Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices, Renewing the Church. CYCLE A - Orbis Books


Pages: 320

Binding: Paperback

Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices, Renewing the Church. CYCLE A

By: Elizabeth A. Donnelly and Russ Petrus
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Catholic Media Association Award Winner

Association Of Catholic Publishers Award Winner


"These reflections draw us from our comfort zones into mission. Service, they stress, implies learning to live within a new moral framework, challenging unjust social structures and excluding no one. This is a book for preachers and those bereft of good preaching. It offers models for memorable sermons grounded in theological education, pastoral experience and imagination." - Margaret McLean, Tui Motu InterIslands

“As you listen with the ear of your heart to the wisdom of women, may you, too, be emboldened to preach the word with persistence at all times and in all ways.”—Barbara E. Reid, O.P., from the Foreword

“A tremendous resource for the church.”—James Martin, SJ, author, Learning to Pray 

“In this book, Betty Anne Donnelly and Russ Petrus have gathered a liturgical year’s worth of wisdom from some of the most insightful, gifted Catholic women of our day. This text will accompany Catholics in prayer and reflection. It will inspire preachers and hearers of God’s word. Most importantly, it will remind us all that women’s voices have been at the heart of the Christian message since Mary Magdalene first witnessed the empty tomb on Easter morning.”—Natalia Imperatori-Lee, author, Cúentame: Narrative in the Ecclesial Present

"From the first Pentecost to our own day, the Spirit continues to pour out abundant gifts on the whole People of God. Central to the gifts bestowed in baptism is the commission to women as well as to men from every nation to proclaim the good news that ‘the reign of God is at hand.’ This volume of preaching by faith-filled missionary disciples from around the globe is a valuable response to the call of Pope Francis for a ‘more incisive role for women’ in the Church’s mission. The testimony of these women inspires unexpected hope and suggests creative possibilities for a fuller hearing—and living—of the Gospel. At the same time, the collection raises the disturbing question of why we so rarely hear the Gospel preached by women.”—Mary Catherine Hilkert, O.P., Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame


 This series of three volumes, following the A, B, C Cycles of the lectionary, offer homilies by Catholic women from the around the world. This is taken from an ongoing project, “Catholic Women Preach,” which has featured videos every Sunday for six years. Though the texts are available on the website, this series will make them available in print form for weekly meditation, an inspiration for homilists, and a resource for courses in homiletics. A project of FutureChurch: see

Elizabeth A. Donnelly (Preacher Coordinator) is a frequent speaker and writer on Catholic affairs. She has served on several boards, including those of Jesuit Volunteers International, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Bread for the World, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network. She received an MTS from Harvard Divinity School.

Russ Petrus serves as co-director for FutureChurch, which sponsors the “Catholic Women Preach” project. He holds an MDiv from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College, where he focused on liturgics and catechesis.

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