Catholic Women Preach offers the theologically informed perspectives of Catholic women on the Sunday readings readings and on some feast days. Visit www.catholicwomenpreach.org to view preaching videos, to read preaching texts, and to learn more about the preachers.
September 27, 2020: Go out and work in the vineyard today with Marge Kloos, SC
Preaching for the Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Marge Kloos, SC offers a reflection encouraging us to go out and work in the vineyard today:
"Today, we are a planet awakening to multiple injustices cascading over our consciousness. Our journey to the vineyard cannot be put on hold. The urgency of this moment calls us to go to work in the vineyard where the weeds of hate and indifference choke the vitality of our souls."
Marge Kloos, S.C., D. Min. is a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati and is serving as a member of the Leadership Team of her religious community. As an associate professor of religious and pastoral studies at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Marge has taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Ministry, Spirituality, and Ecological and Social Justice.
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September 20, 2020: Beyond the Binaries with Jessie Bazan
Preaching for the Twenty-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jessie Bazan offers a reflection on the familiar parable of the workers in the vineyard:
"Our God is a God of infinite possibilities, whose ways are high above the human ways to which we’ve grown accustomed. Our God cannot be tamed within the made-up constructs of in or out, worthy or unworthy, last or first. Our God is near to all who call upon the divine name in truth, no matter if we got to work at the crack of dawn or right before quitting time."
Jessie Bazan is a theologian and writer. She edited and co-authored the book, Dear Joan Chittister: Conversations with Women in the Church, released in September 2019 with Twenty-Third Publications. Jessie also serves as the program associate for the Collegeville Institute for Ecumenical and Cultural Research. She earned her Masters of Divinity degree at the Saint John's School of Theology and Seminary in Collegeville, Minnesota and Bachelor of Arts from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
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September 13, 2020: On Forgiveness with Jacqueline Regan
Preaching for the Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Jacqueline Regan offers a reflection on forgiveness:
"Seventy times seven? Really? Jesus knew that we needed practice. With hearts opened wide to the amazing grace of God’s mercy, can we trust that Jesus’ instruction is a sign of solidarity with the human condition? Can we live as if it is a piece of wise advice that shapes and sustains our prophetic practice of love and forgiveness for the long haul?"
Jacqueline Regan (Jackie) is the Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Career Services at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM). She earned an M.Div. and an M.A. in Spiritual Direction from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and Ministry. Jackie’s greatest source of joy in her ministry is participating in and creating inclusive formation programs that foster relationships with and among students from all over the world. At the STM and in her parish of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Jackie has been active in spiritual direction, prison and interfaith ministry, international immersion experiences, hospice chaplaincy, liturgical ministry, and RCIA. She has served on executive boards for the Association of Theological Schools and Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry, and is currently a member of the Boston College Forum on Racial Justice and the Regional Council of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps.
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September 6, 2020: Watch out! with Dr. Julie Welborn
Preaching for the Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Dr. Julie Welborn offers a reflection on our call to be on the watch -- for ourselves and for one another:
"When we engender these kind of healthy relationships; when we sharpen others and allow others to sharpen us, in the end we become better people, and position ourselves to be available to represent and serve God."
Julie Welborn is a skilled teacher and preacher who worked at the Office of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago in 2011-2016 and served as the Director of Catholic Identity from 2014-16. She has taught and facilitated confirmation and reconciliation sacramental classes and retreats; shared the gospel as a scripture teacher for the Chicago Catholic Scripture School; taught scripture in the Continuing Education & Enrichment Program during the summer at the Institute for Black Catholic Studies at St. Xavier University in New Orleans; has preached at churches and conferences of various denominations and has been featured as keynote speaker at schools and various educational organizations. She holds a Doctorate of Ministry, a Master of Divinity and a Certificate in Biblical Spirituality from Catholic Theological Union. She currently serves as the Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Life at LaSalle Street Church in Chicago.
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August 30, 2020: Know better, do better with Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI
Preaching for the Twenty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Sr. Nicole Trahan offers a reflection on persistence as we seek, in the words of St. Paul, not to be conformed to this age:
Let us challenge ourselves to keep learning and growing, allowing God to transform us by the renewal of our minds, so we might act with courage in spite of the obstacles and struggles to bring about a time acceptable to the Lord.
Sr. Nicole Trahan, FMI, a native of Orange, Texas, is a member of the Daughters of Mary Immaculate (Marianists) and currently lives in Dayton, Ohio. Sr. Nicole serves her congregation as a member of the provincial leadership team, vocations director and director of the pre-novitiate program. She is also a part-time campus minister at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School.
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August 23, 2020: Authority that makes Christianity credible with Elyse Raby
Preaching for the Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Elyse Raby offers a reflection on authority:
"This is the kind of lived authority, the kind of witness and testimony, that opens the doors to the kingdom of heaven. This is the authority that makes Christianity credible. It is the kind of authority that we so desperately need from our church leaders who are in positions of authority."
Elyse Raby is a doctoral candidate in systematic theology at Boston College. She is completing her dissertation on the church as the body of Christ in nineteenth- and twentieth-century Catholic theology and, in particular, how different understandings of embodiment shape our understandings of the church, its ministry, and its relationship to the world.
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