Project Description

Ruth Fehlker (Germany)  is from Coesfeld, Germany. She studied Catholic Theology at the University of Münster (WWU). She trained with the diocese of Münster in pastoral theology and pastoral psychology and has been working as a parish pastoral worker since 2010.

Extract from Ruth Fehlker, “I Sang the Exsultet: Representation Matters” in Visions and Vocations:

Two years ago I was asked to sing the Exsultet during the Easter Vigil. I had been working in the parish for only a few months and did not know at that point that I was the first woman to sing the great Easter vigil hymn in that church. After the service ended, I stood by one of the church doors, wishing people a happy Easter as they left – and I was astonished by their reaction. So many women (and a few men also) were visibly moved, some with tears in their eyes. This had little to do with the quality of my singing, I realized, and everything to do with the fact that they had witnessed a woman proclaiming the joy of the resurrection.