Role of Women in the Church

There's more to the Church than priesthood!

With a lot of talk about the Synod on Synodality and talk swirling about ordaining women to the priesthood and diaconate, I wanted to share a few things that I sent to Twitter/X today. 

This will be short, sweet and substantial. First is the text from a post explaining the model of the role of women in the Church. Following that will be a post (and a short video) about one such woman, St. Macrina the Younger, known as “the Forth Cappadocian” with St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nysa. Please subscribe to support my work and to be notified of new posts and podcasts. I’m working very hard for you.

St. Macrina

Women played an important role in the Church without being priestesses or deaconesses. One little-known heroine of the Church is Macrina, the sister of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nysa (Two of the Cappadocian Fathers—Gregory of Nazianzus being the third). 

Basil and Gregory often credited their knowledge to the tutelage and council of their sister Macrina. She is often referred to as “The Fourth Cappadocian” 

Macrina was not a priestess or deaconess. She was “just” a women who formed great #Saints

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