Maureen Andrew (deceased, 2015)
Barbara Ann Beadles
Judy Beaumont (deceased, 2018)
Donna Burke
Gloria Ray Carpeneto
Theresa Novak Chabot

Gertrude Chen
Jacqueline (Jackie) Mary Clarys
Marie David
Sharon R. Dickinson
Eileen McCafferty DiFranco
Erma Durkin
D. Alexandra Dyer
Judith Bautista Fajardo
Claire I. Gareau (deceased, 2018)
Norma Harrington
Andrea M. Johnson
Caryl Johnson

Pat Shannon Jones
Patricia La Rosa
Judy Lee
Eda Lorello
Jean Marie Marchant
Marellen M. Mayers
Marina Teresa Sanchez Mejia
Ann C. Penick
Maryrose Petrizzo
Ann Ralston

Chava (Michelle) Redonnet
Marilyn E. Rondeau
Mary Ryan
Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez
Susan Marie Schessler
Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly (deceased, 2014)
Kathleen Gibbons Schuck

Ann Therese Searing
Mary Steinmetz

Gabriella Velardi Ward
Two catacomb priests
Three candidates for ordination

 

Maureen Andrews

Maureen Andrew
Ordained:
Deacon 2013
Priest 2013
Deceased 2015
Maureen came to the United States from Australia in the summer of 1986. She received her Master's Degree in Clinical Pastoral Counseling at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA in 1992. During and after her studies, Maureen worked at a community health clinic, where she ministered with clients through prayer and listening and pastoral care. Among her clients were families who had lost children to violence – through drugs, gangs, and drive by shootings. Maureen visited homes in the neighborhood, including one where she prayed with a 14 year old girl who had been left to die by a savage knife attack in a park near public housing where she lived. Over the years, Maureen developed a passion for issues related to social justice – advocating in her community for decent housing, affordable health care, quality education and enough for everyone to eat – as well as in nurturing the spirits of those she served. Maureen has served as Episcopal Chaplain for the Diocese of Boston, for members of their faith tradition living with the HIV/AIDS. Again, she visited clients in their homes and in hospitals; and ministered to their parents who, at this time in our country’s growing understanding of the AIDS epidemic, were filled with shame for what they considered to be their sons’ abhorrent lifestyles. Maureen continued her deep commitment to persons with AIDS, and to the LGBTQ community. As A Roman Catholic Woman Priest, Maureen’s ministry focused on serving as Outreach Minister to the LGBTQ Community on behalf of her faith community, The Spirit of Life: A Catholic Community of Justice & Joy. In this ministry, Maureen tended to the spiritual and pastoral needs of elderly men and women in the LGBTQ community who might not otherwise be open to the ministry of a Roman Catholic priest. Maureen’s gifts in the realm of grief counseling, compassionate listening, and heartfelt companioning to those who were lonely or isolated were a blessing to all she ministered to and with. Maureen shared her life and deep love with her spouse and companion of 29 years, Nancy Stephens. All who knew Maureen were touched by her passionate love of Jesus and all humanity, and her boundless sense of humor. She died in 2015 and is missed by all.

Barbara Beadles

Barbara Ann Beadles

Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Barbara Ann Beadles holds a Master of Arts in Religious Studies from The Catholic University of America in Washington DC.  Barbara has been involved in religious education since 1968. She worked in parochial schools in Kentucky and Maryland.  As pastoral associate, she worked with adults in RCIA education and adults whose children were being baptized and making first communion.  Her particular interest is ministry with marginalized Catholics and as a Hospice volunteer.  Barbara resides in Silver Spring MD with her husband Jim.  Barbara may be reached at jbead92536@aol.com.
Description: Judy Beaumont

Judy Beaumont
Ordained:
Deacon 2011
Priest 2012
Dceased 2018

Judy Beaumont led her entire life in service to God's people. She entered the Benedictine Sisters of Chicago at seventeen and remained a Benedictine in loving service for 35 years. She was a teacher, director of religious education, refugee worker resettling Vietnamese refugees and a peace activist. She attained a bachelor's degree from Mundelein College and a MRE degree from Loyola University. In 1981 she left Chicago for Connecticut to participate in the anti-nuclear peace movement near Groton and in 1982 was a member of the Trident Nein Plowshares Action. When released from prison she also helped establish My Sisters' Place, a shelter and four tier program for homeless women and children and mentally ill women and men in Hartford, Connecticut. She and Judy Lee, (also a Roman Catholic womanpriest) and her partner in ministry and life since 1989, left Connecticut for Fort Myers Florida in 1998. Judy then began work in a mission parish and later served as Director of Faith Formation for a large parish. In 2003, she helped establish Good Shepherd Ministries of SW Florida and continues to serve the poor and homeless of greater Fort Myers. She was Co-Pastor of The Church of the Good Shepherd: An Inclusive Catholic Community and was active with the local chapter of Call to Action.

Judy Beaumont was loved by a large community consisting of her biological family – with many nieces and nephews who noted that she shaped their own lives of service and compassion – and extended family consisting of the "foster" children she helped to raise, their families, and her formerly homeless and church families in Chicago, Connecticut and Fort Myers, Florida. Judy’s legacy of self-giving service to Christ and the poor, the homeless and the brokenhearted continues on in the lives of those to whom she offered her full measure of love & compassion, concern & respect, welcome and inclusion.

Donna Burke
Donna E. Burke
Ordained
Deacon 2017
Priest 2018
Donna felt the call at the age of 7 when she told her mother that she wanted to be a priest. A cradle Catholic, Donna  attended both a Catholic grammar school and Catholic high school. She is a recent graduate of Catholic Distance University where she attained an MA of Theology in Scripture Studies. Donna is currently a student at Andover Newton Theological School where she hopes to graduate with her MDiv degree in 2019. Her goal is to further her education through the completion of her DMin degree. Once ordained to the priesthood, Donna looks forward to hospice ministry with patients and family members of those who are nearing the end of their lives.  Donna grew up in Fall River, MA (home of Lizzie Borden) and has one brother and  three fantastic nephews. She currently resides in Amherst, NH with her partner, Sue, and their wonderful little puppy Malik (May – Lick) who is a 120 pound, long haired, German shepherd.

Gloria Ray-Carpeneto

Gloria Ray-Carpeneto

Ordained:
Deacon 2007
Priest 2008
Gloria Ray-Carpeneto, D.Min., Ph.D., is a spiritual director, labyrinth facilitator, Reiki Master, writer, and teacher. In the late 90’s, Gloria conducted her doctoral dissertation research on the embodiment of spirituality in women.  Growing out of that research, she has ministered primarily with women – individually and in groups – for more than twenty years. Gloria has served as Pastoral Associate for Holistic Health Ministry in two Roman Catholic faith communities. She has been an instructor in Psychology, Nursing, and Early Childhood Education at Villa Julie College (now Stevenson University), and advisor to doctoral students’ dissertation committees at University of MD College Park. Gloria’s Ph.D. is in Human Development, and her D. Min. is in Spiritual Direction with a research focus on Ignatian Spirituality in Everyday Living. Gloria founded and served as Executive Director of the Friends of the Northeast Interfaith Peace Garden, a community garden and labyrinth located in an urban setting, dedicated to interfaith peacemaking. Together with Andrea Johnson, Gloria currently  co-pastors the Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community in Baltimore MD. Gloria was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in Boston MA on July 20, 2008, and lives in Baltimore MD with Myles, her husband of 48 years. Myles & Gloria are the parents of Robin and Penelope; grandparents to Prema, Uriah, Venus and Salvador; and great grandparents to Zyra and Ariah. Gloria may be reached at gcarpeneto@comcast.net
Theresa Novak Chabot

Theresa Novak Chabot
Ordained:
Deacon 2009
Priest 2010
After several years of serving in a variety of parish ministries, Theresa answered the call to priesthood to minister to those who have become disillusioned with the Church but who still long to be fed spiritually. Her priestly ministry has included the celebration of weekend Masses as well as weddings and baptisms in settings not limited to a church building. Feeling especially called to offer comfort and presence to those whose loved ones have died, she officiates Catholic and spiritual funerals and celebrations of life for practicing and non-practicing Catholics, persons of other faith traditions, and those with no religious affiliation at all. Theresa holds a Master of Arts in Theology with a concentration in Pastoral Ministry/Spirituality from Saint Michael’s College in Vermont as well as a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Formerly Director of Development for New Hampshire Catholic Charities and an executive director of a chamber of commerce, she has held professional positions in the areas of communications, business development, and fundraising, and has worked extensively as a speech-language pathologist and consultant in educational and healthcare settings. A native of New Hampshire, she and her husband, Gary, reside in beautiful Mid-Coast Maine. She can be reached at tnovakchabot@comcast.net
Gertrude Chen 
Gertrude Chen
Ordained
Deacon 2017
Priest 2017
Gertrude Chen was ordained a deacon and priest in Baltimore MD in July 2017. Gertrude is Chinese, lives in Taiwan, and is presently studying Traditional Chinese Medicine. Gertrude has served an assistant professor and has taught social work at the University.
Jackie Clarys

Jackie Clarys 
Ordained:
Deacon 2015
Priest 2016
For Jackie, a lifetime interest in spirituality/religion and her career in music together formed a natural entryway to the formal study of theology. Subsequently, through the nurture and support from members of her RCWP-led church community, the Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community of central Maryland, she was able to recognize her later-life call to ordained ministry. Born to a large, caring, and faithful Roman Catholic family where her spirituality was given its foundation, Jackie’s musical gifts were fostered early on by her parents, teachers, and through private piano lessons with the Benedictine Sisters (OSB). Her professional life in music has included a vocal performance career of nearly 25 years in the U.S. Army; teaching; and currently, music ministry for liturgies, weddings, funerals, and patriotic/veteran’s events. Jackie is a certified teacher of Godly Play, and serves as a Chaplain Intern through the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program, Spiritual Care Department, Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Vocal Music Education from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead; a Master of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; and a Master of Arts in Theology from the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. She and her husband, Daniel M. Hopkins, make their home in Catonsville, Maryland, where their son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren live nearby. Jackie can be reached at jmclarys@gmail.com
Marie David
Marie David
Ordained:
Deacon 2005
Priest 2005
 
Marie David, M.Ed. was ordained to the priesthood on July 25, 2005 on the St. Laurent Seaway. She has served as a Director of Religious Education Programming and as a consultant for the Sadlier Publishing Company as well as a contributing author to their Religious Education series. She has been a presenter for numerous workshops on women's spirituality and wellness, and early childhood faith development.  As a parent and grandparent she has designed and implemented programs for Liturgy of the Word for Children and in the Spirituality of Parenting.   Marie is a Spiritual Director, Retreat Leader and offers Reiki Treatments and Training through Evensong Ministries, LLC.  As a Reiki Master/Teacher, Marie brings a unique integration of Eastern and Western spirituality to her work with others. She and her husband Jim are co-pastors of St. Mary of Magdala Church which gathers for worship at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 310 Rt. 137 in E. Harwich, MA.  Marie is the author of Sacred Heart Songs (Balboa Press, 2013).  Marie can be reached at revmariedavid@gmail.com.

Sharon Dickinson
Ordained:
Deacon 2015
Priest 2016
Sharon Dickinson felt the call to ministry in her early teens. Prior to her introduction to the RCWP movement, she was an active lay minister, serving as lector, children's liturgy leader, prison volunteer, adult faith formation coordinator and presenter, and co-leader of a house church. Sharon is a wife and a proud mother of three adult children. She has a Master of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School and is a chaplain at Hallmark Health VNA and Hospice in Malden, MA, as well as North Shore Medical Center in Salem MA. Her priestly ordination was April 23, 2016. Sharon is currently discerning next steps for her ministry as RCWP priest. Sharon can be reached on chaplainsharondickinson@yahoo.com

Eileen McCafferty DiFranco
Ordained:
Deacon 2006
Priest 2006
Eileen McCafferty DiFranco,  R.N., M.A.Ed., M.Div., is an ordained Roman Catholic Womanpriest who co-pastors The Community of St. Mary Magdalene in Drexel Hill, Pa. She is the first woman to preside at Dignity, Philadelphia. Recently retired from the School District of Philadelphia, Eileen is a blogger for "The Philadelphia Public School Notebook" and a contributor to Southeastern Pennsylvania Women's Ordination Conference newsletter, "Equal wRites. She is currently working on a book entitled, "How To Keep Your Parish Alive When Your Pastor Declares It Dead." She also serves as the chair of the Denominational Concerns committee with the Federation of Christian Ministries. Eileen resides with her husband Larry in Philadelphia. Contact Eileen on emdifranco@aol.com
Erma Durkin 
Erma Durkin
Ordained
Deacon 2017
Priest 2018
For twenty years, I was a member of a Religious Congregation that focused on Religious Education for those at the margins. Ministry was offered through visiting every home within the parish to which I was assigned, and not only the homes of Roman Catholic parishioners. As a religious, I was assigned to a different Mission every two years. I served in  Cambridge MD, South San Antonio TX, Belle, WV, Grand Junction, CO, Trenton, NJ, and finally in several parishes in the barrios outside San Juan and Santurce, Puerto Rico. At the end of my life in Religious Community, I graduated with my BS SS from Loyola College, Baltimore MD. Building a home and a family in North Baltimore County, I became a member of the Parish Council in 1976, and served as Representative of the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine(CCD) on that Council. Since that time, and up until the present (2017), I have been engaged in the Religious Education activities of my parish, especially those which impinged upon Women’s Reproductive Rights, GLBTQ understanding, and Ordination of Women. I am a widow since 2002, have three adult children, all married, and two Grandchildren. My spiritual life is nourished by membership in the Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community, pastored by RCWP Priests.
D. Alexandra Dyer
D. Alexandra Dyer
Ordained:
Deacon 2013
Priest 2014
D. Alexandra Dyer perceived a call to the priesthood at the age of seven, which lead to a decades long and spiritually rich journey through a number of faith traditions. Finding RCWP gave me confirmation that I truly could answer that early call to priesthood, and return home after half a century. I have always been active in my local parish and I see my ministry as particularly with those who are marginalized or rejected by society and oppressive power structures.  I am a relentless advocate for animals, working to end all forms of abuse.  I have a love of the mystery and sacredness in the rituals of our faith and the development of contemporary liturgical expression.  I firmly believe in the full articulation of the feminine in divinity, and our capacity to connect with the wisdom of the divine.  Praxis, faith in action, is a guiding principle for me, along with an attentiveness to the leading of the Spirit. Educationally, I earned my BA at Barnard College where I majored in Philosophy & Religion.  I attended Union Theological Seminary (NY) for my M.Div., where my Master’s thesis focused on the Gnostic Implications of the Gospel of John, and then the Columbia University School of Business earning my MBA and a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management.  I am currently preparing to begin the Certificate program in Spiritual Direction at General Theological Seminary.  Having been ordained through RCWP to the transitional Diaconate in April 2013, priestly ordination is scheduled for May 2014.  I am a native New Yorker, proud of my Italian and Albanian descent, who has worked within not-for-profit human service and social justice organizations for the past almost four decades. I have the joy of being in a committed relationship with my partner of almost eight years, Nelson Padilla.  We live in Queens, New York with our three cats and a menagerie of birds, raccoons, and other creatures who wander, and are welcomed, into our yard.
Judith Bautista Fajardo
Judith Bautista Fajardo
Ordained
Deacon 2014
Priest 2014
Judith lives in Bogota- Colombia and is a poet and singer. Much of her music and poetry is inspired by scripture, as well as her understanding of the role of spirit in human development. She is Licensed in Philosophy and Letters through the University of Saint Thomas, and she has studied Theology, Biblical Scripture and Spirituality. Her Ph.D. is in Education, focusing on affective processes and transpersonal psychology. Since 1987 Judith has taught scripture studies and done  pastoral ministry  with women and youth.

Currently, she is offering psychotherapeutic and spiritual direction, while she remains engaged in artistic creation. Every year, Judith visits groups, movements and parishes with poetry readings, musical recitals, workshops on human development and prayer concerts, offering with her words and music a way of meeting with God in life.

Some of Judith’s publications as writer and composer include: Danzando la resurrección de los cuerpos. Rutas de autocuidado y autosanación Energética, 2015, Destellos de Tormenta Azul- Poetry, 2012; Desacostúmbrame, 2009; Como Espada de Dos Filos, 2002. And she  has worked collaboratively as well: Minga de la Esperanza, 2012; Palabras para el Encuentro, 2011, Mesa de Fraternidad, 2005¸Las 7 Palabras de Jesús en la cruz, 2000; Celebremos en el Espíritu-Misa de Pentecostés,1998 Con Toda la gente, Cantos para la Iglesia Joven de América Latina, 1993; Qué Chévere es Dios, Novena de Navidad Para Niños, 1993.

You can communicate with Judith by mail: senda.interior@gmail.com or visit her web page: www.judithbautistafajardo.com
Claire Gareau
Claire Gareau

Ordained:
Deacon 2015
Priest 2016
Deceased 2018
Sadly, our sister, Claire Irene Gareau transitioned to a new life in March 2018.

Claire Irene Gareau, a cradle Catholic, knew in the third grade she would join the School Sisters of Notre Dame.  Entering directly from high school, Claire, then Sister Marie Jean Gareau, SSND, continued her education at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland earning a B.A. in Biology, while teaching seventh grade, and subsequently high school biology.  Like many other religious sisters shortly after Vatican II, Claire decided to leave the convent.

In 1970, Claire began a 25-year career with the New York Telephone Company.  Even though, she enjoyed each of the positions she held there, in 1995 Claire took an early retirement package, which resulted from the divesture of AT&T and its operating companies.

It wasn’t long before Claire realized full time retirement was not for her.  She volunteered for her town’s First Aid Squad and found being an EMT very rewarding.  Claire also did volunteer work for Habitat for Humanity in Belize.  Two part-time jobs followed which she thoroughly enjoyed.

Throughout her adult life, Claire traveled the world extensively with her longtime best friend, Virginia O’Sullivan.

In 2011, Claire decided to return to school full time to study theology, which she had wanted to do in the 1960s.  She quickly earned an MA in Theology at Seton Hall University, where she attended many classes with seminarians preparing to serve in the Archdiocese of Newark.

While attending a Call To Action conference, Claire was introduced to Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP).  When she learned that Mary Ann Schoettly, RCWP, founded an intentional eucharistic community, Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, about 25 miles from her home, Claire began attending Sunday Mass there. Sophia quickly became Claire’s faith community.

After the sudden and unexpected death of its founder in 2014, the members of Sophia asked Claire to consider pursuing ordination through Roman Catholic Women Priests.  Claire answered the call of the community.  On April 23, 2016, Claire was ordained by Bishop Andrea Johnson, bishop for the Eastern Region of RCWP – USA, at the Church of the Redeemer in Morristown, NJ.  Claire served as co-pastor of the Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community, along with Michael Corso, until her death.

In addition to serving Sophia, Claire, a member of AA for 25 years, found creative ways to minister to those in 12 Step Programs and to those marginalized by the institutional church.
Norma (Keene) Harrington
Norma Harrington

Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Norma (Keefe) Harrington felt God’s call as an eighteen year old but was unable to respond until 2006 when she learned of the women’s ordination movement. A cradle Catholic, educated by a traditional order of religious sisters, Norma has been active in parish work in Michigan where she grew up, and in the Boston area as well. Married to Jim for forty-six years, she and Jim have recently moved to Nashua NH. Norma is the mother of three and also a grandmother. She has a Master’s degree in Nursing and is a semi-retired Hospice Nurse. She received a Master’s degree in Theological Studies in 2012, specializing in feminist theology. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, gardening, yoga, running and reading. Contact Norma at fortitude46@gmail.com
Andrea M. Johnson

Andrea M. Johnson

Ordained:
Deacon 2005
Priest 2007
Bishop 2009
Andrea M. Johnson, a former program officer in international education exchange with the Senior Fulbright Scholars’ Program, has worked for many years, and in several dioceses, as a religious educator at the adult and secondary levels. In the 1980’s, she served for two years as a parish life director in a priestless parish of the military diocese. Always active in her parish communities, she served from 2004-2006 on the pastoral council of her current parish, as president during the second year of her term. An active member of the Women’s Ordination Conference since 1984, she served that organization as executive director from 1996-2000. Andrea’s educational background includes a BA in French from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, an MA in diplomacy and international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and an M.Div. from Global Ministries University. Her particular interest is ministry with marginalized and underserved Catholics. She can be reached at amjohnson1969@gmail.com
Caryl Johnson

Caryl Conroy Johnson

Ordained:
Deacon 2010
Priest 2011
Caryl is involved in pastoral and interfaith ministry.  She co-pastors the St. Mary Magdalene Community, an intentional catholic community in Drexel Hill, PA and is a member of the Upper Darby Ministerium.  She is also a spiritual director and leads retreats and theological reflection groups.  For 15 years Caryl had served as Pastoral Associate at St. Francis of Assisi Church, Springfield, PA, working in bereavement, ministry to the sick, youth ministry, worship, and interfaith events.  Prior to that she was a CYO basketball coach and was involved in liturgical ministries and marriage preparation.  She has an M. A. in Religious Studies, St. Charles Seminary and an M. S. in Spiritual Direction, Neumann University.  Caryl is happily married with 3 adult children.
Patricia Shannon Jones 

Patricia Shannon Jones

Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Pat has a Master's Degree in Adulthood and Aging Studies from Notre Dame of Maryland University. She is a registered nurse and retired nursing home administrator in the State of Maryland. She has completed the Parish Nursing Certificate Program at the Ecumenical Institute (EI) of Saint Mary’s Seminary and University, and continues to pursue courses in Pastoral Care at the EI. Pat has more than 20 years’ experience in the development and management of research projects. During her research career, she worked at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine,  the University of Maryland School of Medicine, an International Clinical Research Organization, ran her own clinical trials management company, and worked as a consultant with the University of Maryland Institute of Human Virology where she was responsible for operational support of an institutional strengthening grant in Haiti. In addition, Pat has spent the last two years working with immigrant families through the Immigration Outreach Service Center (IOSC) in the St. Matthew Church community in Baltimore city. She assumed the role of Director in 2013. She has lead the IOSC in the development of new programs and has spent the past year organizing the local immigrant community to build power in the community in order to take action on important issues that affect immigrants in the Baltimore area and the region. Contact Pat on pshanjones@me.com


Patricia (Patti) La Rosa
Ordained:
Deacon 2010
Priest 2011
Patricia La Rosa prefers to be called “Patti,” as it reminds her of her family of origin, a tight-knit Italian-American family with lots of aunts, uncles and cousins.  She spent 22 years in a married relationship, raising two daughters. Patti recognized her call to ordained ministry in 1989 and pursued it by working toward a Master of Arts in Theology while serving as a Pastoral Associate in a Rochester NY parish.  She also worked in hospice and loved the hours spent with families and caring for their dying loved ones. Patti spent 4 years exploring the possibility of ordination through the Episcopal Church, but discovered her Catholic roots and commitment while attending Union Theological Seminary in Manhattan. She graduated with a Master of Divinity in 2007, and became affiliated with Roman Catholic Womenpriests during her two years in Manhattan. Patti currently lives in Rochester NY and is active in her home parish of Spiritus Christi Church.  She also works with Dignity-Integrity and with a newly forming inclusive community called Spiritus Christi Buffalo. Contact Patti at RevPattiLaRosa@gmail.com and read her blog at www.thecatholicplace.org.
Judy Lee

Judy Lee
Ordained:
Deacon 2008
Priest 2008
Judith A. B. Lee, DMin, MS, DSW is the Pastoral Director of Good Shepherd Ministries serving the culturally diverse poor of Southwest Florida.  Called to serve early, she continues to follow Jesus whose inclusive love, call of women, and revolutionary poor people’s movement turns the world, including the religious establishment, upside down.  She combines her social work background with healing and liberating ministry with the poor and all who are outcast. Since 2008 she and Judy Beaumont, RCWP, her awe-inspiring partner, are Co-Pastors of The Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community of Fort Myers, Florida.   She is Professor Emerita at the University of Connecticut and is a prolific writer whose work includes Come By Here: Church with the Poor, (2010, PublishAmerica.com, now AmericaStar Books.com);  Ven Aqui: La Iglesia De Los Pobres (2014, AmericaStarBooks.com); The Empowerment Approach To Social Work Practice: Building the Beloved Community (Columbia University Press, 2001); The Flame Keeper And Other Poems (PublishAmerica, 2007); and The House on Sunny Street- My Two Brooklyns: with an Epilogue of Blessings (2013, PublishAmerica.com now America StarBooks.com).  Her blog is judyabl.wordpress.com and she can be reached at judyabl@embarqmail.com
Eda Lorello

Eda Lorello
Ordained:
Deacon 2013

Priest
2013
Eda Lorello graduated from Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, NY with her MA in Theology. She also has an MS in Pastoral Counseling from the Iona College in New Rochelle NY. Eda is certified as a Mid-Life/Long Life Directions Consultant,  and as a Spiritual Director. She has trained in Music and Imagery, Mandala Assessment, and is a Reiki Master as well.  Eda has served in parish ministry for 40 years, in both professional and support staff positions. As Pastoral Associate in a parish, Eda has served as Director of Religious Formation for Children & Adults, as well as Peace & Justice Activities Coordinator. She has offered workshops and retreats at spiritual centers on the East Coast of the U.S., and in Ireland. As a member of Pax Christi, Eda has served on that organization’s  Executive  Council. For many years, Eda has been in ministry with women, with persons with AIDS, and with those in hospice care.  Now retired from parish ministry, she continues with Spiritual Direction, Pastoral Counseling and teaching when called upon, the latest being a four week workshop on Thomas Merton in a local bookstore. Eda is also the mother of five sons and two daughters and nine grandchildren.
Jean Marie Marchant

Jean Marie Marchant

Ordained:
Deacon 2005
Priest 2005
Jean Marie Marchant M.Div., D.Min., ordained to the priesthood on July 25, 2005 on the St. Lawrence Seaway, holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Pastoral Counseling from the Graduate Theological Foundation. Licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist, Jean is a Reiki Master, Certified Chaplain and holds a Certificate in Spiritual Direction. She is the former Director of Health Care Ministry for the Archdiocese of Boston, and as an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic Womanpriest movement, her ministry of pastoral care, counseling and spiritual direction is now enriched by her sacramental ministry. She has ministered over the past 30 years to people navigating a myriad of challenges and transitions across the spectrum of life, primarily as an interfaith hospice chaplain where it has been her gift to accompany people living and dying with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life threatening illnesses, adults facing issues of spiritual and emotional health, and those grieving the death of a loved one.  Her years in the early 1990’s as chaplain at The Hospice at Mission Hill, a residence for people with HIV/AIDS, deepened her awareness of the concerns of those in the LGBTQ community, and this sacred witness has profoundly informed her ministry.  As a bereaved parent, with a special place in her heart for grieving children, Jean co-founded The Children’s Room: A Center for Grieving Children & Teenagers. The mother of two adult daughters, and grandmother of five, Jean has a passion for justice and for empowering women and men in their search for wholeness and holy-ness in their lives, she brings this to bear in her ministry as spiritual director, chaplain and pastor. Jean and her husband of 25 years, Rev. Dr. Ron Hindelang are the Co-Pastors of The Spirit of Life:  A Catholic Community of Justice and Joy, a Eucharistic Community that is inclusive, open, affirming and interactive, deeply committed to being a people of 'Justice and Joy' where all are truly welcome at the table!  Visit us at: www.SpiritofLifeCommunity.org
Marellen M. Mayers

Marellen M. Mayers
Ordained:
Deacon 2010
Priest 2011
Marellen M. Mayers, M.A., grew up the eldest of five children living in Baltimore MD and Chicago IL. Her ministry in the Roman Catholic Church began with religious life from 1975 to 1980. For the past 37 years Marellen has worked in the fields of social work, health, education and ministry. From 1988 to 2010, her professional life was as a Director of Campus Ministry, dedicated to working with middle school, high school, and undergraduate students. Marellen also taught Theology on the high school level and served as a department chair. She earned a Master’s degree in Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut Hill College. Marellen is a Spiritual Director having studied at Shalem Institute. Her expertise continues in the field of retreat work; she is a certified Facilitator for Bereavement support groups; and she works as a certified Reiki II practitioner. She and her husband, Craig Mayers, were married in 1986 and reside in Forest Hill, Maryland. Marellen can be reached at marellenm@gmail.com
Marina Sanchez Mejia

Marina Teresa Sanchez Mejia Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2014
Marina Teresa Sanchez Mejia is married and has two sons and a granddaughter. She was born in Colombia in 1967. She has pursued the cause of human rights, justice for women and for Colombians of African descent her whole life. Her degrees are in early childhood and community education and in theology. In the 1990's she participated in global women's conferences in Brazil, Vienna and Beijing, China. She has worked with local priests in several base communities and was a missionary to Ecuador for three years where she studied Theology and served women and children and other marginalized persons. Since 2005 she has animated, represented and served a very large community of Afro-Colombians, Consejo Comunitario Ancestral de Negritudes, near Playa Reciente, near the Cauco River in Cali. As Marina Teresa gathers with this community around the Eucharistic table, they will reflect the liberating presence of God at work for justice on the altars of their lives.
Email: smarinateresa@yahoo.com.co

Ann Penick

Ann Penick
Ordained:
Deacon 2010
Priest 2011
Ann Penick is originally from the Chicago area. She and her husband, Jim, live in Maryland near Washington, DC. They have been married for 25 years. Ann has long been an active member of the Roman Catholic Church. She has done ministry volunteer work as a music minister, minister in sacred dance, retreat facilitator, a member of the liturgy team at various parishes where she’s been a member, and a member of welcoming and hospitality committees. In 1993 Ann received a certification in lay ministry from the Diocese of Birmingham, in Alabama. In 1995 Ann received a Masters in Counseling degree from the University of Birmingham in Alabama. In 1997 she completed 3 units in CPE at Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. In 2008, Ann received her Masters in Pastoral Ministry degree from Boston College. Ann served as chaplain to college students from1997-2008—with the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina and with the Archdiocese of Boston. She came face-to-face with her calling to the priesthood in 2005 at the WOW conference in Canada. She has been supported in her journey to the priesthood by Jim, her step-daughter, Katie, her step-son, Mike, and her brother, Rob. Currently, Ann works as a mental health counselor at a Maryland community college. In her spare time Ann enjoys music, dance, travel, her granddaughter Meg, and their cat, Numbers. Ann can be reached at annpenick1932@gmail.com

Maryrose Petrizzo

Maryrose Petrizzo

Ordained
Deacon 2013
Priest 2014
Maryrose Petrizzo is an ordained Inter-faith Minister, who has served in Catholic parish ministry for more than 25 years. Her service has included youth and young adult ministry, retreat direction for youth and adults, and catechists’ instruction. Maryrose has served as  Formation Director for Secular Franciscans,  as a Certified Spiritual Director, and as a Certified Life-Cycle Celebrant®. She is an accomplished public speaker and an experienced "Master of Ceremonies."  Maryrose has a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling, and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Ministry.  For the last four years, Maryrose has been actively participating and serving in an Intentional Catholic Community in Philadelphia and is leading the formation of a new community in Delaware.  In addition, Maryrose creates and officiates custom ceremonies for those who do not have a church affiliation or are not welcome in a church, and she has specialized in same-sex weddings and civil unions.

Maryrose can be reached at maryrose60@comcast.net

Ann Ralston

Ann Ralston
Ordained
Deacon 2016
Priest 2016
Ann Ralston was born in Cape Town, South Africa in 1936, and has lived there most of her life. She joined the Pallottine Sisters in 1962, and in the late 70's completed her medical degree, going on to work in State clinics during the years of apartheid. Ann also taught in an adult education night school in one of South Africa’s black townships.  Over the years, she has served as spiritual companion to many. Ann has always enjoyed hiking in South Africa’s mountains and coastland, and has deep love for South Africa’s plants, animals and birds.  Now retired from her medical practice, she lives in a cottage with a small garden and view direct on to mountains. Ann will serve in priestly ministry with Rev. Mary Ryan, another RCWP priest in South Africa. They are both in discernment with a small faith community as to how to move orward, and what ministries will open up to Ann. Contact Ann on eannral@gmail.com

Chava Redonnet

Chava Redonnet

Ordained:
Deacon 2009
Priest 2010
Chava Redonnet is the pastor of Oscar Romero Inclusive Catholic Church, which meets in the dining room of the Rochester Catholic Worker, and of Iglesia de San Romero, a migrant community west of Rochester. She also works as a chaplain at St John’s Nursing Home in Rochester, and at Strong Memorial Hospital. For 30 years Chava was a member of the Corpus/Spiritus Christi community in Rochester. A graduate of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, she is the author of Standing in the Light, an account of the 1998 upheaval at Corpus Christi, and the formation of Spiritus Christi, and of Don’t Forget to Breathe Glory,  and Bound in a River of Light. Chava has three grown daughters, Clare, Bridget and Emily. You can reach Chava at chava@localnet.com
Marilyn Rondeau

Marilyn Rondeau
Ordained
Deacon 2016
Priest 2017
Marilyn E. Rondeau, Ed.D., is a native of Greenfield, Massachusetts. After college, she moved to Maryland where she spent her career in teaching and administration in parochial and public schools. Currently, she serves as director of Administrative I programs on the university level. She felt the “tug, tug, tug” toward priesthood from a very early age. When she was introduced to Living Water Inclusive Catholic Community in Baltimore, she knew that her inner voice drawing her toward priestly ministry had found a home. Marilyn received her Ed.D. and M.S. in Urban Educational Leadership from Morgan State University, a M.Th. from Global Ministries University, a B.A. in History from the College of Our Lady of the Elms, and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Education with a concentration in Guidance and Counseling from Johns Hopkins University. In ministry, she will use her service-oriented background to foster social justice that benefits the disenfranchised. Marilyn can be reached at docrondeau@aol.com

Mary Ryan

Mary Ryan
Ordained:
Deacon 2013
Priest 2014
Mary holds a doctorate in Theological Ethics, an Honours degree in Religious Studies and a post graduate teaching qualification. More recently she has trained and worked as a home-based carer in the UK.
She has taught courses in Feminist Spirituality, Ethics, and Pastoral Care and Counselling at university, run a Community based Life Skills programme with women and teenage girls, and authored and co-authored a number of books. Her current writing project addresses violence and healing for women in the South African context.
Currently, Mary runs a Caring Consultancy in Cape Town which facilitates the relationship between Carers and families of those needing care. This work includes mentoring and self-care retreats for carers which are fun, restorative and engage some of the ethical and spiritual needs in the caring relationship.
Her liturgical and spiritual community is a group of women from different communities in the Cape, who meet monthly to pray, laugh and support one another in different ministries. Mary is married to a very special man, Alan and is mother to four wonderful sons and one daughter in law, and is a grandmother to one with a second on the way. You can reach her at drmaryryan@gmail.com

Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez

Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez

Ordained:
Deacon 2017
Priest 2017
Rev. Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez has given life-long service to the young, the elderly, and poor and indigenous populations. She was a religious Sister with the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul from 1983-1996 when she left to assist her family. Her formal degrees (her Licentiate) are in Primary Education. She also has a recent advanced degree in educational computer technology. She has additional studies in working with youth, social services, and educational administration. She has done extensive mission work in the poorest communities, rural and urban. In 2007, she also was ordained as a priest in the Fraternidad Eucaristica de Jesus, a movement founded by former Salesian RC priests in the Apostolic Catholic tradition. She received theological training and religious formation from the founders of this Community who are accepted theologians and teachers in the progressive Catholic Community. She began her journey with RCWP in 2013 and was ordained a priest in 2017. She continues with her ministry in her community serving 40-50 community members and meeting regularly with groups for prayer services at their homes.

Rvda. Maria Elena Sierra Sanchez, RCWP has reflected much on our healing roles in the community of the faithful, praying with the elderly, the sick and the dying and those in need of reconciliation including the youth who are shot in the violent warfare in Colombia. She was blessed with the capacity to listen and to put herself in the shoes of others, no matter who they are or what kind of lives they led.

As a Head Teacher in a primary school, she is on the front lines in the violence experienced in her poor community. Her way is to live and teach love and peace. Her school is a haven. Beyond teaching she is accepted by the children and their parents as the Pastor they turn to at school and in their lives. As an ordained RCWP priest she serves her school community, her home community and several poor and indigenous communities in Cali, Colombia.

Susan Marie Schessler

Susan Marie Schessler
Ordained:
Deacon 2014
 
Priest 2015
Susan M. Schessler holds a Master’s Degree in Religious Studies from Providence College in Rhode Island. She is a New Jersey Certified teacher in the areas of Elementary Education and English.  Susan taught elementary grades in New Jersey and Alabama before becoming the first Director of Religious Education in the Archdiocese of Newark NJ.  As DRE she ministered in two parishes and was on the Staff of the Religious Education Center in the Archdiocese of Newark when Youth Ministry was introduced after Vatican Council II.  She also served as liaison to the Directors of Religious Education in the Archdiocese.  While residing and participating in the work of Genesis Farm in Blairstown NJ,  Susan served on the staff of the Northeast Center for Youth Ministry housed in Paterson, NJ.  Realizing the call to serve the poor in the inner-city of Newark NJ, Susan served as principal of an alternative junior high school founded and  sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell, NJ.  On leaving parish ministry Susan took a position with the public school system in East Orange NJ serving as mentor to over 25 alternate route teachers.  At the closing of that position Susan retired and now serves the people of Newark, NJ as a volunteer Director of Development with Future Potential Youth OutCry Foundation Inc./The H.U.B.B. (Help Us Become Better) an organization that strives to help youth and adults achieve their God-given potential.  Susan’s call to priesthood is about oneness with God, celebration and service. You may contact Susan at samoyd2@comcast.net
Mary Ann McCarthy Scoettly

Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly

Ordained:
Deacon 2008
Priest 2009
Deceased 2014
Mary Ann McCarthy Schoettly held Masters Degrees in Theology, Administration and Supervision, and Biology.  She was a life-long teacher - in high school classrooms, colleges, religious education programs (CCD, Confirmation, RCIA, Renew 2000), Stephen Ministry and retreat work.  Mary Ann was the pastor of Sophia Inclusive Catholic Community in Sussex County, NJ, volunteered as a Spiritual Caregiver through the Chaplain's Office at Newton Medical Center, led a group in Spirituality at Bridgeway Rehabilitation Services, visited patients in hospice care and facilitated a small faith-sharing community in her home.  She held certificates in Pastoral Care and Spiritual Direction.  Mary Ann lived in Northwest New Jersey.  She was married for twenty-eight years, became single, and had three adult children and two delightful granddaughters.  She remained active in CTA, VOTF and her local Catholic Communities. She died after a brief illness in 2014 and is missed by all.
Kathleen Gibbons Schuck

Kathleen Gibbons Schuck

Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Kathy's energy is grounded in wholehearted living. She is a member of the pastoral team at St. Mary Magdalene Community in southeastern Pennsylvania and southern New Jersey (www.smmcommunity.org). As a natural connector, Kathy's perspective is colored by her diverse experience in corporate telecommunications sales and training; building relationships and raising funds for an international faith-based organization; and starting/growing entrepreneurial businesses. As a Certified Leadership and Career Transition Coach at 5 Decades In, LLC, Kathy facilitates workshops and partners with people to help them identify and land their ideal job. Her best days are when a client recognizes, “Losing my job was a blessing in disguise. Now I’m doing what I love and making $10,000 more a year!” At With You in Joy, Kathy enjoys officiating, co-creating ceremonies (anniversaries, anointings, baby namings, baptisms, burials, funerals, memorials, sprinklings, and weddings), and telling stories that honor and celebrate life’s transitions. Kathy holds a Masters in Theology from Global Ministries University and a Bachelors in Science in Sociology from Rosemont College. She completed Newfield Network's Ontological Coach Training Program and is a Newfield Certified Coach. Kathy lives in Blue Bell, PA, with her partner, Stan, and her daughter, Ann. She blogs at www.withyouinjoy.com. Kathy’s email is kschuck55@gmail.com.
Ann Searing

Ann Searing
Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Ann Searing grew up in Brooklyn, NY, and attended Catholic parochial schools before joining the religious congregation, the Daughters of Wisdom. As a Daughter of Wisdom, Ann taught for 17 year before she left the community. Together with her husband, Rev. Jeff Johnson, Ann served as a Pastoral Team at the Athol Congregational Church UCC, in Massachusetts for 14 years. Ann was interim pastor of the Phillipston Congregational Church for a year, and of the Memorial Congregational Church of Baldwinville for four months. At Our Lady Immaculate RC church, Ann was director of RCIA, a Eucharistic Minister, and pastoral visitor of the sick. She studied at Andover Newton Theological School (earning the M. Div. and D. Min. degrees). She was a Student Minister at the First Baptist Church, Malden, MA for two years, preached often, officiated at funerals, taught  Bible Study, and helped with the Youth Group. At present, Ann is a spiritual director and retreat leader. Ann and Jeff  married in 1975.  They have two daughters, Beth and Lynne, and both are married. Lynne is pregnant with her first child. Ann may be reached at annsearing@gmail.com

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Mary Steinmetz
Ordained:
Deacon 2014
Priest 2015
Mary Steinmetz earned a Master of Arts degree in Holistic Spirituality from Chestnut Hill College and a Master of Theological Studies degree in Historical/Systematic theology from Boston College.  She is particularly interested in the place where theology and spirituality intersect; the place where faith is lived out and the Spirit is found provoking, challenging, energizing and bringing new life.  Mary has served as a chaplain, teacher, conference planner, admissions director and administrative professional in higher education.  She is a level II Reiki practitioner. Mary currently lives in Chalfont, Pennsylvania and is a single parent and the proud mother of one amazing adult daughter.  She was called forth into ministry by the Spirit of Life: A Catholic Community of Justice and Joy in Weston, MA and now worships with the St. Mary Magdalene Community in Drexel Hill, PA.  Mary can be reached at msteinmetzma@gmail.com.

Gabriella Velardi Ward

Gabriella Velardi Ward

Ordained:
Deacon 2007
Priest 2008
Gabriella Velardi Ward, BFA, AAS, B.Arch, M.Theo candidate – Gabriella has wanted to be a Roman Catholic Priest since the age of five. The institutional church’s rejection, based on gender, has led her to work in a number of non-traditional fields for women. She is currently working as an architect. She has over twelve years of parish ministry including adult religious education, spiritual direction, organizing and leading retreats and teaching meditation and contemplative prayer. Her call also led her to explore entry into vowed religious life, studying and spending a number of years with the Cenacle sisters. She has also explored other faith traditions including the Episcopal Church, Buddhism and Native American spirituality. Her love of learning has led her to studying theology for five years in the seminary and the continuing study, formal and informally, of theology, spirituality and psychology. She has been a justice advocate for women’s rights, animal rights, children’s rights and student’s rights. As a Roman Catholic WomenPriest, she currently has a sacramental ministry as well as a Spiritual Direction ministry specializing in survivors of child abuse. She is the mother of two and the grandmother of eight. Contact Gabriella at StPraxedisRCC@gmail.com