Friday, April 20, 2018

#WomenPriestsAreHere Celebrating Vocations' Sunday, April 22, 2018 in Colombia, Spain, Canada and the United States by Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, Join Janice on Sunday in Baltimore to support women priests, details in article below Join Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP on Sunday outside Assumption Church in Baltimore on Sunday, Vocation Sunday, April 22, 9:30-11am 

Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea ARCWP celebrating liturgy in Colombia, South America
Liturgy to Celebrate Feast of St. Mary of Magdala, Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP Presiding

Christina Moreira ARCWP Comunidade do Home Novo - A Coruña- Galicia- Spain
Deacon Elena Garcia ARCWP baptizes grandson Brodhi Lucas at her Ordination liturgy in Sarasota, Florida in 2017

April 22nd is “Vocations Sunday” in the Roman Catholic Church: an effort to attract males to become priests or brothers and women to become nuns. Some Catholic women, however, have prophetically crossed over into the future of the Church: Since 2002, (with the Danube 7 than 250 women have been ordained priests. 

The international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is mainly in the U.S., Canada and Colombia, South America, and also in 11 countries. Our ordinations are considered valid but because a bishop in apostolic succession ordained our first women bishops. In prophetic obedience we violated church law because an unjust law  sometimes must be broken in order to be changed. There are two branches of the movement in the United States, Canada and South America: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests ARCWP, (Spanish translation is on site) and Roman Catholic WomenpriestsUSA  

Video 2012: Tenth Anniversary of Danube Ordination
We are rooted in the belief that each moment is sacramental and that community is central in celebrating the sacraments. 

Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany, New York celebrates Pentecost Liturgy in 2016- Presiders left to right Kathy Ryan ARCWP and Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP

While we do have women bishops, each has one vote like the rest of us. Our women priests’ and liturgical communities are intentionally circular and non-hierarchal. We have become what movements for equality advocated in the 70s, 80s and 90s: A renewed priesthood in a reformed church.

We celebrate Eucharist (Mass) together as community. With parents, godparents and community participating in the Rite of Baptism, we welcome new Christians into the community. 

Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Celebrates Seth Theo Winner's Baptism,
Kathryn Shea ARCWP, (his Mom and Stephen, his Dad, pour water, as Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, recites words)

Left to right: ARCWP priests Miriam Picconi and Wanda Russell celebrate Baptism 

When two partners pledge to share their lives together in Marriage, we are present as officiants and official witnesses. 
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP co-officiates at Wedding Liturgy for Sheila Carey and Ed Bohan in Nov 2017 on Englewood Beach, Florida

With others of our liturgical communities, we anoint the sick and dying, help each another to forgive and experience forgiveness in the sacrament of Reconciliation, and welcome young people to live the message of Jesus in the world in the sacrament of Confirmation. 
Janet Blakeley ARCWP anoints Sally Brochu ARCWP before surgery as members of Mary Mother
Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community prays with her for healing
As women (and men) of varying backgrounds, our study of theology is enhanced by a lifetime of experience.  Retired Catholic seminary professor Dr. Mary Malone states that women "should be treated as the significant theologians that they are...for women have always done theology and ministry in both word and deed."  (The Elephant in the Church, p. 171) 
Mary Eileen Collingwood ARCWP presides at liturgy at St. Bridget's Community in Cleveland
Silvia Brandon Perez ARCWP leads witness for justice for undocumented in California

Our preparation program affirms women's life experiences and service before ordination as valid theology and ministry. We provide a course of studies that is interactive and comprehensive, rooted in contemporary theology and transformational spirituality in our units of preparation. In addition, candidates may choose to take courses through People's Catholic Seminary with an option for a Master of Pastoral Ministry awarded through Global Ministries University.

We are called by the Spirit to read the signs of the times and to respond in solidarity with the human rights and justice movements of our times. As disciples of Jesus, we stand on the margins with the marginalized, advocating for justice rising up in our church and world.  Illumined by the mystical and prophetic tradition, we use the insights of evolutionary, feminist, liberation, womanist, and mujerista theologies in our spiritual and professional ministerial development.    ( ARCWP Constitution)

left to right Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP and Christina Moreira ARCWP witness at the Vatican in Prayer Vigil in May 2016 (Vatican gave permission for demonstration and both women priests attended liturgy at which Pope Francis presided)

Women and men weep with joy at our ordinations and rejoice at our use of the feminine face of Holy Mystery in our inclusive liturgies where all are welcome. In so doing we affirm who we are and the need to respect Holy Mother Earth.

left to right Donna Rougeux ARCWP and Tee Kasper ARCWP witness at Women's March in March 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico

Michele Birch Conery ARCWP (seated with black jacket) with Heart of Compassion Community in Windsor, Canada

As women priests we are conscious that living out our priesthood is connected to overcoming the suffering of women and men in our world. As Mary of Magdala experienced deep trust in the Risen Christ holding her and acknowledging her to be an apostle, so we do, too. 

Blanca Cortes, ARCWP that works with children in danger, children of homeless people, in the Baptist Church of Popayan, Colombia, South America

Women as bearers of the sacred embrace cooperation rather than domination of “the other.” We teach and consciously practice Gospel nonviolence, diplomacy and restorative justice.

Mary Catherine White ARCWP, known as "Biker Priest" in New Hampshire

May our brother Francis hear the Spirit, lift all penalties , including excommunication and welcome us as beloved sisters and brothers who are leading the church toward the full equality of women in all areas of the church’s life.

ARCWP Ordination of new *Bishops: from left to right-Bishop Bernard Callahan of Lansdowne, PA. ,*Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea from Colombia, South America Bridget Mary Meehan, *Michele Birch Conery, Windsor, Canada Bishop Sibyl Dana Reynolds RCWP, California, *Mary Eileen Collingwood, Cleveland, Ohio. Ordination took place at Pendle Hill, near Philadelphia, PA. on Sept. 24, 2015

#Women Priests Are Here Celebrating Vocations Sunday!

from left to right Bishop Michele Birch Conery and  Syndney Condray, seated Deacon Karen Kerrigan ARCWP in Toledo, Ohio at Ordination June 2017

"At disgraced Cardinal O'Brien's funeral Mass, Cardinal Nichols urges prayer", AprIL 20, 2018 by John Cooney

"Representing the Holy See, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster presided at the funeral Mass April 5 in the north of England for the exiled Keith Patrick O'Brien, the Irish-born former cardinal archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh in Scotland.

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O'Brien, 80, died March 19 five years after he resigned as archbishop after admitting to sexual misconduct with adult men, and three years after resigning "the rights and privileges of a cardinal." News of O'Brien's misconduct broke just before the election of Pope Francis and he never attended the conclave, the first papal elector to "give up" his red hat since 1927.
After the funeral, O'Brien's body was driven to Scotland for burial the following day in a grave with his late father and mother at Mount Vernon Cemetery, Edinburgh, rather than in the city's cathedral.
During a somber service at St Michael's Church, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Nichols urged mourners to pray for Obrien's soul and for those he offended during his life.
Among the 500 mourners were his successor at Archbishop Leo Cushley of St. Andews and Edinburgh, Archbishop Edward Adams, the apostolic nuncio to Britain, and Cardinal Seán Brady, the retired Archbishop of Armagh, Ireland.
Among 70 priest-concelebrants was the parish priest of San Sebastiano al Palatino, the late cardinal's titular church in Rome.
"In recent days, the life of Cardinal Keith has been laid bare," said Nichols, referring to extensive media coverage following the cardinal's death. "We all know its lights and its darkness; we need not spend time talking about them even more for he has given us the key words."
Allegations about O'Brien's "inappropriate acts" during the 1980s were made by three serving priests and a seminarian under his ecclesiastical authority.

Cardinal Keith O'Brien of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, Scotland, is pictured after a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in this Nov. 21, 2010, file photo. (CNS/Paul Haring)
The Vatican conducted an inquiry and apostolic visitation, resulting in an unpublished report that reputedly dealt with about 40 allegations and O'Brien's confession to having an in-house lover who was a priest at his St. Bennet's residence in Edinburgh.
Nichols quoted from O'Brien's last will and testament in which he asked "forgiveness of all I have offended in this life" and thanked "God for the many graces and blessings he has given me especially the sacrament of holy orders."
A Belfast host who once entertained O'Brien at the Wellington Park Hotel recalled an insight into O'Brien's public life and sense of theater. O'Brien was to speak at a debate at Queens University with a baroness, a bishop of the Church of Ireland, a former Presbyterian moderator and a former religious affairs correspondent of The Irish Times.
Preparing for the event, O'Brien asked his host, "Do you want me to put on my gear?" This was a reference to donning his robes and red hat to instill an aura of deference among even the most skeptical of Ulster savants. It was quickly agreed that O'Brien should wear a black clerical suit and white collar for what was a lengthy debate. He delivered his speech faultlessly.
Some hours after the debate, speakers adjourned for a drink, and O'Brien retreated to his hotel to have a good night's sleep ahead of a 4 a.m. rise to fly to Africa, as head of the Scottish Catholic Church's development agency.
O'Brien was born on March 17, 1938, in Ballycastle, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, where his father, a sailor, was stationed. The elder O'Brien had received a British Distinguished Services Medal for his participation in Arctic convoys during the World War II. His father's naval career took the family to a number of port cities until finally landing in Edinburgh, where he studied chemistry at Edinburgh University and then philosophy and theology at Drygrange Seminary.
O'Brien was ordained in April 1965 by Cardinal Gordon Gray, Scotland's first cardinal since the Reformation. After a period teaching math and parish work, he was named rector of Blairs College, then the junior seminary for Scotland near Aberdeen. In 1985, Pope John Paul II named him Gray's successor.
Initially, overshadowed by Cardinal Thomas Winning of Glasgow, O'Brien shared the west coast cleric's populist mix of liberality on social issues with hard-line intransigence towards gays and same-sex marriage. Like Winning, O'Brien urged his flock to abandon the Labor Party in preference to the Scottish National Party, and he socialized with Alex Salmond, the politician who served as the first minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was fearless in denouncing the U.S. nuclear missiles sited on the Clyde.
Pope John Paul II named O'Brien a cardinal in 2003. At the 2005 conclave O'Brien is said to have voted for Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI. In 2010, O'Brien was filmed with Pope Benedict in the popemobile as it traveled along Princes Street, both wearing scarves of specially manufactured papal tartan.
After the funeral, Canon Matt McManus expressed regrets that O'Brien was not buried in Edinburgh's St Mary Cathedral, as he had requested, but admitted that the requiem Mass was very well done. "The mood was somber. There was a feeling it was in the wrong place. But apart from that it was extremely well done, extremely dignified."
[John Cooney is a retired religious affairs correspondent of The Irish Times and of the Glasgow-based The Herald.]

"Pope Calls Cardinal to Rome to Talk About Eucharistic Sharing" Boston Globe

My response: This is good news for many Catholics! Eucharistic sharing affirms our oneness in Christ. It is a spiritual reality and fosters greater union and deeper oneness between Catholics and Non-Catholics. Good for the German bishops for leading the way! Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has asked the president of the German bishops' conference to come to Rome to discuss pastoral guidelines for possibly allowing some non-Catholics married to Catholics to receive the Eucharist, the conference spokesman said.

Reports that "the document was rejected in the Vatican by the Holy Father or by the dicasteries are false," said Matthias Kopp, the conference spokesman.

For one thing, Kopp said April 19, the guidelines still have not been finalized and, therefore, they have not been reviewed by the Vatican. Members of the German bishops' conference were asked to submit proposed amendments to the draft document by Easter; the heads of the conference's doctrinal and ecumenical committees and the president of the conference were to formulate a final draft and present it to the conference's permanent council April 23.

Cardinal Reinhard Marx, conference president, had announced Feb. 22 at the end of their plenary meeting that three-quarters of the German bishops approved the development of pastoral guidelines for determining situations in which a non-Catholic spouse married to a Catholic could receive Communion.

Woman Priest to Witness for Acceptance of Women Priests in the Roman Catholic Church in Baltimore on Vocation Sunday, April 22nd, 9:30am-11am, Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP

Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP

April 19, 2018

Women Priests Are Here with Equal Rites, Serving Inclusive Catholic Communities

From the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests,

Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska,, 859-684-4247
Bridget Mary Meehan,, 703-505-0004

To Baltimore (MD) area media: This Sunday, April 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m., I will be outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (409 Cathedral Street, Baltimore) in my alb and stole witnessing for the acceptance of women priests in the Roman Catholic Church. I was ordained a priest in on Aug. 9, 2008 in Lexington, Kentucky.

This Sunday, April 22nd is “Vocations Sunday” in the Roman Catholic Church: an effort to attract males to become priests or brothers and women to become nuns. Some Catholic women, however, have prophetically crossed over into the future of the Church: Since 2002, (with the Danube 7 than 250 women have been ordained priests. The international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement is mainly in the U.S., Canada and Colombia, South America, and also in 11 countries. Our ordinations are considered valid because a bishop in apostolic succession ordained our first women bishops. In prophetic obedience we violated church law because an unjust law sometimes must be broken in order to be changed.

Christina Moreira ARCWP Shares Courageous Witness about her Ministry as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in Spain,"Women Priests Are Not Priests for Fear"

Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP in white stole and Christina Moreira ARCWP in purple stole in Rome 2016
They met with a monsignor in the Vatican Curia during their visit and attended a papal liturgy. Both received Communion at this liturgy. 

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