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), Women Deacons? Essays with Answers (First Place, 2017 Catholic Press Association) and Women: Icons of Christ (Second Place, 2021 Catholic Media 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 belonged to the 2016-2018 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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Of candidates and climate: The unspoken forces behind the migrants in Martha's Vineyard

Govs. Abbott, Ducey, DeSantis and their minions are trafficking human beings. These migrants are people, not numbers, who have risked everything for a chance at a better life, for a chance at survival.


Synod reports from around the world raise clericalism, women as issues

Phyllis Zagano: The synod is a worldwide event, and early reports from bishops' conferences outside the U.S. repeat the same story: Clericalism is a scourge on the church, and women are not respected or included in leadership.


The abortion question may be decided politically. The real test is a moral one.

Phyllis Zagano: The controversy will not end soon, but if the bishops address "invincible ignorance," there may be fewer Catholic politicians supporting laws allowing abortion.


Pelosi vs. Cordileone isn't only about abortion. It's about women and bishops.

Phyllis Zagano: The battle between San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be seen more broadly as one battle in a decades-long disintegration of trust between women and the bishops.