Spirited Conversations Interview: “Listen Up, Pope Francis: Catholic Women Speak”

Listen up, Pope Francis: Catholic Women Speak

What could be a watershed event in the Catholic church is happening in October. Just after Pope Francis leaves the U.S., where he’ll be hosting the World Meeting of Families, he’s convening in Rome what’s called a Synod on the Family. But women–key members of families–won’t be included in a significant way in the Synod.  An anthology of essays called Catholic Women Speak has been published in response to this omission. This interview features one of the authors, Rhonda Miska. She writes about her experience as a young single professional woman who’s worked in churches and retreat centers. This interview is part of a project called Spirited Conversations, in which Jennifer Szweda Jordan interviews inspiring people and explores rich places in the Catholic tradition and addresses topical issues.


(Paulist Press, 2015)

(Paulist Press, 2015)

Rhonda Miska (credit: Wendy L Wareham photography)

Rhonda Miska (credit: Wendy L Wareham photography)

Rhonda Miska (rhonda.youngadultcatholics@gmail.com) is a former Jesuit Volunteer (Nicaragua, 2002-2004) and a graduate of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Her past ministries include accompaniment of the Spanish-speaking immigrant community, Muslim-Christian dialogue, social justice education, direct outreach to people who are homeless, congregation-based community organizing, and coordination of a community with adults with intellectual disabilities. She currently serves as Coordinator of Programming/Development at Shalom Spirituality Center in Dubuque, IA. Her writing has appeared in appeared in various print and online publications and she is a contributor to Catholic Women Speak: Bringing Our Gifts to the Table (Paulist Press) which will be launched in Rome this week.

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