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Catholic Women Preach

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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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Loving Accompaniment with Mariann McCorkle
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Easter, Mariann McCorkle invites us to consider how we can embody Christ's command to "love":   "Who accompanied you and made an impact on your spiritual life.  Join me in giving thanks for that accompaniment. How then do we embody that love for ourselves and others?"   Mariann McCorkle is Co-Director of the Ignatian Legacy Fellows Program, Loyola University Chicago.  She founded the program in 2018 with John Fontana, Co-Director, to promote a community of learning in a pilgrimage over one year in one’s retirement. Mariann holds a Bachelors and a Masters Degree in English and has taught literature, poetry and spirituality for years.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05152022 to learn more about Mariann, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
03:48
May 13, 2022
Listening for the Good Shepherd with Sr. Jane Nesmith, SBS
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Sr. Jane Nesmith, SBS, offers a reflection on listening for the voice of the Good Shepherd in our world and lives today:    "Our very lives depend on our choosing the option of following the Good Shepherd, and to declare with our lips and our lives that he is indeed the Way, the Truth and the Life. This one and only Good Shepherd calls out to us in our heartbreak and our loneliness.  He calls out to us in our frustration and our guilt. This Good Shepherd brings His love to our lovelessness.  This Good Shepherd brings His power to our powerlessness. This Good Shepherd stands by His promise,  'I give you life eternal and nothing in all creation will ever be able to snatch you out of my hand.'"   Sister Jane Nesmith is a native of Philadelphia, PA, and a 58-year member of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Education with a concentration in Religious Studies and a Certification in Youth Ministry from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, WI. Sister’s previous mission sites included: Rayne, Lake Charles, and New Orleans, LA; Seattle, WA; Evansville, IN; and Jamaica, West Indies. She taught youth of all grade levels, coordinated youth programs, served as a Director of Campus Ministry, Pastoral Associate, Pastoral Life Coordinator, and co-founded a pilot youth ministry program at Xavier University.  She has also served as a founding and board member of the National Black Sisters’ Conference.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05082022 to learn more about Sister Jane, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
13:39
May 06, 2022
To Love with Kelly Meraw
Preaching for the Third Sunday of Easter, Kelly Meraw, reflects on Jesus' final  post-resurrection appearance and what it means for our Church today:   "In his threefold affirmation of love for Jesus, Peter is guided to the most integral mark of an intimate lover of Christ: limitless love and mercy. Peter must be reminded of his need for Christ’s mercy in order to ultimately be the conduit of it. Teaching Peter that ‘to love is to forgive’ is our Lord’s last blueprint entrusted to a Church who is asked to spill divine mercy over a world in desperate need of it. A Church who is asked to confront their own finite love and follow the movement of the Holy Spirit into a radical, unbounded love. An agape love. A love like Christ showed Peter, and a love like Christ has shown us."   Kelly Meraw is the Director of Liturgy, Music, and Pastoral Care for St. John - St. Paul Collaborative (a thriving Catholic Collaborative of two parishes in Wellesley, Massachusetts). In her parishes she leads bible studies, organizes faith sharing circles and social justice initiatives, leads communion, wake and committal services, offers adult faith enrichment programming and shepherds bereavement ministries.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/05012022 to learn more about Kelly, to view her video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:07
April 29, 2022
The Seeker's Path with Maureen Glavin, RSCJ
Maureen Glavin, RSCJ preaches for the Second Sunday of Easter, offering a reflection on seeking and believing:   "On this topic of deep knowing or mature belief, I often think of the founder of my congregation, Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat.  She wrote regularly about the interior life or interior spirit. Her own contemplative practice provided her with the kind of ongoing experiences which allowed her to know what it tasted like, felt like, to be in union with, communion with, in relationship with, touched by and touching, the living Christ.  So, what about us?"   A native of upstate New York, Sr. Maureen Glavin has been a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart for 34 years.  Having recently completed a term serving on the Society’s United States–Canada Province Provincial Team, she has said ‘yes’ to an invitation to live, learn and minister in Indonesia beginning in August of 2022. In addition to teaching math and science in her early years in the Society, Sister Glavin served as Assistant Principal of Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Houston, Texas, and as Director of the Junior High School at Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart in Miami, Florida. Prior to being named to the Provincial Team, she served for 13 years as Head of School at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles, Missouri.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04242022 to learn more about Sr. Maureen, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:46
April 22, 2022
We Need a Resurrection with Kimberly Lymore
Preaching for Easter, Kimberly Lymore encourages us to find resurrection in our own lives:    "Today is a reminder that we are a resurrection people who have the power to resurrect those things in our lives that have been buried. Take off your burial clothes and put on your garment of praise. Scripture tells us that God has turned our mourning into dancing. Today is the day we resurrect our dreams, our faith, our peace, whatever it is we have buried."  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 currently 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/04172022 to learn more about Kimberly, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:52
April 16, 2022
The Promise of the Cross with Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA
Lifting up the experience, faith, and wisdom of her ancestors and elders, Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA preaches for Good Friday:    "Whenever I would ask my grandparents and great-grandparents about their experiences in the Jim Crow south of segregation and the terror of the Ku Klux Klan, their response was 'A burning cross has no power over the Cross of Calvary.' It was their abiding faith and trust in the Blood poured out that day on Calvary that allowed my ancestors and elders the confidence to believe and trust that their help cometh from the Lord."   Valerie D. Lewis-Mosley, OPA is the retired Director of Religious Education at the Church of Christ the King - Jersey City, New Jersey, a historical Black Catholic Parish an Apostolate for Evangelization in the African American community. She now serves in various capacities across the nation as a mentor to youth and adults evangelist, retreat leader and revivalist and public speaker, life coach and Spiritual Director. Catechesis to children and youth and women’s spirituality and empowerment are a major component of her ministry as a pastoral associate. She is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Theology at Caldwell University, Caldwell, New Jersey, and Xavier University of Louisiana Institute for Black Catholic Studies. Valerie is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. She holds multiple advanced degrees in nursing, law, and theology, including a Doctor of Ministry from Drew Theological School in Madison, NJ.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04152022 to learn more about Valerie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:59
April 15, 2022
Setting a Welcome Table with Dr. Kim R. Harris
Remembering the lunch counter sit-ins of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Kim Harris preaches for Holy Thursday, offering a reflection on creating a welcome table:   "Are we looking and bending down, to wash the feet of a neighbor? Or even allowing our own feet to be washed in the ritual…? While feeling other than, feeling above or even feeling disdain for those who are in deep need. Unhoused, underfed, unremembered? Do we see, as we look at our table not only who is there, but who is not there? Who is not invited? Who is invited but cannot gain access?"   Kim R. Harris is Assistant Professor of African American Thought and Practice in the Department of Theological Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles. She holds a Ph.D. in Worship and the Arts from Union Theological Seminary, New York City. Dr. Harris is a member of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium and the North American Academy of Liturgy. While pursuing her Ph.D., she composed Welcome Table: A Mass of Spirituals. Welcome Table is a featured complete Mass setting in the second edition of the Black Catholic hymnal, Lead Me Guide Me and the Gather Hymnal 4th Edition (GIA Publications Inc.). Her current research concerns Black Catholic liturgy in a time of changing parish demographics and consolidations, as well as the need to diversify available liturgical resources for worship.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04142022 to learn more about Dr. Harris, to watch her preaching video or read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:10
April 14, 2022
Stubborn Hope with Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D.
Preaching for Palm Sunday, Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D., offers a reflection on "stubborn hope":   "And so – we are called out of ourselves to take this road with Jesus – to take up the gift of the reign of God we are called to bring, while knowing that there will be murderous opposition to that gift.  As we step out of our comfort into the starkness of what is real, we transcend fear to see clearly that we must continue on to Jerusalem because that is where change happens.  This Holy Week we sit with Jesus in the underground cistern, where he was likely kept overnight as he awaited trial and try to fathom how it is that he continued to love and work for love in spite of so much evidence that he should just give up.  Humanity must have broken his heart.  They were hopeless, mired in their own self-preservation, and yet, there were those women, his mother, the Magdalene, the others. Fearless they pushed on, wanting him to see them, to know their nearness.  Like in so many of the stories of his Jewish community, they enacted God’s reign, the few who made visible God’s love, showing that humanity was not without hope."   Cecilia González-Andrieu, Ph.D., is professor of Theology and Theological Aesthetics at Loyola Marymount University.  Her work explores systematic theology, theological aesthetics, and political theology from the particularity of the Latinx experience.  She is the author of Bridge to Wonder: Art as a Gospel of Beauty and co-editor of Teaching Global Theologies: Power and Praxis.  A scholar-activist Dr. González-Andrieu speaks and marches with those who thirst for the liberative power of theological thought in a number of interlaced areas of inquiry.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04102022 to learn more about Cecilia, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
08:43
April 08, 2022
Shaming power and privilege - not people with Teresa Delgado, Ph.D.
Preaching for the Fifth Sunday of Lent, Teresa Delgado, Ph.D., redirects our attention toward the systems, powers, and structures that use that use vulnerable people for their own benefit:    "How is it scandalous to say that Jesus enacts no punishment, no condemnation, for an 'adulterous' woman, that he just lets her go; yet not scandalous that the religious power structures of the time could have accused an innocent person, condemning her to death, just to prove a point?What responsibility do we have in undoing the systems and structures that make it all too easy to drag a vulnerable person to the middle of the square to be stoned for all to see and participate?...As we journey through these final days of Lent, I pray we have not become so desensitized to the harm done by powers and privilege, because we are so much more focused on shaming the 'sinner' rather than dismantling the structures that make such shaming all too easy."   Teresa Delgado is Director of the Peace and Justice Studies Program and Professor and Chairperson of the Religious Studies Department at Iona College (New Rochelle, NY). She received her doctorate from Union Theological Seminary in New York City, under the guidance of the trailblazing womanist theologian Dr. Delores S. Williams. She has published on topics ranging from diversity in higher education, transformational pedagogies, constructive theology and ethics, and justice for racially, ethnically and sexually minoritized persons.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/04032022 to learn more about Dr. Delgado, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
09:55
April 01, 2022
Re-entry and Reconciliation with Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo, FSJ
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo, FSJ offers a reflection on reconciliation and re-entry:   "Today’s readings announce the good news of acceptance where all, irrespective of their dispositions are eligible to a warm re-entry.  During this Lenten period, eligibility to God’s mercy is more emphasized as the Church draws its faithful to the penitential nature of the season, to the Sacrament of reconciliation, to renewal, penance and hope. It’s an invitation by the merciful Father to an act of sincere contrition. A decisive moment to review our conscience and return to the boundless sea of God’s love and mercy."   Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph-Kenya currently residing in Perry, New York. She is an educator who has taught for several years. She also advances advocacy for peace and justice both theoretically and pragmatically. Her advocacy in the field of peacebuilding is inspired by the values of the Catholic Social Teachings and those of St Francis of Assisi. A post-doctoral researcher at Boston College, she has a PhD in Diplomacy, Peace and International Relations. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03272022 to learn more about Sr. Anne, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
06:20
March 25, 2022
Re-entry and Reconciliation with Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo, FSJ
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Lent, Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo, FSJ offers a reflection on reconciliation and re-entry:   "Today’s readings announce the good news of acceptance where all, irrespective of their dispositions are eligible to a warm re-entry.  During this Lenten period, eligibility to God’s mercy is more emphasized as the Church draws its faithful to the penitential nature of the season, to the Sacrament of reconciliation, to renewal, penance and hope. It’s an invitation by the merciful Father to an act of sincere contrition. A decisive moment to review our conscience and return to the boundless sea of God’s love and mercy."   Sr. Anne Celestine Ondigo is a member of the Franciscan Sisters of St Joseph-Kenya currently residing in Perry, New York. She is an educator who has taught for several years. She also advances advocacy for peace and justice both theoretically and pragmatically. Her advocacy in the field of peacebuilding is inspired by the values of the Catholic Social Teachings and those of St Francis of Assisi. A post-doctoral researcher at Boston College, she has a PhD in Diplomacy, Peace and International Relations.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03272022 to learn more about Sr. Anne, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:20
March 25, 2022
We need to finish the story with Jaime L. Waters
Jaime L. Waters preaches for the Third Sunday of Lent, offering a reflection on repentance:   "Repentance allows us to turn our attention to aspects of ourselves and our lives that need more care and correction. The gardener acknowledges the ways that the tree has failed and commits to cultivating the earth and adding nutrients to nourish the tree and help it grow. The gardener asks for time, recognizing that renewal might not happen overnight. Then, the parable simply ends unresolved which I think is very fitting. The missing resolution and the lack of conclusion might signal that we need to finish the story. We have the opportunity to give time and care to nourish ourselves (and others too), and the results hopefully will be very positive! Today’s Gospel reminds us to be intentional about our spiritual growth and development, turning away from sin and turning towards God, so that we, too, may bear fruit."   Jaime L. Waters teaches Scripture at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. She is associate professor of Catholic Studies and the author of Threshing Floors in Ancient Israel: Their Ritual and Symbolic Significance (Fortress Press, 2015) and the forthcoming book What Does the Bible Say About Animals? (New City Press, 2022). Waters is also a contributor at America: The Jesuit Review of Faith & Culture. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University, M.A. from Yale University, and B.A. from Boston College.  Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03202022 to learn more about Jaime Waters, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:36
March 18, 2022
On Longing and Doubt with Vivian Cabrera
Preaching for the Second Sunday of Lent, Vivian Cabrera reflects on the dynamic between longing and doubt:   "Our hearts can tell us what our minds can’t comprehend. They urge us to stay. As we enter Lent this year, let us sit in the certainty of what our hearts tell us, these hearts that were created by God, for God. Let us cry out what the psalmist says: ‘Hear, O Lord, the sound of my call; have pity on me and answer me. Of you my heart speaks, you my glance seeks.’ It’s up to us to stay and wait…long enough to let the Lord show up and speak."   Vivian Cabrera is a writer and editor in New York. She attends the Graduate School of Social Service at Fordham University. Prior to her graduate work, Vivian worked at America Media as the assistant editor for digital media. Vivian’s writing has been featured in America, the National Catholic Reporter, and FemCatholic, and she contributed an essay to the book Interrupted Presence: Eleven Stories of Finding God in Times of Trouble.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03132022 to learn more about Vivian, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
05:33
March 11, 2022
When bread alone is not enough with Melissa Cedillo
Preaching for the First Sunday of Lent, Melissa Cedillo reflects on inviting God into our work for justice:   "As Lent begins, let us remember that we cannot survive on bread alone. Just as we cannot produce all the food we need for a happy and full life on our own. Let us remember to lean on Jesus in our most justice filled fights and in our moments of weakness...Where do we seek nourishment from when bread alone is not enough? How are we inviting God into our fight for justice?"   Melissa Cedillo was born and raised in California's Coachella Valley. She attended Loyola Marymount University (LMU) in Los Angeles where she earned a BA in Theological Studies. After college, Melissa spent time in Washington DC as a campaign associate for Faith in Public Life working to defend the integrity of the 2020 Census. Melissa then went on to complete an MTS at Harvard Divinity School where she studied religion, ethics, and politics through a public policy lens. Melissa currently works at the National Catholic Reporter as the Latino Catholics Fellow. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03062022 to learn more about Melissa, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
03:48
March 04, 2022
Intentional Lent with Sr. Cora Marie Billings
Preaching for Ash Wednesday, Sr. Cora Marie Billings invites us to live each day of Lent intentionally:    "We know the scriptures also tell us that today is the day of salvation. So today - each day of Lent - as I go through it, I will focus on one thing that day. And the scriptures say a lot about almsgiving. For me, almsgiving is giving every part of my body - my voice, my heart, my lips, my ears. So each day of Lent, I will focus on giving one blessing, one grace that God has given me for that day."   Sister Cora Marie Billings has been a member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas for 65 years.  During that time she has  been a Teacher, a Campus Minister and an Administrator.  She is one of the Founding Members of the National Black Sisters’ Conference.   Since 1968 she has been an advocate for human rights and anti-racism. As such she has done presentations around the nation.  At present she considers herself a Community Volunteer.     Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/03022022 to learn more, to read Sr. Cora Marie's text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:54
March 02, 2022
Rooted in Love with Jennifer Theby Quinn
Preaching for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jennifer Theby-Quinn offers a reflection on being rooted in Jesus' radical, boundless love:   "That’s what the firm foundation looks like: a tree, with roots reaching deep to her source, who stays near the water that gives her life, a person unafraid of vulnerability, unafraid of being wrong, because I am deeply, deeply rooted in the radical and boundless love of Jesus. This is the tree Jesus mentions at the end of today’s reading: the tree known by her fruit. I’d so much rather be a healthy fruit tree than a 2x4."   Jennifer Theby-Quinn is a professional actor, vocalist, educator, and campus minister. Jen believes in the power of story-telling to shift perspectives and explore questions. She currently serves as a Campus Minister focusing on the Graduate Student/Young Adult Community and Women’s Community at The Catholic Student Center at Washington University in Saint Louis, Missouri. Jen also heads Upper Room, an undergraduate spiritual and theological formation program she had a hand in creating.  Based in Saint Louis, Missouri, Jen performs regionally in everything from contemporary drama to musical theatre to long form improv. Jen lives with her Beloved husband and two snuggly pups.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02272022 to learn more about Jennifer, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:45
February 25, 2022
Look, a spear! With Deborah Wilhelm
Preaching for the Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (February 20, 2022), Deborah Wilhelm offers a reflection on pausing before springing to action:   "That pause for conversation is a gift; it only takes place because everyone’s asleep--and as the text says, that deep sleep is the work of the Lord. This conversation is in that liminal space, neither here nor there, in which decisions are made and carried out, and lives are changed. Because at some point in our lives, we're all going to be Saul--broken, vulnerable, and nevertheless anointed by God."   Deborah Wilhelm, DMin, is Adjunct Professor of Preaching and Evangelization at the Aquinas Institute of Theology, where she also co-directs the Delaplane Preaching Initiative; in addition, she lectures in practical theology at Loyola University New Orleans. She is co-author, with Bishop Sylvester Ryan, of Preaching Matters: A Praxis for Preachers, and co-author of the upcoming 2023 Year A edition of Living the Word.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02202022 to learn more about Deborah or to read her preaching text and for more preaching from Catholic women.
04:26
February 18, 2022
Beyond the Polarity with Bridget Bears, RSCJ
Bridget Bearss, RSCJ preaches for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection that invites us to move beyond polarity:   "We live in a divided world and we are the instruments of the heart of God, who choose to build bridges of relationship in places, structures, attitudes and experiences of difference. We do not remain in the polarity, but live from the unity of knowing that we – each one of us – has the possibility of prophet or persecutor."   Bridget Bearss, RSCJ is an educator, artist-writer, activist for the Beatitudes, and facilitator of processes to build and strengthen the experience of communities of dialogue, justice and hope. She is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province, currently serving as Executive Director of a work of her congregation, Stuart Center for Mission.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02132022 to learn more about Bridget, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:19
February 11, 2022
Beyond the Polarity with Bridget Bearss, RSCJ
Bridget Bearss, RSCJ preaches for the Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection that invites us to move beyond polarity:   "We live in a divided world and we are the instruments of the heart of God, who choose to build bridges of relationship in places, structures, attitudes and experiences of difference. We do not remain in the polarity, but live from the unity of knowing that we – each one of us – has the possibility of prophet or persecutor."   Bridget Bearss, RSCJ is an educator, artist-writer, activist for the Beatitudes, and facilitator of processes to build and strengthen the experience of communities of dialogue, justice and hope. She is a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province, currently serving as Executive Director of a work of her congregation, Stuart Center for Mission.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02132022 to learn more about Bridget, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:19
February 11, 2022
Being Worthy with Colleen Dulle
Colleen Dulle Preaches for the Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on the ongoing nature of conversion:   "Each of the conversion stories we heard today were preceded by doubt and a sense of unworthiness...Each of these people, all towering figures in salvation history, need a word of encouragement to overcome their hesitancy and begin their work. So here’s a last question to reflect on: If we are to be Christ to one another, what can we do to encourage and empower the prophets of our day to speak, or the saints of our day to minister?"   Colleen Dulle is a multimedia journalist covering Catholic and Vatican news. In her current position as Associate Editor at America Media, Colleen writes and edits Vatican news and analysis pieces, along with hosting and producing the weekly news podcast Inside the Vatican. She creates Vatican explainer videos for America Media’s YouTube channel and contributes to Sacred Heart University’s “Go, Rebuild My House” blog.  Her forthcoming biography of the French author, social worker and mystic Madeleine Delbrêl will be published by Liturgical Press.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/02062022 to learn more about Colleen, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:02
February 04, 2022
January 30, 2022: On love and belonging with Flora x. Tang
Flora x. Tang preaches for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, offering a reflection on loving and belonging:   "At the end of our gospel reading, Jesus passed through the midst of the people and went away. In walking away, he began his ministry, found his new family in his disciples and friends: friends who gave him room to proclaim the gospel, friends who do not underestimate him or reject him for who he is. We learn from Jesus’ leaving Nazareth that in situations where we are not accepted at all and are experiencing harm, that it is okay to set boundaries, walk away, and find new communities of belonging."    Flora x. Tang is a doctoral student in theology and peace studies at the University of Notre Dame, where she writes and researches about post-traumatic sacramental theology, queer theology, and literature of the Asian diaspora. Flora has previously worked as a hospital chaplain, a campus ministry fellow, and a service-learning program coordinator for college students. Her writings appear in the National Catholic Reporter and America Magazine, and her book of poetry is published in Mandarin Chinese. She is originally from Beijing, China. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01302022 to learn more about Flora, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women. 
06:02
January 28, 2022
January 23, 2022: Ending Human Trafficking with Jennifer Reyes Lay
Jennifer Reyes Lay Preaches for the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, bringing the readings into conversation with her work to end human trafficking:    "Go, and be the Body of Christ in the world, proclaiming Good News to the poor and the vulnerable, liberating those held captive and oppressed through human trafficking, and opening the eyes and hearts of those who would rather not see this wound that is harming our collective body and wellbeing."   Jennifer Reyes Lay is the first Executive Director of U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT). Jennifer has a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary, and an honors B.A. in Theology and International Studies from St. Louis University.  She currently lives in St. Louis, MO with her husband Roger and their dog Bella where she enjoys spending time outdoors, gardening, singing, dancing, reading, and writing.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01232022 to learn more about Jennifer, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
06:40
January 21, 2022
January 16, 2022: Prayer for the Missing Instruments with Paige Byrne Shortal
Preaching for the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Paige Byrne Shortal offers a reflection on God's abundance and revisits her "Prayer for the Missing Instruments":   "Like the overflowing abundance of wine at Cana,   there is an abundance of gifts, of voices, of vocations.   The poverty we live with is not necessary,   and I dare say, is not from God.       Pray for the Masters of the Hall.   Pray for the voices that are silenced.   Pray for the people who are permitted to hear only     a part of the great music written for them.    Pray for all of us."   Paige Byrne Shortal is enjoying semi-retirement after forty years in pastoral ministry for two parishes and assisting various organizations with their regional and national worship services. She holds a BA in Theology from Saint Louis University and an MA in Pastoral Studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, She has written for various Catholic publications, including the National Catholic Reporter, Liguorian, Ministry & Liturgy, and National Pastoral Music.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01162022 to learn more about Paige, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:26
January 14, 2022
January 9, 2022: God's Beloved Children with Mariángel Marco Teja
Preaching for the Feast of the Baptism of Jesus, Mariángel Marco Teja offers a reflection on living into our identities as beloved children of God:    "Celebrating the baptism of Jesus is a good opportunity to renew our own baptism, to listen again in the intimacy of our hearts, until it is engraved in fire in our hearts: 'You are my beloved daughter/son'; and to know that we are sent like Jesus to proclaim God's love and to practice justice. We are all beloved sons and daughters of God, missionaries on the move."   Mariángel Marco Teja was born in Asturias, Spain. She is sister of the Congregation Ursulines of Jesus. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography and History from the University of Oviedo, Spain. She has always been linked to the world of human rights, in some stages at professional level and in others as voluntary. The six years prior to coming to Canada in April 2019, she lived as a missionary in Ecuador, where she worked with REPAM (Pan-Amazonic Ecclesial Network), whose collaborative ties she maintains to this day. She is eager reader with a constant desire to learn.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org.preaching/01092022 to learn more about Mariángel, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
07:29
January 07, 2022
January 2, 2022: The Magi and Today's Seekers with Genie Natividad, MM
Preaching for the Feast of the Epiphany, Genie Natividad, MM offers a reflection on today's standing with seekers and refugees:    "To stay in their homes and in their own land, therefore, is not an option. They must leave. But where?...Like the Magi who follow the star, the asylum seekers too must follow their own star hovering over them, trusting, believing, and moving forward and onward to what is life-giving. They must choose life, not death. They rise and go meet the One who comes, Jesus the Christ who gives them life."   Sister Genie Natividad, born and raised in rural Philippines, is a Maryknoll Sister. Her most recent mission was in 2021, when she responded to the call for volunteers at the U.S. Mexico border providing aid to migrants. Genie was recently elected to serve in her congregation’s leadership team for the next six years.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01022022 to learn more about Genie, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 31, 2021
January 1, 2022: Mary as Contemplative in Action with Anne Arabome, SSS
Anne Arabome, SSS preaches for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God:   "As I see it, Mary’s contemplative posture teaches us that the quality of our presence to one another, the depth of prayer in which we hold one another, and the expanse of our love for others can be life-giving beyond words and healing beyond all remedies, especially at times of anxieties and worries, loss and pain, uncertainty and despair, such as we have experienced during the pandemic. Her contemplative poise draws us into the loving embrace of the Divine, who loves and enfolds us in Christ. Her contemplative openness reveals God’s desire to touch and transform our lives with God’s light. Not only is Mary a missionary disciple, an apostle of joy, she is – to use a phrase from St. Ignatius of Loyola – a contemplative in action."   Anne Arabome is a member of the Sisters of Social Service in Los Angeles, California. She is presently the Associate Director of the Faber Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, which provides faculty and staff with support and guidance in leading a reflective life. Of Nigerian parentage and origin, she is a naturalized US citizen and holds a PhD in Systematic Theology from the University of Roehampton in London, UK and a Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality from the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Illinois.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/01012022 to learn more about Anne, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 31, 2021
December 26, 2021: Complicated People and Complicated Relationships with Emily Garvey
Preaching for the Feast of the Holy Family, Emily Garvey offers a reflection on complicated people and complicated relationships:   "Today celebrates Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, complicated people who behaved in complicated ways. But they loved God, they loved one another, and they loved others. Their humanity probably leaked out in some messy ways. But they kept trying - they kept putting on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. They bore one another and forgave each other."   Emily Garvey currently works for the University of Notre Dame in a program that brings together a summer long justice learning immersion for undergraduates with tenets of Catholic Social Teaching. She is a lifelong Catholic and a mother to two sons, one of whom is transgender. Since 2015, Emily has engaged in respectful dialogue, in public and in private, about Catholicism and gender diversity. She holds Master’s degree in Systematic Theology from the University of Notre Dame.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12262021 to learn more about Emily, to watch her video or to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 26, 2021
December 25, 2021: Christmas with Ann M. Garrido
Ann M. Garrido Preaches for Christmas:   "And Christmas and Easter are two sides of the same coin.  Both tell us that there is nothing—nothing—that is human that God is not willing to enter into in solidarity with us. Neither conception and birth, nor life and death.  None of this is foreign to our God.   Yes, Christmas and Easter are two sides of the same coin: the coin with which our salvation is paid."   Ann Garrido is associate professor of homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, MO.  While her first passion is teaching, Garrido has also served the school in a number of administrative roles including (at varying points in time) as Director of the Doctorate of Ministry in Preaching, Director of MAPS Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Director of Field Education, Director of Distance Learning, and Director of the Aquinas Ministry Integration Project. Most recently, Garrido served as the Marten Fellow in Preaching at the University of Notre Dame.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12252021 to learn more about Ann, to watch her video or read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 24, 2021
December 19, 2021: Mary & Elizabeth - A History-making Relationship with Dr. Nontando Hadebe
Preaching for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Dr. Nontando Hadebe offers a reflection on the history-making relationship between Mary and Elizabeth and its power for women today:   "There was another power operating in the most unlikely place - that is in the lives of these two women from an oppressed nation who had no significance, status or power. The two women had no male presence or authority to mediate their experiences for them; they were left on their own to make sense of the extraordinary events that were happening in their lives. Left to themselves, they discovered their power borne out of their relationship with God and with each other to face with courage, resilience and faith the uncertain future that lay ahead of them."   Dr. Nontando Hadebe is a lay woman theologian and International Coordinator for Side by Side, a faith movement for gender justice. She was previously senior lecturer at St. Augustine College of South Africa. A member of the Circle of Concerned African Women Theologians, she is passionate about gender equality, Africanization, and social justice.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12192021 to learn more about Nontando, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 17, 2021
December 12, 2021: Fiesta as resistance with Carmen Nanko-Fernández
Carmen Nanko-Fernández offers a reflection on the intersection of the readings for the Third Sunday of Advent and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe:   "We need to remember that today is a day of rejoicing, of fiesta—a time to affirm the gift of life, no matter how fragile; a time to confirm that we are indeed accompanied by the divine. Fiestas are not escapes from daily misery, but necessary acts of resistance to suffering, acts of re-membering and restoration en lo cotidiano (in the everyday). Fiestas are responses of gratitude for the God que nos acompaña (who accompanies us) and rejoicing for the protections offered us wrapped in the embrace of maternal arms."   A self-described Hurban@́ (Hispanic and urban) theologian, Carmen is Professor of Hispanic Theology and Ministry, and the director of the Hispanic Theology and Ministry Program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, USA. Carmen created Theology en la Plaza column for the National Catholic Reporter. Some of her recent essays are available there as well as in Commonweal. She is also the founding co-editor of the multivolume series Disruptive Cartographers: Doing Theology Latinamente  (Orbis).   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12122021 to learn more about Carmen, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 10, 2021
December 8, 2021: The mothers of life - human and divine with Catherine Mooney, Ph.D.
Catherine Mooney, Ph.D., preaches for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary:    "Mary”s Magnificat foretells of a magnificent future already happening. It is being borne into our Fallen world by every person who, like Christ, lives in solidarity with the outcasts and fights for a world of love and justice."   Catherine Mooney teaches church history and the history of Christian spirituality at Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry.  She has a Master’s in Theological Studies (M.T.S.) from Harvard Divinity School, and an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in  medieval history from Yale University.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/12082021 to learn more about Dr. Mooney, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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December 08, 2021
November 28, 2021: Staying awake even when you're tired with Crista Carrick Mahoney
Preaching for the First Sunday of Advent, Crista Carrick Mahoney offers a reflection on “staying awake,” even when we’re already tired:   “We’ve been on high alert for nearly two years, so sometimes these Advent reminders to stay awake, pay attention, be ready, only feed the weariness.  It’s ok to feel tired!  In that barely awake state, in those moments when we feel more anxious, less patient, or we are just having an 'off day', we can still meet the world with love and compassion, because we, too, are being met as we are by a God who fulfills promises out of love and fidelity.  Even in our tiredness, we can meet the world as it is with a posture of openness that will help wake us up and participate in the hope, peace, joy and love of this holy season of preparation.”   Crista Mahoney earned her Master of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.  Her professional ministry began in campus ministry at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, then as the Catholic Chaplain on a multi-faith team at Babson College in Wellesley, MA, before returning to her alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross, to work with students on retreats and women’s faith sharing groups. Crista also coordinates and edits the Return To Me: Lenten Reflection Series at Holy Cross.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11282021 to learn more about Crista, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 26, 2021
November 21, 2021: The inter-religious Reign of God with Jordan Denari Duffner
Preaching for the Solemnity of Christ the King, Jordan Denari Duffner offers a reflection on experiencing and enacting the Reign of God - even in unexpected places:   "God’s reign is not only something that we look forward to at the end of time, nor is it simply a realm that we will someday reach. It is also something that we can experience here, even if only in glimpses, and that we can work to build now. We experience the kingdom whenever we choose to live as if the justice, peace, and love of God’s reign are already present. Whenever we love our neighbor, give of ourselves to honor their dignity, or put ourselves on the line for their sake, we enact the kingdom. It may not be present in its fullness, and we may not see the fruits of our labor, but this experience of the kingdom is very real nonetheless."   Jordan Denari Duffner is an author, educator, and scholar of Muslim-Christian relations, interreligious dialogue, and Islamophobia. Her books are Finding Jesus among Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me a Better Catholic (2017) and Islamophobia: What Christians Should Know (and Do) about Anti-Muslim Discrimination (2021). Ms. Duffner is currently pursuing a PhD in Theological and Religious Studies at Georgetown University. A former Fulbright scholar in Amman, Jordan, she is also an associate of the Bridge Initiative, where she previously worked as a research fellow. She currently teaches an undergraduate introduction to Islam course at Georgetown.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11212021 to learn more about Jordan, to view her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 19, 2021
November 14, 2021: Stand by Me with Sr. Christa Parra, IBVM
Preaching for the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Christa Parra, IBVM offers a reflection on accompanying each other - and especially asylum seekers - through terrifying times:   "Life is not as terrifying when we know that we are not alone.  The Psalm today is similar to the song Stand By Me as it emphasizes that with God at my right hand, I will not be disturbed.  My heart, body, and soul are confident because God does not abandon me.  These words resonate with the stories from our families seeking asylum.  There is a deep trust in God’s constant presence and faith that God will continue to lead us on the path of life.  We are God’s beloved ones, God’s darlins’, called to 'stand by' one another knowing that God always 'stands by' us."   Sister Christa Parra, IBVM is part of an inter congregational and intercultural community in El Paso, Texas where she loves and serves God's beloved people at the U.S./Mexico border. A third-generation Mexican American, she earned her Master of Divinity and a certificate in Hispanic Theology and Ministry at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She professed final vows with the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 2016.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11142021 to learn more about Sr. Christa, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 12, 2021
November 7, 2021: We All Belong with Phyllis Nagano
Preaching for the Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Phyllis Zagano offers a reflection on belonging in the Church:   "The Church, our Church, your Church, has leaders, rules, and boundaries. You are part of the people of God, and so am I. The difference with Church, I think, is that the leaders must continually learn from the others. Hierarchy—and all clerics are part of the hierarchy—hierarchy cannot cut itself off from the rest of people of God. Hierarchy, from me to the bishop to the pope, is part of the people of God. And saying hierarchy as part of the people of God is not just another way of controlling the Church. It means we all belong."   Dr. Phyllis Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar who has lectured throughout the United States, and in Canada, Europe, and Australia. Her many awards include the 2014 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice from The Paulist Center Community in Boston for “her prolific body of work that has constantly echoed the cry of the poorest of our society for dignity and for justice both inside and outside the church....specifically the dignity of all women.” Her groundbreaking work on women in the diaconate led to her appointment to the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women in 2016. She has taught at Fordham, Boston, and Yale Universities, and currently holds a research appointment at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11072021 to learn more about Zagano, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 05, 2021
November 1, 2021: On holiness with Yunuen Trijillo
Preaching for the Solemnity of All Saints, Yunuen Trujillo offers a reflection on the Beatitudes and shifting our notions of holiness:  "How can we know the saints fully, if we don’t recognize those saints who are unknown, who come from sections of the population we consider 'less than.' We are called to be a Church of encounter, a Church of accompaniment, and listening Church. As we begin our journey in the Synod on Synodality I encourage you to ask yourself, what are the walls that I have built around my version of God? What are the limitations I have given to sainthood? ... Start listening to the stories of people who are different than you and ask God to guide you onn a journey of discernment about the unknown."  Yunuen Trujillo is a Catholic lay minister, a faith-based Community Organizer, and an Immigration Attorney. She is the founder of the Instagram @lgbtcatholics, an online platform of resources for Catholic LGBT Ministry and she is the Religious Formation Coordinator (Sp) for the Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She is the author of the upcoming book LGBT Catholics: A Guide for Inclusive Ministry, which is being published in Spring 2022 by Paulist Press.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/11012021 to learn more about Yunuen, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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November 01, 2021
October 31, 2021: Loving one another with Simone Campbell, SSS
Preaching for the Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Simone Campbell, SSS offers a reflection on the Greatest Commandment:   "So let us this week embody the care and community that I experienced in Texas by the end of our gathering. Let us have space for those who disagree and find our connections before the Divine together in a love that overflows all bounds. Then may we be marked by love...let us make manifest that we do in deed care for those who differ. Let us remember to love our neighbors as ourselves for this indeed is the reign of God."  Sister Simone Campbell (a Roman Catholic Sister of Social Service) is a religious leader, attorney, and author with extensive experience in public policy and advocacy for systemic change. For almost 17 years she was the executive director of NETWORK, Lobby for Catholic Social Justice and leader of Nuns on the Bus.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10312021 to learn more about Sr. Simone, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 28, 2021
October 24, 2021: In Their Midst: Disability, Inclusion, and Access with Allison Connelly-Vetter
Preaching for the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Allison Connelly-Vetter offers a reflection on disability, consent, inclusion, and access:   "Those of us who are disabled, those of us who have long known these truths in our bones and synapses, can find in these readings divine validation and affirmation of our naturalness, worthiness, and on-purpose-created-ness. And all of us, abled and disabled alike, can find in these texts a moral and spiritual imperative for disability justice. Our sacred texts both create and reflect the world as we know it, and today, our texts remind us of our new and ancient call to be in right relationship with disabled people and all God’s creation."   Allison Connelly-Vetter (she/her) received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. While in graduate school she studied interdisciplinary approaches to disability theology and Madness and wrote a capstone thesis on Christian ableism and restorative justice. Allison regularly preaches and offers presentations and workshops for churches and religious congregations across the country on topics such as disability theology, queer Christianity, and theological grounding for social justice.    Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10242021 to learn more about Allison, to read her preaching text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 22, 2021
October 17, 2021: On liberation with Jocelyn A. Sideco
Preaching for the Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jocelyn A. Sideco offers a reflection on liberation:   "We know the world is far from perfect or ideal. AND we know that Jesus’ teachings, Jesus’ example, Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection give us an opportunity to live in a way that is most liberatory, most free, most loving.  To live and to love is not to subjugate yourself under the weight of the cross. To live and to love is not to subjugate yourself to 'it’ll get better later' of suffer now, experience peace in heaven 'later' mentality."   Jocelyn is a Catholic-Episcopal minister with a background in training leaders in deepening their cultural competency, educating to enhance diversity and multicultural awareness, and building a skill set of social justice practices that promote the dignity of each person and the common good. She is currently both the Pastoral Associate at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Burlingame, CA and Associate Executive Director at Catholic Volunteer Network. She holds a Masters in Theological Studies from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley and lives with her spouse and two daughters in Burlingame, CA.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10172021 to learn more about Jocelyn, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 15, 2021
October 3, 2021: It is not good for us to be alone with Sarah Attwood Otto
Preaching for the Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sarah Attwood Otto offers a reflection on welcoming others:   "Today’s readings make clear that our joy, as well as our salvation, is to be found in welcoming and being in relationship with each other...There is no path to God that we can take independently of our spouse, our children, or our neighbor – the Word made flesh in those around us."   Sarah Attwood Otto is a retreat director and spiritual director at Ignatius House Jesuit Retreat Center in Atlanta, GA. Prior to retreat ministry, Sarah worked in college campus ministry at Providence College and directed the Newman Catholic Center in Chico, CA. She earned her Master of Divinity from Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.   Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org/preaching/10032021 to learn more about Sarah, to read her text, and for more preaching from Catholic women.
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October 01, 2021