Can Women Be Deacons?

The conversations regarding women deacons has caused a lot of confusion amongst Catholics. Can women be deacons or not? Fr. Josh Johnson addresses this question by looking at the history of the Church and her teachings on the topic.

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Glory Story (1:49)
Listener Question (5:08)

Can women be deacons in the Catholic Church?

Saint Story: St. Irmã Dulce Pontes (20:23)

St. Irmã Dulce Pontes was born in 1914 in Salvador, Brazil. She was named Maria Rita and grew up in a moderately wealthy family. When she was a teenager, her aunt took her to a poor area of the city. This experience had a lasting impact on her and gave her a desire to serve the poor.

After graduating high school, Maria Rita entered the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate COnception of the Mother of God. She received the religious name “Dulce” which was her mother’s name.

Throughout the remainder of her life, Sr. Dulce served the poor in a variety of ways. She nursed the sick, housed the homeless, and fed the hungry. She founded a number of charitable organizations and was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 1988. 

In 1922, after struggling with lung problems for many years, Sr. Dulce died. She was beatified in 2011 and canonized in 2019.


Meet Fr. Josh Johnson

While Fr. Josh was raised Catholic, he didn’t like the Church growing up. Then, one day in adoration, he fell in love with Jesus and received the call to become a priest.

Now, Fr. Josh is the Vocations Director of the Diocese of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. He is a presenter in four of Ascension’s programs: Altaration, YOU: Life, Love, and the Theology of the Body, The 99, and Connected: Catholic Social Teaching for This Generation, as well as the author of Broken and Blessed: An Invitation to My Generation, Pocket Guide to Adoration, and co-author of Pocket Guide to Reconciliation.

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