“WOMEN in the DIACONATE”

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Rev. Gerard (Jerry) Austin, O.P., S.T.D.

Dr. Austin is the “Dominican Scholar in Residence” in the Department of Theology and Philosophy at Barry University, Miami, FL.  As a teacher and scholar, Father Jerry’s interests are in the areas of liturgical sources, sacraments, ecclesiology and ministry.  He taught for many years at the Blessed Edmund Rice School of Pastoral Ministry while it was affiliated with the Diocese of Venice.  Recently, the North American Academy of Liturgy honored Fr. Jerry with its 2017 Berakah Award.

Deacon William Ditewig, Ph.D.

Deacon Bill, a retired Naval Commander, was ordained for the Archdiocese of Washington, DC in 1990.  When he was on the staff of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, he served as the Executive Director of the Secretariat for the Diaconate.   Dr. Ditewig has also been affiliated with Saint Leo’s University, near Tampa, FL, as a Professor of Theology and Director of Graduate Programs in Theology.  He has authored several books and co-authored “Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future” with Dr. Phyllis Zagano and Dr. Gary Macy.

Professor Carolyn Johnson, Ed.D.

Dr. Johnson, recipient of the inaugural grant from Voice of the Faithful’s Emily and Rosemary Fund, is an educator, a retreat facilitator, writer and mother of two teenage girls.  She developed and taught a course for the permanent diaconate in the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY.  Recently, VOTF commissioned her to write a scholarly paper “Women Deacons: How Long Will It Take the Catholic Church to Open This Door?”  Currently, Dr. Johnson is preparing a manuscript for publication entitled “Courage to Keep Facing the Wind: Raising Women Leaders for the Catholic Church.”

Sister Gloria Marie Jones, O.P.

Sr. Gloria, our moderator, has been a Dominican for more than fifty years.  She has just completed eleven years as the Congregational Prioress for the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, an international community.  In April, at the Dominican Center, Bishop Randolph Calvo gave a presentation on “Women Deacons?  A Dialogue”.  Together with fellow Dominican, Sr. Mary Traviss, she facilitated the audience and panel discussion.  Presently, Sr. Gloria is in East Africa journeying to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.   You can follow her adventurous travels on SisterGloriaMarie.Blogspot.com

Deacon John Monahan, JD

Deacon John, a retired lawyer, has been married to Mary Ellen for fifty years.  In addition to his private practice, he was the Assistant Director of Licensing and Inspection for the State of New Jersey.  Ordained in 1989, he serves Our Lady of Victories Parish in Baptistown, NJ.   A very proud father of a daughter, a member of the Benedictine Order in Chicago, with a Ph.D. in archeology.  John has listened to her spiritual reflections which she shares with her community and others.  They bring a unique, women’s perspective to the message of the Gospel.

Deacon Gretchen Peske, RN, MSN, CHPN

Deacon Gretchen, a registered nurse, is a hospital liaison for homecare, palliative and hospice care.  In 2011, she was ordained in the Anglican Diocese of Pittsburgh, PA.  Gretchen serves the same parish in which she has been a member for twenty-six years.  She considers the nature of her bi-vocation (career and ministry) as challenging, yet doable.  Her faith explains that when God calls to serve Him in any vocation, trust that He will provide the time, energy, enthusiasm and skills needed to follow that call.   It is the work of the Holy Spirit in your life.

Deborah Rose-Milavec, MA

Deborah has a Master’s Degree in Theology and trained as a lay pastoral minister in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, OH.  As the Executive Director of FutureChurch, she promotes the organization’s goals:

  • Just, open and collaborate structures for Catholic worship, organization and governance
  • A return to the Church’s earliest traditions of both married and celibate priests
  • A return to Jesus’ inclusive practice of recognizing both female and male leaders
  • Regular access to the Eucharist, the center of Catholic life and worship