Deacon-structing: The Gynacolate

Posted July 23, 2018 5:34 am by Deacon Pedro

Deacon-structing: The Gynacolate

Maryknoll Sister Dora Neutzi serves as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion during Mass at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, N.Y. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
The gynaco-what?!
Gynacolate from the Greek: “gyne” (woman) and “akoloutheo” (to follow).
I actually made up the word. It does not exist in English. If you look it up online, you will find nothing. I translated it from the Spanish “ginacolitado,” which was also a word recently invented.
Its creation comes from a proposal that came out of the preparation for the 5th Missionary Congress of the Americas. The idea is to create a new lay ministry for

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