Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices, Renewing the Church Cycle B


Pages: 336

Binding: Paperback

Catholic Women Preach: Raising Voices, Renewing the Church Cycle B

By: Elizabeth Donnelly and Russ Petrus
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“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. As a trustee of a Catholic family foundation, she is part of a group of female foundation leaders who have engaged in dialogue with top Vatican officials on the role of women in the Church. A former Maryknoll lay missioner in Lima, Peru, she pursued doctoral studies in international political economy and ethics in Harvard’s Department of Government. She has served on several boards, including those of Jesuit Volunteers International, Maryknoll Lay Missioners, Bread for the World, and the Ignatian Solidarity Network.

Russ Petrus serves as program director for FutureChurch. 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. Before joining the staff at FutureChurch, Russ served in parish ministry in Boston and Cleveland for a number of years as a pastoral associate with responsibilities for catechesis, RCIA, and youth and young adult ministry.


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