Reflection from your Co-Pastors
July 22, 2021
Feast Day of Mary of Magdala
Today we celebrate the feast day of our patron saint, Mary of Magdala. In June of 2016, Pope Francis elevated the July 22nd memorial of Saint Mary of Magdala to a feast day on the Church's liturgical calendar. His decree was entitled "Apostolorum Apostola," apostle of the apostles.
Today we reclaim Mary of Magdala as an apostolic partner of Jesus. She is the woman who accompanied Jesus throughout his ministry, through a torturous death, stood at the foot of the cross, first witnessed his resurrection, and who proclaimed the risen Christ to the early Church.
The Ecumenical Catholic Communion has encouraged and supported the role of women since it's inception. It has promoted vocations to the diaconate, priesthood or episcopacy, for both women and men. The ECC constitution affirms that "all Catholic women have an equal right with Catholic men to the resources and the exercise of all powers of the Church."
For many centuries the role of women in the Church has been denigrated and diminished.