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ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMENPRIESTS CELEBRATE 8TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST ORDINATION IN THE U.S.

August 2, 2014

This week Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA joyfully celebrates the 8th anniversary of the first ordination of Roman Catholic Women in the United States.

On July 31, 2006, Eileen McCafferty DiFranco,  Olivia Doko, Joan Clark Houk, Kathleen Kunster, Bridget Mary Meehan, Roberta Meehan, Dana Reynolds, Kathy Sullivan Vandenberg were ordained as Roman Catholic priests.  Four deacons were also ordained at the ordination.  The ordination took place on a riverboat in Pittsburgh, PA.  

On the day of the ordination, Joan Houk said she hoped that as priest she would be able to  “Connect with people who are Catholic who have walked away or are not participating…”  Today there are approximately 180 RCWP members worldwide; more than 150 of these women are located in the United States.  Roman Catholic Womenpriests are ministering in house and parish communities, perform weddings, baptisms and funerals; are chaplains and offer sacraments to the sick and elderly, serve the homeless and provide spiritual direction and retreats.    

The movement within the Church began in Germany with the ordination of seven women on the Danube River in 2002, by male Roman Catholic Bishops and in 2003 two of the “Danube 7” were ordained Bishops. 

RCWP rejects Canon law that does not allow women to be ordained priest today.  Many historians and theologians can provide evidence that women were ordained Deacons, Priests, and Bishops in the early church.  In addition, in 1970, because of the Soviet Bloc, a Czech Bishop ordained women to serve in the women’s prisons where men could not go.

 You can help us continue to prepare and ordain women by making a donation to RCWP-USA today.

Read More about the Historic Day:

 Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Group Ordains 8 women as Priests.

 The Washington Post: Reclaiming the Femine Spirit in the Catholic Priesthood.  

 

While Pope Francis keeps the door shut, more women seek ordination

Monday, December 16, 2013

In September of this year, Juan Arias, a journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País, started rumors that, even though Pope Francis had reiterated his predecessor John Paul II's assertion that the door was closed on the question of women's ordination, there might be a route open for the pontiff to appoint the first woman cardinal. Although the Vatican immediately denied these assertions, the media swirled with the speculation and names of prominent Catholic laywomen who might be suitable candidates.

READ MORE see: http://iglesiadescalza.blogspot.be/2013/12/while-pope-francis-keeps-door-shut-more.html

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Kalamazoo bishop warns Catholics not to participate in 'Womenpriest' ordination ceremony

May 27, 2014

Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoo is warning Catholics not to participate in a ceremony Saturday in which a Three Oaks woman will be ordained by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

The May 31 ceremony for Lillian Lewis, 75, will be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. The ceremony will be conducted by Joan Houk, a Womenpriests bishop...

READ MORE see: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2014/05/kalamazoo_bishop_warns_catholi.html

 

While Pope Francis keeps the door shut, more women seek ordination

Monday, December 16, 2013

In September of this year, Juan Arias, a journalist for the Spanish newspaper El País, started rumors that, even though Pope Francis had reiterated his predecessor John Paul II's assertion that the door was closed on the question of women's ordination, there might be a route open for the pontiff to appoint the first woman cardinal. Although the Vatican immediately denied these assertions, the media swirled with the speculation and names of prominent Catholic laywomen who might be suitable candidates.

READ MORE see: http://iglesiadescalza.blogspot.be/2013/12/while-pope-francis-keeps-door-shut-more.html

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Roman Catholic Women Priests Congratulate Pope Francis 
March 13, 2013
Worldwide members of the international movement of Roman Catholic Women Priests send our heartfelt congratulations to Pope Francis.

We sincerely welcome him with our prayers and hopes for the future of the Roman Catholic Church. We look forward to the birth of a new era that promotes the inclusion of the voices of women, the poor and all others marginalized by society.

Our hope is for a vigorous renewal of pastoral Church leadership living the Gospel of Jesus the Christ.

We bless our new pope and pray with him. May God be with you, Pope Francis.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests
PBS, July 11, 2012

Less Pope, More Jesus

Call to Action Conference, November 2012

We Cannot Wait for the Church to Change



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