can be light for one another now. God is light for us now. Live now. Walk in the light"   Dr. Rachel Bundang is a Catholic feminist ethicist. Presently based in the Bay Area, she teaches on the Religious Studies faculty at Sacred Heart Cathedral in San Francisco and the Graduate Program for Pastoral Ministries faculty at Santa Clara University. She has written multiple articles and book chapters and additionally serves on the editorial team for the journal Theological Studies and is a founding member of the Asian Pacific American Religious Research Initiative (APARRI).   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03222020 to learn more about Dr. Bundang, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:42
March 20, 2020
March 15, 2020: Leaving Our Comfort Zones with Jennifer Delvaux
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Lent, Jennifer Delvaux offers a reflection on pushing ourselves outside of our comfort zones and into encounters:   "The story reminds us that we have to, as Jesus did, intentionally go out of ourselves. Go out of our parishes. Out of the comfort what is our normal – to find the ostracized and to talk with them. To ask them questions and to listen to their answers. To acknowledge and celebrate their joys. To acknowledge and grieve the tragedies in their lives. To invite them into our communities and to walk with them, so they recognize that they truly belong as God wills it."   Jennifer Delvaux is Senior Coordinator for the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, where she supports parishes in the efforts to develop a culture of evangelization and missionary disciples. She enjoys these opportunities to enter in to conversation with others about faith, social justice, science fiction, the experience of the feminine in the Church, and especially breaking open the scriptures.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03152020 to learn more about Jennifer, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:50
March 13, 2020
March 8, 2020: Living Our Belovedness with Lauren M. Schwer
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Lauren M. Schwer offers a reflection on embracing and living our belovedness:   "May we seek to live our belovedness, relax with knowing we cannot control it, and seek to deepen a genuine relationship of response with the God that loved us into existence."   Lauren serves as the Associate Director of Campus Ministry at Loyola University Chicago. Lauren earned both her Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and her Bachelor of Arts in Theology from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. While at Boston College, she was a four-year varsity volleyball player. Her passions include running, traveling, and gathering her loved ones in her home.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03082020 to learn more about Lauren, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:16
March 6, 2020
March 1, 2020: Rejecting the Empty Promises of Injustice with Marcia Chatelain
Preaching for the First Sunday of Lent, Marcia Chatelain offers a reflection on joining Jesus in rejecting the empty promises of injustice:   "The temptations are all around us; the rhetoric is all around us. But if we imagine ourselves atop the great mountain, and we see ourselves as people able to reject the empty promises of the Devil, then we were able to reject the empty promises of a society that tells us that that there are only winners and that we don’t have to think about losers."   Marcia Chatelain is a Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor of History and African American Studies at Georgetown University. She is the author of South Side Girls: Growing up in the Great Migration (Duke University Press, 2015) and Franchise: The Golden Arches in Black America (Liveright Publishing Co./ W.W. Norton, January 2020). She is a current co-host of the Slate podcast, “The Waves,” which covers feminism, gender, and current events. At Georgetown, she has won several teaching awards and served on the University’s Working Group on Slavery, Memory, and Reconciliation.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03012020 to learn more about Marcia, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:29
February 28, 2020
February 26, 2020: The Invitation to Transformation with Karen VanAntwerp
Preaching for Ash Wednesday, Karon VanAntwerp offers a reflection on accepting Lent's invitation to transformation:   "May this Lent be a time of recommitment for us, as we say 'Yes' again to our baptismal call to be priests – and leaders of faith; to be prophets – ones who listen to God’s Word and announce it in our communities, our families and our world; and to be kings – ones who willingly and lovingly pour out our lives in service to those who are in need."   Karon VanAntwerp Latham has worked in ministry for the Catholic Church for the past twenty years, serving as a campus minister, hospital and hospice chaplain, parish minister, retreat leader and currently as a high school theology teacher. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the Franciscan School of Theology.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02262020 to learn more about Karon, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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February 25, 2020
February 23, 2020: "Who Are Your Enemies?" with Emily Cortina
Preaching for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily Cortina offers a reflection on seeking restorative justice:    "Jesus is calling us to a higher level of justice--one that goes deeper than reason, one that lights our hearts on fire with a love that allows us to look at an enemy and see instead a brother or sister."   Emily Cortina  is Coordinator of Outreach and Formation with Kolbe House Jail Ministry of the Archdiocese of Chicago. In this role, Emily is responsible for parish outreach and education, ministry to families affected by incarceration, and formation of volunteers participating in faith-based accompaniment ministry in Cook County jail. She entered this ministry after being introduced to restorative justice through a practicum accompanying youth in juvenile detention with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation and learning from her husband’s incarceration experience as a Mexican immigrant. She earned an MA in Intercultural Ministry from Catholic Theological Union and a BA in Economics and Journalism from Creighton University.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02232020 to learn more about Emily, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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February 21, 2020
February 16, 2020: Fulfilling the Law and the Prophets with Kate Ott
Preaching for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Kate Ott offers a reflection on following Jesus in fulfilling the Law and the Prophets:   "We must remember: ethics – rules and commandments – are not lived in a philosophical abstraction. Jesus reminds us that following the law and the prophets is difficult work, in need of discernment, open to the Spirit, and guided by integrity."   Dr. Kate Ott is a feminist, Catholic scholar addressing the formation of moral communities with specializations in technology, youth and young adults, sexuality, pedagogy and professional ethics.  Her newest book is Christian Ethics for a Digital Society. She is Associate Professor of Christian Social Ethics at Drew University Theological School in Madison, NJ and a Lecturer in Practical Theology at Yale Divinity School in New Haven, CT.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02162020 to learn more about Kate, to read her preaching text, view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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February 14, 2020
February 9, 2020: Becoming the light in a darkened world
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sister Bibiana Ngundo offers a reflection on being the light of Christ in our darkened world:    "We are called to bring peace and healing to a world torn down by the ravages of war and hatred. As we hold Christ’s candle of love to his people we in turn become their light, their role model, and guide to the true Light, Christ the Lord."   Sister Bibiana Ngundo, LSOSF, is from Kenya and a member of the Congregation of the Little Sisters of St. Francis. By profession she is a teacher and currently, lecturer at the Catholic university of Eastern Africa (AMECEA). Besides teaching, Sr. Bibiana is involved in research both within and outside the campus. She also delights in composing and teaching liturgical music to choirs as an evangelization strategy.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02092020 to learn more about Sr. Bibiana, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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February 7, 2020
February 2, 2020: Following in Anna's Footsteps
Preaching for the Feast of the Presentation, Kathy Lilla Cox offers a reflection on recognizing the unfolding fulfillment of God's promises, like the prophet Anna, in unexpected people and ways:   "Can we develop a willingness to see the infancy of God’s promises being incarnated into the world, a world awaiting and needing restoration, reconciliation, redemption, and peace?  And then when God arrives, in persons young, vulnerable, and needing care, can we recognize that we are seeing God face to face, give thanks, and proclaim God’s presence in our midst to others awaiting redemption, even as we continue to hope for God’s promises to be fully realized?"   Kathy Lilla Cox is a Research Associate and Visiting Scholar at the University of San Diego. After earning her PhD in Theology from Fordham University, she taught undergraduates from 2007 to 2018 in central MN at the College of St. Benedict and St. John’s University.  During the same period, she taught graduate students at St. John’s School of Theology and Seminary (Collegeville, MN).     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02022020 to learn more about Kathy, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 31, 2020
January 26, 2020: We Need Not Fear the Darkness
Preaching for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Helen R. Graham, MM, offers a reflection on light overcoming darkness:   "It is through our regular 'celebration, study . . . [and contemplation] of the word of God' that we are nourished and enlightened by constant retelling, reinterpretation and re-appropriation of the story of the God who continues to be our light, our salvation and our stronghold  so that we need not fear the darkness."  Helen R. Graham, a member of the Congregation of the Maryknoll Sisters since 1956, arrived in the Philippines in September of 1967, and soon began teaching at Maryknoll College and at the Sister Formation Institute which was founded during Vatican II to provide a minimum of theological education for religious women. She continues to teach Sacred Scripture in the Philippines today, as well as to conduct evening Bible study groups, workshops and seminars in the Philippines and other parts of the world, which she has been doing since 1984.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01262020 to learn more about Helen, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 24, 2020
January 19, 2020: Giving witness to the action of the Holy Spirit
Preaching for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jean Santopatre offers a reflection on giving witness to the Holy Spirit's movement in our world:   "We are being called today, more than ever, to witness where the Holy Spirit is at work in others, as well as in ourselves."   Jeanmarie Santopatre is Pastoral Associate for Faith Formation for Family and Ignatian Young Adults and Social Justice Ministry at Saint Ignatius Parish in New York City. She holds a Master of Arts in Theology, Education, Leadership and Ministry from Yale Divinity School and has extensive education and experience in Ignatian Spirituality.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01192020 to learn more about Jean, to read her preaching text and view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 17, 2020
January 12, 2020: Called Above Our Pay Grade
Preaching for the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Jane M. Cruthirds offers a reflection on embracing our own call -- even when that call seems daunting:    "At our baptism we are claimed by Christ and restored to the holiness which reflects God’s image.  We are given the graces we need to follow Jesus and are anointed into service with Him.  With faith we step forward each day to do important work that might very well be above our pay grade."   Jane Cruthirds is a mother and Theology teacher living in Louisville, KY.  Her joy is raising her soon to be 10-year-old son, Duncan.  Jane’s professional ministry focuses on providing religious education and service-learning opportunities to students at Sacred Heart Academy in Louisville, KY.  She earned her Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University – New Orleans.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01122020 to learn more about Jane, to read her preaching text or view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 10, 2020
January 5, 2020: Opening our eyes and hearts to the light of Christ in others
Preaching for the Epiphany, Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF offers a reflection on being changed by our encounters with Christ in Scripture, the Sacraments, and in one another:  "We have a choice to remain the same or to open our hearts, to open our eyes to see the light of Christ in others, to walk with those who are searching, and, to purify our motives and intentions for the spirit is generous to guide and accompany us on our journey of life."   Sister Jane Wakahiu, LSOSF, PhD  is Associate Vice President of Programs Operations and Head of Catholic Sisters Initiative  for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. Wakahiu was previously the executive director of the African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). She holds a Ph.D. in human development and higher education administration from Marywood University, a Master of Arts degree from Saint Bonaventure University, and a Bachelor of Education from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01052020 to learn more about Sister Jane and her work, to read her text or view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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January 3, 2020
January 1, 2020: On Becoming a Blessing to Others
Preaching for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, Sister Draru Mary Cecilia offers a reflection on modeling our lives after Mary and allowing God to bless others through us:   "Through the Blessed Virgin Mary, we have each individually, been blest beyond compare. We in turn are called to be a blessing to others. How?"   Sister Draru Mary Cecilia (Ph.D.), is of the Congregation Little Sisters of Mary Immaculate of Gulu (LSMIG) in Uganda. She is the Executive Director of African Sisters Education Collaborative (ASEC). Sister Draru has great passion for education of women in Africa and holds two diplomas in education and another in educational planning and management. In her research, she highlights the resilience of women in Africa and how they constantly negotiate their socio-cultural contexts in order to build successful educational and professional careers.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01012020 to learn more about Sister Draru and her work, to read her preaching text and view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 30, 2019
December 29, 2019: Making our hearts bigger
Preaching for the Feast of the Holy Family, Cambria Tortorelli offers a reflection on building community and standing in solidarity with the vulnerable -- especially refugees and asylum seekers:   "Building solidarity between communities that are very different, and yet have so much in common through our shared faith and humanity, is essential to making our hearts bigger and more understanding of one another’s struggles.  After all, it is through healthy loving relationships that grace is unleashed in the world. "   Cambria Tortorelli has served as the Parish Life Director (pastoral leader) at Holy Family Church in South Pasadena, California, since 2008. She holds a BA in English Language and Literature from Oxford University in England, and a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12292019 to learn more about Cambria, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 27, 2019
December 25, 2019: Rejoice, again, I say, REJOICE
Preaching for Christmas, Diana L. Hayes, implores us to "Rejoice!":   "Beautiful are the feet and the entire body of that person who comes to us alight with the love of God, bringing us the good news, the Gospel message, a message never heard before in its fullness. For unto us this day is born in the city of David, a Savior, a child, who is the bearer of peace and all good things not to just a few but to all of humanity."   Diana L. Hayes is a Professor Emerita of Systematic Theology at Georgetown University.  Her areas of specialization are Womanist Theology, Black Theology, U.S. Liberation Theologies, Contextual Theologies, Religion and Public Life, and African American and Womanist Spirituality. Dr. Hayes is the first African American woman to receive the Pontifical Doctor of Sacred Theology degree (S.T.D.) from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) and has also received three honorary doctorates.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12252019 to learn more about Dr. Hayes, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 23, 2019
December 22, 2019: Fear not... God is creating something new
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Liz McCloskey offers a reflection inviting us to trust that God is doing something new:  "What are the signs in your own life that God is creating something new in you?  and who is it that helps you see the signs?   Fear not.  Say prophets.  Say angels.  Says God."   Liz McCloskey is a parishioner at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, DC where she is a spiritual director, co-facilitates a feminist bible study, and is on the team of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a nationwide ministry with formerly homelessness people in recovery from addiction. She is one of the founders of the 5 Theses initiative, a set of simple proposals articulated to prompt reform of the Catholic Church.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/12222019 to learn more about Liz, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 20, 2019
December 15, 2019: Joy through Inclusion
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, Mary Jo Iozzio offers a reflection on realizing joy in this world through inclusion:  "Indeed, where anyone is absent or excluded from our assemblies, it is there that our joy will be incomplete: all are called to something different, that is, through the joy in the world as a whole that may only be realized when inclusion prevails."   Mary Jo Iozzio, Ph.D. is Professor of Moral Theology at Boston College School of Theology and ministry. She recently earned the License in Sacred Theology-STL with a focus on disability from Boston College (2019). She served as inaugural member on the American Academy of Religion, Committee on the Status of People with Disabilities in the Profession and now serves as co-chair of its Religion and Disability Studies Group.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12152019 to learn more about Mary Jo, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 13, 2019
December 8, 2019: The prophecy of all creation
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Advent, Amy Woolam Echeverria offers a reflection on listening to prophets -- from all of creation -- today:   "In these days of Advent, let us prepare the way for the Incarnation by opening our hearts to the song of trees as prophets.  Let us hear the tree-prophets of today in a way that creates understanding and space for the ache of God’s love and that the sap of life will once again flow through all Creation to bud, bloom, and bear good fruit for all."  Amy Woolam Echeverria serves as the International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Coordinator for Columban Missionaries.  In recent years, she has contributed to the founding of international networks and projects such as the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM), the Catholic Nonviolence Initiative (CNI, a project of Pax Christi International) and the Ecclesial Network for the PanAmazon (REPAM). She has served on several Boards and Steering Committees for national and international organizations and coalitions dedicated to peace, social and environmental justice.      Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12082019 to learn more about Amy, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 6, 2019
December 1, 2019: Finding Hope this Advent
Jeannine Gramick, SL Preaches for the First Sunday of Advent, offering a reflection on where she finds hope -- particularly for the global LGBT community -- this advent: "But isn’t Advent a season of hope? Do I find hope despite this kind of discrimination against LGBT people in Poland and other parts of the world? Yes, I really DO have hope. Many things give me hope for a future of peace, justice, and mercy, but I’ll mention only three..." Jeannine Gramick is a Sister of Loretto, born and raised in Philadelphia, where she was educated in the Catholic school system, where she felt her call to religious life, and where, almost 50 years ago, she began a ministry to lesbian and gay people, which has transformed the Catholic Church in the United States and beyond. In 1977, along with Father Robert Nugent, she established New Ways Ministry, an international Catholic ministry of justice and reconciliation for the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12012019 to learn more about Jeannine Gramick, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 27, 2019
November 24, 2019: Christ the King Sunday
Preaching for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Julia Walsh, FSPA offers a reflection on what it takes to see and live in the Kingdom of God here and now: "The criminal next to Christ shows us how the reign of God can be known and experienced if our gaze is totally on Christ, on the power of God--and not on one’s self.  From a cross, the criminal gained a new perspective and was able to see the truth. He was free to be authentic, to see the big picture, to know the love of God. Following the criminal’s example, let us also see the kingdom of God around us and live like the saints we were made to be!" Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11242019 to learn about Julia Walsh, FSPA, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 22, 2019
November 17, 2019: Unreasonable Hope
On the thirtieth anniversary of the martydom of six Jesuits, their cook, and her 15-year-old daughter in El Salvador, Katie Lacz preaches for the Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on unreasonable hope: "The deaths of martyrs can feel like total loss. Like victories for the powers that be. A reminder of our insignificance in the face of the wars, insurrection, earthquakes, famine, and plagues that Jesus names in the Gospel today. But we are a people of unreasonable hope. Hope that in the final say, the evildoers will be stubble and God’s love will heal like the rays of the sun, as the prophet Malachi writes. Hope that, as the second reading reminds us, how we are in community matters and reflects who we are as Christians. Hope that beyond the violence and chaos in this world – even peeking through it, if you look hard enough – is the reign of God, the upside-down reign where the last are first, the lowly are lifted up, the hungry are fed, and all people are revealed in their fullness as beloved children of God." Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11172019 to learn more about Katie, to read her preaching text or see her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 15, 2019
November 10, 2019: Resisting Empire
Preaching for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo offers a reflection on resisting Empire in our own time and place: "We debase our God-given dignity by giving in to the demands of Empire. And we are therefore faced with the task of ejecting and rejecting that pork, of undoing all that which binds us to the ways and means of Empire and severs us from covenant with the divine, with creation, and with our fellow human beings." Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11102019 to learn about Elizabeth O'Donnell Gandolfo, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 8, 2019
November 3, 2019: Living as God's Beloved in Difficult Times
Preaching for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Yvonne Prowse offers a reflection on living as God's beloved: "As we grapple with climate change, as we look to the struggles throughout our world, as we hear of further violence in our schools and city streets, and carry many other concerns in society and in our personal lives, there is a great deal of anxiety and fear. And there are people, like Zacchaeus, and systems – social, political, cultural systems – that cause or perpetuate violence and suffering, and instill fear, anxiety, resentment, self-defensiveness, and more. And when we’re acting out of those fears, etc, we’re not living as the beloved of God. " Yvonne Prowse, M.A. is a spiritual director at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. She chairs/co-chairs their training programs in spiritual direction; teaches many aspects of spiritual direction and Ignatian spirituality; and supervises other spiritual directors. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11032019 to learn more about Yvonne, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 1, 2019
November 1, 2019: Already here, but still to come
Preaching for All Saints Day, Jessie Bazan offers a reflection which illuminates the Beatitudes today: "Holy people, past and present, bear witness to what WILL happen by living fully into what IS happening." Jessie Bazan is a theologian and writer. She edited and co-authored the book, Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, released in September 2019 with Twenty-Third Publications. Jessie also serves as the program associate for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11012019 to learn more about Jessie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 30, 2019
October 27, 2019: Incarnating God's mercy, love, and justice in the world
Preaching for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Verónica Rayas offers a reflection on how God responds to the cries of the poor: "Through our hands and feet, the steadfast mercy, love, and justice of God is experienced by those most in need today. Isn’t that amazing! God invites us to incarnate that love, mercy, and justice in the world." Verónica Rayas, Ph.D., is the director of the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of El Paso. She holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University in religious education. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10272019 to learn more about Verónica, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 25, 2019
October 20, 2019: On Mission
Preaching for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time -- World Mission Sunday -- Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF offers a reflection that brings World Mission Sunday; the witness of Dorothy Stang, SNDdeN; the Synod on the Pan Amazon Region; and today's readings into conversation:  "They  invite us to do more than see and judge; they require us to act, to make connections and to put into practice what we say we believe..." Margaret Eletta Guider, OSF, is Associate Professor of Missiology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry and department chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10202019 to learn more about Margaret Guider, OSF, to view her video or to read her preaching text and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 18, 2019
October 13, 2019: The Sanctity of All Bodies
Preaching for the Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Shawnee M. Daniels-Skykes offers a reflection on the sanctity of all bodies: "For there is no difference between Jews and Samaritans, disabilities and abilities, men, women, and children, black, brown, and white bodies. Yes, we are all one in Christ Jesus." Shawnee M. Daniels Sykes, PhD is currently a Professor of Theology and Ethics at Mount Mary University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A Registered Nurse by training, Dr. Daniels Sykes received her doctorate from Marquette University in Religious Studies with a specialization in Theological Ethics and a sub-specialization in Bioethics.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10132019 to learn more about Shawnee, read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 11, 2019
October 6, 2019: The Power of Faith
Preaching for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Maryknoll Sister Sia Nyasari Temu offers a reflection on the power of faith:  "Jesus told his disciples if they had faith 'the size of a mustard seed' they could command a mulberry tree to be uprooted and moved to the sea. This is an image Jesus is using to illustrate the power of faith, no matter how small that faith is. He is aware that it is when we believe in something that we are able to realize it. Indeed, Jesus is not talking of a magic way of doing things, rather it is the role faith plays in realizing our vision, dreams, and desires." Sister Sia Nyasari Temu entered the Maryknoll Sisters in 2003. In 2006, she was assigned to the Peace Building Team in Africa, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The focus of this team’s ministry is “Conversations for Social Change,” a program designed to prototype a process to effect social change through personal transformation. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10062019 to learn more about Sia, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
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October 3, 2019
September 29, 2019: Doing nothing is not an option.
Preaching for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Joan Rosenhauer offers a reflection on responding to the enormity of the need around us:  "Even though we know that we can’t all do everything, and we can’t all do the same thing, every one of us can – and must – do something. Christ’s teachings tell us clearly that we all need to identify the 'somethings' we can do to help the Lazaruses in our world." Joan Rosenhauer is the Executive Director of Jesuit Refugee Service/USA. In this role, she leads the organization’s efforts in the U.S. to fulfill its mission to accompany, serve, and advocate for refugees and displaced people. As a member of JRS’s global Senior Leadership Team, she also helps lead JRS’s global operations.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09292019 to learn more about Joan, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 26, 2019
September 22, 2019: A Sabbath for all Creation
Preaching for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marisa Vertrees offers a reflection on living the value of Sabbath: "When we focus too much on consumption and material wealth, we harm ourselves, we harm others, and we harm creation. We focus on the wrong things, letting it pull us away from our relationship with God, and forgetting to step back and set aside time for prayer and for God." Marisa Vertrees was the Organizing Director at the Global Catholic Climate Movement, an organization with volunteer leaders and member organizations in 92 countries, dedicated to engaging the Catholic community and grassroots in living out Pope Francis’ call in Laudato Si’ and halting global climate change.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09222019 to learn more about Marisa, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 20, 2019
September 15, 2018: On restoring what is lost and transforming damaged relationships
Preaching for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy offers a reflection on restorative justice: "The story of the Prodigal Son reminds us that we are all called, in whatever ways reconciliation may be necessary in our lives -- whether we resemble the father, the elder brother, or the prodigal son himself. We are called to take one step, then another, on our journeys to recover what is lost and transform damaged relationships. Reconciling isn’t about forgetting the hurt, it’s about us finding new ways to model God’s boundless mercy." Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy the Executive Director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices. She has a Master in Theology degree from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09152019 to learn more about Krisanne, to view her video or read text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 13, 2019
September 8, 2019: What does it mean to be "all in" as a disciple?
Preaching for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Gina Messina offers a reflection on what it means to be "all in" as a disciple of Jesus: "When Jesus says..that we need to be 'all in,' what does this mean? First, I think we need to be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that being 'all in' is rare - it is challenging and a great risk that many of us are not willing to take. That said, what we can do is wake up every morning and acknowledge our position in the world, our abilities to contribute to positive social change, and do our best to make that happen. We are not always going to be successful; but it is our intention that matters."  Gina Messina is a feminist scholar, Catholic theologian, and activist. Her research and writing gives particular attention to the intersection of gender, religion, and politics. Messina is currently Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio where she formerly served as Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09082019 to learn more about Gina, to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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September 6, 2019
September 1, 2019: Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marie Anne Mayeski offers a reflection on humility: "If we are to be humble after the pattern of Jesus, then, like Him, we must lay aside the garments that social status and worldly privilege dress us in and wash the feet of those who are like us, equal to us, made in the image and likeness of God. We must, in short, wash each other's feet." Marie Anne Mayeski received a Ph.D. in Theology from Fordham University and taught for 30 plus years in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University. Her areas of specialization were New Testament theology, early Christian history and the place and accomplishments of women in Christian history. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/09012019 to learn more about Marie Anne, to see her video or to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 30, 2019
August 25, 2019: Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action "Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself." Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08252019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 23, 2019
August 18, 2019: Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary time, Michelle Becka offers a reflection for a community living with disappointed expectations calling us to decisive action "Being a Christian is not simply a state of mind. It requires a decision – how we want to live as Christians...Whatever we are waiting for, will not happen by itself." Michelle Becka is professor of Christian Social Ethics at the Faculty for Theology of Wuerzburg University, Germany. She is member of the editorial board of Concilium, an international journal for theology, and co-editor of the book series “Ethik und Gesellschaft” ("Ethics and Society") and of the journal of the same name. She is also a member of the international planning committee of Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08252019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 16, 2019
August 15, 2019: Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ offers a reflection on the promise of the day as revealed in the readings:  "Mary too is caught up in this great process of realizing the effects of the resurrection. It’s not a promise of peace during the course of the process; rather, it’s a promise of tension and struggle. We live in time and we touch eternity. " Carolyn Osiek, RSCJ, was professor of New Testament at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago for 26 years, and is professor emerita from Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University. She retired in 2009 to become provincial archivist of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province. She is the author or editor of many books and articles on topics of New Testament and Early Church, and of the early history of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08152019 to learn more about Osiek, to read her view her video and read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 15, 2019
August 11, 2019: Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Nineteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Michelle Pérez offers a reflection on global citizenship in light of gospel values of missionary discipleship and servant leadership: "As I continue to grapple with missionary discipleship and servant leadership in my every day ... I’m going to remember these words, 'and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.'" Michelle Pérez currently serves as the Cultural Commissions Coordinator for the New Jersey De-partment of State and was former Senior Aide to the Governor in the Office of Intergovernmental Af-fairs. She recently completed a Master of Arts at the School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University, concentrating in Post Conflict State Reconstruction and Sustainability and Latin America and the Caribbean. She is an alum of Saint Peter’s University where she pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, as well as secondary fields of study in Anthropology and Philosophy.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08112019 to learn more about Michelle, to view her video and read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 9, 2019
August 4, 2019: Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Meghan Clark offers a reflection on wealth and discipleship: "Luke’s parables about money are ultimately parables about discipleship... The Rich Fool helps us remember that private property is not absolute. The goods of the earth are never really just 'mine' to do with as I please." Meghan J. Clark, Ph.D., is an associate professor of moral theology at St John’s University (NY). She is author of The Vision of Catholic Social Thought: the Virtue of Solidarity and the Praxis of Human Rights (Fortress Press, 2014) and co-editor of Public Theology and the Global Common Good: The Contribution of David Hollenbach (Orbis, 2106), both of which were awarded first place prizes from the Catholic Press Association Book Awards.  Active in public theology, she is a columnist for US Catholic magazine and a contributor to America Magazine and Millennial Journal. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/08042019 to learn more about Dr. Clark, to read her preaching text, view her video and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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August 2, 2019
July 28, 2019: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Judgette Gallares, RC offers a reflection on prayer:   "Jesus is teaching us that prayer is first and foremost a relationship between God and us, a relationship built on love and trust, not on fear."   Sr. Judette Gallares, RC, from the Philippines, is a member of the Religious of the Cenacle, Asia Region. She is currently missioned at the Cenacle in Macau, China S.A.R.  She is a member of the Ecclesia of Women in Asia, a forum of Asian Catholic women theologians and women doing theology in Asia. She is an author of several books and articles on theology, biblical spirituality, religious formation, and consecrated life. Among her books are Images of Faith, Images of Courage, Fire Within, and Journeys of the Heart. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07282019 to learn more about Sr. Judette, to view her video or to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
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July 27, 2019
July 22, 2019: Feast of St. Mary of Magdala
Preaching for the Feast of St. Mary of Magdala (St. Mary Magdalene), Elizabeth Berne DeGear offers a reflection which explores the meaning of the word "migdala," the subjectivity of Mary of Magdala, and our agency today: "Now is a time to celebrate. On this Feast of Saint Mary Magdalene  we can celebrate the power of her experience as good news. She is reminding us that we all have to claim our own experience as the good news. Jesus as rabbouni. 'My' teacher. Your teacher. And we have to go out and live it and preach it and teach it with authority." Elizabeth Berne DeGear is a chaplain, writer, Bible scholar and Catholic feminist. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07222019 to learn more about Elizabeth, to read her text, view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic Women.
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July 22, 2019
July 21, 2019: Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Lupita Vital Cruz preaches for the Sixteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on hospitality: "I invite you to be hospitable by embracing immigrants, embracing those with no voice, embracing our neighbors, and embracing our families and ourselves. " Lupita Vital Cruz is currently the director of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Diocese of San Jose, California. She holds a master's degree in catechesis from the University of Santa Clara and has over 25 years of experience in catechesis. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07212019 to learn more about Lupita, to read her text, to view both her English and Spanish videos, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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July 19, 2019
July 14, 2019: Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Julie George, SSpS offers a reflection on how the parable of the Good Samaritan calls us beyond our traditional boundaries, laws, and rules with a particular emphasis on how the institutional Church might respond faithfully to the parable:  "Jesus taught us to transform the law as per the signs of the time, and to stand in solidarity with the people in need."   Julie George, SSpS who belongs to the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit, is a women’s rights lawyer who has been practicing law for the past 16 years. In 2006, in response to the growing needs of women victims of domestic violence and other forms of discrimination, she established an independent practice, and has since secured justice for hundreds of women in cases of domestic violence, matrimonial issues, sexual abuse, and property rights, among others.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07142019 to learn more about Sr. Julie, to read her preaching text, watch the video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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July 12, 2019
July 7, 2019: Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Emily Rauer Davis offers a reflection on finding strength, comfort, and hope in God our Mother: "In spite of the hardships we face, or creeping feelings of despair, we are invited to recall the love of God as Mother: nurturing us, consoling us, and reassuring us of our place in the world. We are called to be a people of hope as we go about our work as disciples in our broken world, with God’s promise of abundant, gratuitous love as our foundation." Emily Rauer Davis is Assistant Chaplain and Director of Domestic Immersions at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. A 1999 graduate of Holy Cross, she spent a year with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Fresno, CA before receiving her Master of Divinity degree at Weston Jesuit School of Theology. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/07072019 to learn more about Emily, to read her text, view her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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July 5, 2019
June 30, 2019: Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Preaching for the Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elizabeth Turnwald offers a reflection on surrendering to God's personal invitation to discipleship: "We can get so caught up in the preparation that we don’t appreciate the invitation. But the marvelous thing about God, this all-forgiving, all-patient Universal Love, is that even when we don’t answer 'correctly,' she finds a way of repeating herself; and she will continue asking until we’re ready. It’s a cycle, a pattern, and a living relationship. We won’t always get it right the first time, but we will eventually discover that sweet bliss of open surrender." Elizabeth Turnwald is a current Jesuit Volunteer in New York City and is the Retreat Coordinator and Conflict Resolution Program Assistant at the Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding. A graduate of the University of Dayton, she holds a B.A. in Music and in Spanish with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. She will soon pursue a Master of Divinity at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06302019 to learn more about Elizabeth,  to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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June 27, 2019
June 23, 2019: Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ, Rita Ferrone offers a reflection on how "“The Eucharist commits us to the poor:” "Eucharist commits us to the poor, because Jesus chose to identify himself with them, and he tells us again today: 'Give them something to eat.'" Rita Ferrone is an award-winning writer and frequent speaker on issues of liturgy and church renewal in the Roman Catholic tradition. She is currently a contributing writer and columnist for Commonweal magazine, and serves as general editor for The Yale ISM Review, an ecumenical journal of worship and the arts for the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. She is a contributor to the Pray Tell Blog, and writes for the Liturgical Press daily prayer resource, Give Us This Day. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06232019 to learn more about Rita Ferrone, to watch her video or to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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June 21, 2019
June 16, 2019: Trinity Sunday
Preaching for Trinity Sunday, Lynn Cooper offers a reflection on entering more deeply into the mystery of the Trinity:   "My friends, this Trinity Sunday, I invite you to dwell in this reframing of mystery – the forever understanding –and marinate in one or two of these provocations:    How might unity in multiplicity inspire us to be in solidarity with people of other faiths or no faith?  In the spirit of the liturgical year, which calls us to re-encounter our tradition and story in cycles, how have joy and sorrow from your past year redefined your relationship to the Trinity?  How might we use the Trinity as a way to deepen our work for justice, honoring difference and diversity as holy?  And lastly, how might we make space to listen to and carouse with the Spirit, allowing everyday sacramental moments to break open our faith so we may remember, once again—in body and spirit—that God is a verb?"   Lynn Cooper has served as the Catholic Chaplain at Tufts University since 2008. She holds a B.A. from Tufts in Comparative Religion and English, an M.Div from Harvard Divinity School and is currently working on a Doctor of Ministry at Boston University.   To learn more about Lynn, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women, visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06162019.
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June 15, 2019
June 9, 2019: Pentecost Sunday
Boreta Singleton preaches for Pentecost Sunday, offering a reflection on making use of the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, already given to us: "You and I may be surprised-- the same Spirit that urged Jesus to pray and fast in the desert for forty days, the same Spirit that enabled him to heal the sick, the same Spirit that forgave his executioners is present in you." Boreta Singleton is Director of Faculty Formation at St. Peter’s Prep in Jersey City, NJ. She holds an MA in Theology from University of Notre Dame, an MS in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Neumann University and will graduate with a Certificate in Spiritual Direction from Fairfield University on Pentecost Day, 2019.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06192019 to learn more about Boreta, to read her text or watch her video, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
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June 6, 2019
June 2, 2019: Solemnity of the Ascension
Preaching for the Solemnity of the Ascension and from her experience as a mother, Gretchen Crowder offers a reflection on looking outward and forward, not upward or backward, to the see Risen Christ in our midst: "[Jesus]is something completely new. And at this moment, if the disciples fail to recognize this newness, if they dwell on what has passed they might miss so much ahead that is truly special. If they continue to raise their eyes up to Heaven instead of looking forward to the Christ in their midst, they will miss the point." Gretchen Crowder is the Director of Campus Ministry at Jesuit Dallas. She is a regular contributor to the sites IgnatianSpirituality.com and JesuitPrayer.Org and a collection of her writings can be found at gretchencrowder.com. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/06022019 to learn more about Gretchen, or to view her video and read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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May 31, 2019
May 26, 2019: Sixth Sunday of Easter
Hilda Ortiz Mena Preaches for the Sixth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on contributing to the Kingdom of God by creating a culture of reconciliation and encounter: "We cannot solve all of [the world's problems]. But we can dare to open the door and start a life of reconciliation and encounter everywhere we are." Hilda Ortiz Mena is finishing her master's degree in Theology and Contemporary World at the Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA) in Mexico City. Her research is directed at developing ethical responses to inequality, such as gender inequality, and how it is made manifest through migration and ecology. Hilda’s current work considers feeding the hungry and considers how to give in ways that maintain the dignity of people and how to follow models given by Jesus of Nazareth.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05262019 to learn more about Hilda, to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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May 21, 2019
May 19, 2019: Fifth Sunday of Easter
Melinda Brown Donovan preaches for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on discipleship: "As receivers of that redemptive love, we are called to embody the love of Christ: to become a community of healing mercy, kindness, inclusion, compassion, and forgiveness." Melinda holds an MA in Pastoral Ministry, with a concentration in Religious Education, as well as post-graduate certificates in Ecclesial Ministry and Spiritual Formation, all from Boston College.  For ten years she served in various parish ministry positions within the Archdiocese of Boston, and began working for Boston College in 2006.  Currently, she serves the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) as Associate Director for Continuing Education, coordinating a robust roster of on-campus events on current topics of theology and ministry, and working with non-credit online faith enrichment courses for STM Online: Crossroads.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05192019 to learn more about Melinda, read her preaching text, view her preaching video and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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May 17, 2019