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June 10, 2023

Catholic Media Association

Catholic Women Preach Wins 2nd Place in Liturgy at 2023 Catholic Media Association Book Award
“Catholic Women Preach” is one of the more inspiring collection of homilies available today. Based on the deep spirituality and insights of the various women authors, the homilies are solidly based on the scriptures and offer refreshing and engaging insights for homilists and listeners. The feminine perspective has long been absent in the preached word, and its inclusion in this work offers a long overdue and pastorally necessary resource for the liturgical life of the Church.

May 19, 2023

U.S. Catholic Glad You Asked Podcast

Can women preach in Catholic Churches?

featuring Rhonda Miska

What is the actual history of women preaching, from the early church on? And is there an official Catholic teaching on whether women can preach in churches or not? On this episode of the podcast, hosts Emily Sanna and Rebecca Bratten Weiss talk to Rhonda Miska about the scriptures, history, and teachings associated with women preaching.

April 29, 2023

National Catholic Reporter

'Catholic Women Preach' book offers hope for the future of the church

Patty Breen

Catholic Women Preach meets a sacred yearning to have and hear the voices of women in the church through the unique perspective of their own preaching. This book was born out of the good work of organizations like FutureChurch and Catholic Women Preach that answer a call to lift up the voices of women in the church — one of the primary themes emerging from the synod on synodality called forth by Pope Francis. The timing of this is not a coincidence.

March 20, 2023

Today's American Catholic

Breaking the Silence

Julie A. Ferraro

None of the homilies are more than six pages in length, yet the power of the stories that are related hit home, touch the heart, and fire the soul.

January 26, 2023

National Catholic Reporter

Pope Francis Wants Better Homilies. Find Them at Catholic Women Preach.

Heidi Schlumpf

With nearly half a million views on YouTube for Catholic Women Preach, women's preaching is reaching people — with or without the institutional church's help. And nearly all of them are under 10 minutes.

October 22, 2022

Black Catholic Messenger

Black authors featured in new book 'Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices, Renewing the Church'

Allesandra Harris

The new book “Catholic Women Preach” is a collection of content that was previously published on the Catholic Women Preach website, a project of FutureChurch. The collection is a much-needed resource for all Catholics, and especially Black Catholics, longing to hear issues they care about addressed and to know their Catholic faith is still relevant and important today. It is also a way to bring Catholic women's voices to people who do not hear them in the pews.

March 31, 2017

Vatican Radio

Catholic Women Preach: Raising female voices to renew Church

Philippa Hitchen

Looking for inspiration for a Holy Week or Easter homily? Searching for a woman’s perspective on these central events of our Christian faith? Look no further, as a group of Catholic women has launched an innovative website offering regular theological reflections on the readings of the day by leading female scholars and others engaged in many different ministries in countries around the world.

December 15, 2016

Ignatian Solidarity Network Blog

Lifting Up Women's Voices In Proclaiming the Gospel

Jocelyn Collen

At the 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ), I witnessed the culmination of over a year’s worth of planning. Right in front of me was a confirmation that Catholic Women Preach is worth every single hour that our steering committee has invested in our dream. We have not created this project for us, but for the entire Church. We are committed to preaching the Gospel as widely as possible.

December 8, 2016

Global Sisters Report

Q & A with Jamie Phelps, sharing the gift of preaching

Dawn Araujo-Hawkins

Last month, FutureChurch launched Catholic Women Preach, a project aimed at highlighting the voices of Catholic women preachers around the world. Dominican Sr. Jamie Phelps, a theologian and social worker who kicked off the project's Advent series, talked to Global Sisters Report about the importance of women theologians for the church and the world.

November 18, 2016

Ignatian Solidarity Network Blog

Catholic Women Preach: An Interview with Betty Anne Donnelly

ISN Staff

Betty Anne Donnelly is a member of the Catholic Women Preach steering committee, serving as Preacher Coordinator. She is a former Maryknoll Lay Missioner, and has served on several boards, including Jesuit Volunteers International and Bread for the World, and is a current member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Board of Directors. Donnelly presented a breakout session at the 2016 Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice with Jocelyn Collen, fellow CWP steering committee member, entitled “Lifting Up Women’s Voices in Proclaiming the Gospel.” ISN spoke with Donnelly about the ways in Catholic Women Preach hopes to give voice to women theologians.

October 27, 2016

America Magazine

Want to see Catholic women preach? Soon you’ll be able to.

Michael O'Loughlin

One of the more intriguing questions Pope Francis prompted earlier this year when he announced that a Vatican commission would study whether the early church had women deacons was: How would Catholics react to women preaching? Some Catholic women hope to find out. A new website called Catholic Women Preach will publish videos showing just that, Catholic women preaching. The reflections will draw from the church’s weekly readings. The women backing the project say they hope the videos will help Catholics deepen their faith and become more comfortable with the idea of women preaching.