The National Philanthropic Trust has awarded Dr. Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence and adjunct professor of religion, a $150,000 grant so she may continue her research into the history of Catholic women deacons.
Dr. Zagano has researched and written extensively on the historical, theological, canonical, sociological, ecclesiological dimensions of the question of women deacons. In 2016 she was appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Study of the Diaconate of Women. This grant will help cover the travel and administrative expenses incurred by her continued research.
Dr. Zagano was also recently interviewed by the Washington Times for an article, U.S. Catholics wary of panel that will study idea of women as deacons. Earlier this year, Dr. Zagano published the book, Women: Icons of Christ, described as a groundbreaking review of the sacramental ministry of women throughout Christian history and the answer to current Catholic disciplinary objections to restoring women to the ordained diaconate.