Letter to potential collaborators

Dear participants of the Discern|Dream|Scheme workshop, those “Called to conspire.”

I am working to organize regular prayer services during the time of the Pope’s commission on the study of women deacons. Just a time bit of background follows. Pope Francis opened 2020 with a strong call to acknowledge the dignity of women, end violence against them and stop the exploitation of women’s bodies. “Will 2020 be turning point for women at the Vatican?” By Cindy Wooden, Catholic News Service.

You are invited to collaborate on creating a prayer space via online connection….to look for those interested in developing prayers, and to find Prayer Leaders throughout the year…to also find participants who are willing and committed to pray together and celebrate the work that women do in our church.

Our group will need Prayer Creators, Prayer Leaders, Readers, and tech support for zoom and of course Participants! My first step is to identify if you are interested.  I have created a VERY short survey form to gauge your interest: Please click here to complete the survey.  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1DritA4FAu6Oft5N-od4xdyHD-eZOJoO8TflpF39MluQ/edit  There are many possibilities of prayer options to use for the future, but the richest experience will come from the cooperation of many.

In addition to bringing awareness to the Papal Commission, these prayer times will celebrate and show respect for the work that women have done in the past and continue to do on a regular basis in our churches.  The Spirit has gifted us with a time of uprising and we can persist with power! 

We are invited into the mysterious dance of Word becoming flesh…so what has been whispered, we might “speak in the light” and “proclaim on the housetops”!!!

I am a member of a Catholic Social Justice organization that will host a virtual Happy Hour/Prayer Party. Please join the Marianist Social Justice Collaborative (MSJC) Woman’s Justice Issues Team on Wednesday July 22nd  4:30p – 5:30 EST.

We will celebrate the Feast of Mary of Magdala and share stories of women that have guided us throughout our lives. If you would like to enjoy a BEVERAGE, SNACK or other festive symbols, please do so! This is not meant to be a formal prayer!

There is another opportunity hosted by Future Church. We’ll meet again for a more formal prayer time from 7:00p – 8:00 EST.  This celebration consist of a Liturgy of the Word, inspired preaching from Dr. Kim Harris, and a bread-breaking service. Please plan to bring your own bread and wine/grape juice. More information is available at this site: https://www.futurechurch.org/2020-feast-of-saint-mary-of-magdala-celebration

I invite all those who feel called to be Deacons. I ask collaborators to help me to reach Future Church First 100 Women.  We could join with other men and women who support those called. Because of the virus it is not practical this year to meet in person, but technology has allowed us to meet virtually without geographic boundaries. 

After the initial meeting, I hope that all participants will spread the invite to friends and supporters, to pastors and bishops to join in our prayer.  I have some ideas about specific dates; which I would love to share. Ultimately, my motivation is to educate many parishioners, priests, and bishops and to begin dialogues about the topic of women deacons at parish level, as well as the national level (via zoom or other technologies).


-Barbara Belle

One thought on “Letter to potential collaborators

  1. Hi, Barb. I completed the survey and I will reply to your email. Looking forward to scheming together!

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