co-conspirators and workshop catalysts

A word from Casey & Luke

We were introduced by a mutual friend, Michael Rossmann, S.J., and quickly found depths of energy and shared vision for the renewal of the church through the restoration of women to the order of deacons. We’ve spent the last two years learning, dreaming and scheming about ways to foster the dialogue within the church and witness to the work we believe the Holy Spirit is doing to renew the church.

We hope to be part of inviting the institutional Church into an ever more fully realized ecclesiology that is radically inclusive, faithful to the Gospel, centered on Jesus, and deeply engaged with the tradition.

We are both shaped by the Catholic Worker movement, ecumenical dialogue and relationships, Ignatian Spirituality and practices of discernment, feminism, broad-based organizing, and experiences in prison ministry.


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. She hopes to be part of nudging the church towards a more radical embodiment of inclusive leadership, hospitality, social action, and mutual care. A Boston native, Casey is proud to make a home in Durham with her partner Felipe, and their two children, Micaela and Teddy. She loves reading poetry out loud and seeing her favorite band, Hardworker, perform live (back when we went to concerts). She has a few posts over at Women in Theology.

Here’s a little more about why Casey is wanting to kick off this workshop.

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Rev. Luke Hansen, S.J., is a Jesuit priest and the Catholic Chaplain at the Dorothy Day Center for Faith and Justice at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He has studied the history of women deacons, the restoration of the permanent diaconate at the Second Vatican Council, and as a journalist reported from the Synods of Bishops in Rome in 2015, 2018 and 2019. Luke has an MA in social philosophy from Loyola University Chicago, a Masters of Divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He is a contributing editor for America, he held the same position for the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica in Rome, and he has won several awards from the Catholic Press Association for his writing. A native of Wisconsin, Luke enjoys running, playing basketball and cheering for his favorite sports teams.

In October 2019, Luke reported on the Amazon Synod for America Media, where he followed the movement of the Holy Spirit through the synod, inviting the church to fully embrace women’s vocations as well as stand for justice in the world.

Here, Luke reflects on his hopes for the first workshop and the questions we can ask together, inspired by a God who moves toward freedom and liberation.

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