Dr. Phyllis Zagano

Friday September 13, 2019

7:30 PM

“What about Women Deacons?” 

Do women have a future in our Catholic Church? What is the role of women in the Church? Come listen to Dr. Phyllis Zagano as she talks to us about these topics and leave with a sense of hope and excitement about the future of women in the Church. Dr. Zagano is an acknowledged expert on the question of restoring women to the ordained diaconate in the Catholic Church and is a member of the Papal Commission for the study of the diaconate of women.


about Phyllis Zagano

Phyllis Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women's issues in the church. Her award-winning books include Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church (First Place, 2001 Catholic Press Association and 2002 College Theology Society), Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Second Place, 2012 Catholic Press Association) and Women Deacons? Essays with Answers (First Place, 2017 Catholic Press Association). 

Her writing is widely translated — her best-selling On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild is in Indonesian, Spanish and Italian as well as English — and she edited the Liturgical Press’ "Spirituality in History" series.

She is a member of the Papal Commission for the study of the diaconate of women. Winner of two Fulbright awards, her biographical listings include Marquis Who’s Who. Her professional papers are held by the Women in Leadership Archives, Loyola University, Chicago. She holds a research appointment at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

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Dr. Zagano is Senior Research Associate-in-Residence in the Department of Religion at Hofstra, where she has continued her research in the history of spirituality and the history of women in the church since 2002. Prior to that, she had joint appointments to the faculties of theology, communications, and international relations at Boston University. A baccalaureate graduate of Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York, she holds a Ph.D. from the State University of New York and three master’s degrees. She has twice been awarded Fulbright Fellowships, and has lectured throughout the United States, Canada, Portugal, Ireland, and Australia.

Her forthcoming book, Women: Icons of Christ Phyllis Zagano traces the history of ministry by women, especially those ordained as deacons, and answers the question: who can image Christ, the risen Lord?

Among her 23 books are the award-winning Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church (Crossroad), and Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Palgrave-Macmillan), and Women Deacons? Essays with Answers, a collection of twelve essays—five translated from Italian, three translated from French, and four in their original English—that answer the questions about the history of and possible future of women deacons. 

Dr. Zagano has published hundreds of articles and reviews in a wide variety of journals, including the Journal of Ecumenical Studies, Horizons, Spiritus, and Theological Studies, as well as in the Irish journals Furrow, Religious Life Review, and Doctrine and Life. Her monthly column “Just Catholic” appears online and in print in the National Catholic Reporter and other publications around the world.

In addition to being an acknowledged expert on the question of restoring women to the ordained diaconate in the Catholic Church, Dr. Zagano is a well-known authority on spirituality and editor of the best-selling text Mysticism and the Spiritual Quest (Paulist).

Dr. Zagano’s biographical listings include Who’s Who in America. Her professional papers are held by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership Archives at Loyola University, Chicago.  In August 2016, Pope Francis appointed her to his Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women.