Nicole Sotelo believes in the power of stories to transform lives. Her work has appeared in a range of media from Celebration liturgical magazine to the New York Times. She is the author of Women Healing from Abuse: Meditations for Finding Peace (Paulist Press) and she coordinates, a resource for abused Catholic women. A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, she serves as a communications consultant for Catholic organizations.

She writes for NCR's Young Voices blog.


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Seeing is believing: Why Catholics need women deacons

Young Voices: To be sure, even if Catholic women are re-welcomed with men to be deacons next year, significant concerns remain. Only a transformation of leadership and how we understand ministry will truly save us over time.

No one is monitoring former abusive priests

Young Voices: Next week is the 25th anniversary of the Chicago Archdiocese's announcement of the intent to create a review board to remove priests, but there is a problem.

A church that young adult Catholics can believe in

Young Voices: If bishops want to help the Vatican understand why young adults are leaving the church, they can start by looking at the research on Catholics who have left.

Catholic women's equality requires a shift on the night watch

Young Voices: The struggle for women's right to vote in civil politics is over, but the struggle for a woman's voice in church polity is still alive.