New poetry collection shares perspective of woman called to Catholic ministry

“An Echoing Call” by Marcy Keefe-Slager includes poems about relationship with God and troubling times in the Church
(PR NewsChannel) / February 14, 2012 / JACKSON, Mich. 

An Echoing Call

"An Echoing Call" by Marcy Keefe-Slager

“An Echoing Call” (ISBN 1466244763), a poetry collection by Marcy Keefe-Slager, reveals the author’s unique perspective as a woman called to ministry in a Church whose leadership bars women from the priesthood.

The author felt a call to the priesthood at an early age and her faith thrived in the early days of Vatican II, when it seemed that the Catholic Church was opening to new life. In recent years that openness has reversed and the Church continues to shut its doors to many of the Vatican II directions including the ordination of women. Her book includes a brief autobiography and six themed chapters of poetry to help readers gain greater understanding of her faith and hopes for God’s people. In subject matter ranging from the call to ministry to living with cancer to love of the Catholic Church, Keefe-Slager seeks to offer a clear and honest account of her perspective without harsh condemnation or finger-pointing.

“Writing this book has been a divine mission to share my experience with others and to encourage them to have faith in their journey,” says Keefe-Slager. “Although filled with spirituality, my poems do not preach or proselytize.”

Inspired to tell others of her experiences, the author wrote the collected poems to give persons in similar circumstances a sense that they are not alone and that God cares deeply for them. The collection is intended to engage and inspire hope and a stronger faith in men as well as women seeking increased spirituality.

“An Echoing Call” is available for sale online at and other channels.

About the Author: Marcy Keefe-Slager earned a master’s degree in religious education from St. John College in 1976 and became a certified chaplain in the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1983. A charter member of the Professional Pastoral Ministers Association in the Lansing Mich., Diocese and she taught as an adjunct instructor in the diocesan formation program through Siena Heights University. She has also been a member of the Jackson Area Ministerial Association for almost 30 years. Keefe-Slager trained to be a Spiritual Director at the Shalem Institute for Spirituality, served as a team member with Isaiah Missions for four years. She has been happily ministering with God’s people for 50 years.

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