Cynthia (Sam) M. Bowns, of Crete, Illinois, recently retired as a development associate and alumni coordinator at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Sam has a Masters of Divinity and a certificate in spiritual formation from Catholic Theological Union, where she continues to volunteer. A married mother of three, she has served for decades in a variety of parish ministries, including co-chair of RCIA, lector, Eucharistic minister and art and environment.
Sam, a certified spiritual director, became a vocal advocate for restoring a women’s diaconate as she accompanied her husband throughhis discernment and training as a deacon in the Diocese of Joliet and came to experience a call to the diaconate herself. Sam has been interviewed or featured by the National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, and PBS in their reporting on the possibility of ordaining women deacons.
We owe it to ourselves to be mindful of our own wisdom as to what our “needs” are as a community. We need to have the courage of the early Hellenists to put our needs out there for those in authority to understand “what” and “whom” we need in ministry.VIEW