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Women saints. Sponsor a saint.

Holy Women through the Ages

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1. Women Deacons

During the first nine centuries of the Church’s history, tens of thousands of women were ordained deacons to instruct women catechumens and assist in baptising them. Their ordination was substantially identical to that of the male deacon. The bishop would impose hands on them, invoking the Holy Spirit to grant them the ministry of the diaconate.

Copies of the ordination rite have been preserved in ancient manuscripts, like in the Barberini manuscript gr 336 (780 AD), part of which is displayed below.

Imposing his hands on the woman, the bishop prays:

“Dedicate her to the task of you holy diaconate, and pour out into her the rich and abundant giving of your Holy Spirit.” “Preserve her so that she may always perform her ministry with orthodox faith and irreproachable conduct.”


Apollonia

Athanasia
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Domnika

Genevieve

Gorgonia

Irene Chrysovalantou

Junia

Lydia

Macrina

Mary of Magdala

Melania

Nonna

Olympias

Pentadia

Phoebe

Platonida

Poplia

Priscilla

Procla

Radegunde
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Sophia
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Tabitha

Tatiana

Theosebia
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Xenia


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2. Women Martyrs


Throughout the Church’s history, women no less than men, have witnessed to their Christian faith unto death.

According to ancient tradition, men or women on the way to martyrdom had the power to forgive sins. The Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus (3rd cent) states that any ‘confessor’ who had been imprisoned for faith, had automatically attained the rank of presbyter (priest) in the Roman communities.

Sts. Irenaeus (2nd cent) and Cyprian (3rd cent) apply this ‘power of martyrdom’ equally to women confessors. Women too shared in the power of the keys, binding and loosening on behalf of Christ.

The martyr St. Catherine of Alexandria is shown to have power in this engraving by Albrecht Dührer . The rack reminds us of her torture, the throne and sword of how she reigns with Christ.


Agatha

Agnes of Rome

Anastasia

Anne Line

Barbara

Catherine of Alexandria

Cecilia

Felicity

Florence Caerols Martines

Joan of Arc

Irene the Great Martyr

Lilian

Lucy
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Marie Amandine
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Irene McCormack

Margaret Clitherow
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Margaret Pole
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Maria de la Luz Camacho

Marina

Natalia Tulasiewicz

Perpetua

Priscilla of Ephesus

Susanna of Rome

Ursula of Cologne

Victoria de Molina


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3. Medieval Leaders


A number of women achieved a good deal of influence on the society of their day, in spite of the prevailing cultural prejudices against women. Among them we find especially spiritual writers, queens and abbesses.The position of the abbess in medieval society is especially interesting.

Because many came from the upper aristocracy they were used to exercising authority.Frequently they had real ‘jurisdiction’, i.e. power over the sacraments. They were free from interference by the local bishop. They ruled over both men and women. They had authority over the priests working under their supervision. Some carried the title ‘sacerdos maxima’, [= highpriest].

They were ‘ordained’ as abbess by a bishop or archbishop. They wore a mitre and crozier as sign of their spiritual power. They heard confession and forgave sins.


Adele of Pfazel

Agnes of Prague

Angela Merici

Audrey
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Beatrice da Silva

Bridget of Kildare

Bridget of Sweden

Catherine of Siena

Clare of Assisi

Elizabeth of Portugal

Elizabeth of Hungary

Flora of Beaulieu

Germaine Cousin

Gertrude of Helfta

Hildegard of Bingen

Isabel of France

Lioba

Matilda

Mildred

Natalie Sabigotho

Olga of Kiev

Rita of Cascia

Rose of Lima

Teresa of Avila

Yvette of Huy


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4. Saints for Our Time


Enormous changes have transformed our society and our way of thinking during the last few centuries. Fortunately, this has also brought emancipation for women who are being liberated from the cultural prejudices of the past. The official Church has not yet realised that these former prejudices influence the way scripture and tradition are being interpreted regarding women.

Many women are already engaged in pastoral ministries, including diaconal and priestly tasks. There is no valid reason why women could not represent Christ at the holy Eucharist. A woman can express God’s love for people in a different way than a man can.

The Church should recognise women’s charisms by giving them holy orders, as she does for men.


Angela Selawa

Anna Inguscio

Carla Ronci

Carolina Palladini

Edel Quinn

Elisabeth Tasca Serena

Fiorella Bianchi
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Gianna Molla

Hildegard Burjan

Josefa Girbes

Madeleine Debrel

Maria Carolina Scampone

Marianna Biernacka

Marica Stankovik

Matilde Salem

Edith Stein

Pauline Vanier

Rosa Giovannetti

Rose Prince

Satoko Kitahara

Thérèse of Lisieux

Victoria Diez

Victorina Rivara-Perazzo

Virginia Blanco

Wilhelmina Ronconi


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