Great Waters Region RCWP Members

  Kathleen Bean Beverly Bingle Dagmar Braun Celeste  
  Mary Grace Crowley-Koch Mary Michele Regina Foley Paula Hoeffer  
  Joan Clark Houk Mary Keldermans Ann Poelking Klonowski  
  Lillian Lewis Susan Martin Marybeth McBryan  
  Elsie Hainz McGrath Judith McKloskey Marty Meyer-Gad  
  Susan Mary Mielke Kathryn June Rolenc Mary Ellen Robertson  
  Kathy Rolenc Kathy Sullivan Vandenberg Barbara Zeman  
  In Memorium: Janine Denomme
In Memorium: Alta Jacko
 
 
Kathleen McShane Bean
Ordained womandeacon 2014 womanpriest 2015
 

Kathleen McShane Bean, has been listening to the call of God for over 30 years. She is delighted to finally be able to answer "yes". Kathy has worked as an RN in Emergency room and intensive care. She has been married for more than 45 years to Vic, enjoying living in New Mexico and Alaska in their younger years.  They have two grown daughters and six grandchildren. Kathy completed the lay pastoral program at the Athenaeum Of Ohio, earned a unit of CPE, and continued her studies completing MATS at United Theological seminary in Dayton. She has continued her hands on healing by learning Reiki. Kathy has been thrilled to find The Living Beatitudes Community of Dayton who's weekly services celebrate the freedom of the people of God and the dignity of people of all sexual orientations, genders, races and creeds. Kathy lives in Kettering, Ohio and may be contacted at ktmbean@yahoo.com.

 

Beverly Bingle
Ordained womandeacon 2012 womanpriest 2013
 

Beverly Bingle, after serial careers in teaching, politics, government, and business, served in Catholic parishes in Ohio and Michigan as a Pastoral Associate, Director of Religious Education, and Pastoral Assistant from 1991 until her retirement in 2011. Bev pastors Holy Spirit Catholic Community, an inclusive lay-administered intentional community in Toledo, Ohio. She holds a B.A. (The Ohio State University) and M.A. (Bowling Green State University) in English, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry (Marygrove College) and a Doctor of Ministry (Ecumenical Theological Seminary). E-Mail: urbanhermit@catholicweb.com.



 

Dagmar Braun Celeste
Dagmar Braun Celeste
Ordained
womanpriest 2002
 

Dagmar Braun Celeste, MA, in Theology and Addiction Counseling, BA in Women Studies and Public Policy, APP, is an experienced Life Balance coach.  Her autobiography, We Can Do Together / Impressions Of A Recovering Feminist First Lady was published by Kent State University Press, 2002.  She was a board member of the Women’s Ordination Conference and Mary’s Pence, First Lady of Ohio twenty years ago, taught at Kent State University and published numerous articles.  She is active in the hospice movement and lives at  "The Tyrian Oasis", a hermitage in Cleveland's Inner City where she offers retreats, ritual celebrations and sacramental opportunities. Website: www.tyrian.net and email: celeste@tyrian.net



 

Mary Grace Crowley-Koch
Mary Grace Crowley-Koch
Ordained
womandeacon 2010
womanprist 2011
 

Mary Grace Crowley-Koch began her walk towards priesthood at age 4 when she engaged her nursery school playmates in Eucharistic celebrations. She was taught by the Adrian Dominicans for 12 years and entered that community. While completing her MA in Theology at St. John's University in Collegeville and serving as a pastoral associate at several parishes she continued to feel the nudge of the Holy Spirit towards ordination. After teaching and seeing her children, Angela and Brian, move onwards toward college she was able to continue her pastoral ministry as a hospice chaplain. In this ministry she again felt the validation of her call to priestly ministry from the persons she served. This past year she began the official journey in the direction of priesthood and was ordained a deacon. On her journey towards priesthood she initiated a small faith community which has been meeting monthly for 15 years. For the same amount of time, she and her married priest husband, Ron, ministered to couples with a connection to the Roman Catholic church who would like to have their wedding celebration outside of the RC church building venue. She believes in God's constant call 'to do a new thing" and to share your God given gifts with all you meet as you dance together with all on your journey.



Mary Michele Regina Foley
Ordained
womandeacon 2015
womanpriest 2015
 

Mary Michele Regina Foley has served in ministry all her adult life, in parish, diocesan, healthcare, and campus ministry settings.  She earned her B.A. in Religious Studies and Psychology from Saint Xavier University, Chicago, her Master of Divinity from The Chicago Theological Seminary, and her Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.  She pastored two parishes as a lay parish director.  She is a Board Certified Chaplain and is presently serving as an ACPE Supervisory Education Candidate, preparing to become a full CPE Supervisor. Mary has four adult sons, four daughters-in-law, and nine grandchildren, who are the joy of her life.  Her ministry has been her second joy and she is grateful for the long journey leading her to Roman Catholic Womenpriests. Mary can be reached at maryfoleyrcwp@aol.com.



Paula Ivory Hoeffer
Ordained
womandeacon 2013
womanpriest 2014
 

Paula Ivory Hoeffer is one of the priests serving the Resurrection Community in Cincinnati, Ohio, and is busy presiding at home masses and being present to those who have been marginalized and are in need. She is a former Sister of Notre Dame de Namur. She taught for 32 years as a Catholic educator which has given her the wonderful opportunity to travel worldwide extensively through student exchanges. Paula is married for 41 years to Ed, a most supportive and loving husband, with three daughters who keep her alive and energized, and seven beloved grandchildren. She never imagined that she would become a woman priest, but received a definite call in prayer and has responded humbly and enthusiastically to this call. paula.hoeffer@gmail.com





 
Joan Clark Houk
Joan Clark Houk
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2006
womanbishop 2009
 

Joan Clark Houk, M.Div., is a careful and cheerful listener to the movement of the Holy Spirit in the world and in her life. She and her husband, John, are life partners and occasional partners in ministry. They have raised six children, and are proud great-grandparents. Involved in parish ministry for over 30 years, Joan had been Pastoral Director of two Roman Catholic parishes without priest pastors before her ordination. Her education includes: B.A. in Education, St. Martin's College; M.S. in Conflict Management, George Mason University; M.Div., University of Notre Dame. Joan's web site: www.JoanClarkHouk.com. Email: jhoukmdiv@mac.com
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mary Keldermans
Mary Keldermans
Ordained womandeacon 2013
womanpriest 2014
 

Reverend Mary Keldermans was ordained a Roman Catholic priest on May 3, 2014 in Springfield, IL. Mary and her husband, Steve, have been married 41 years, are parents to six amazing young adults, parents-in-law to five wonderful people, and permissive and indulgent grandparents to six-and-a-half above Mary felt called to form a community where she and others like her could pray to God in a way that was nourishing and life giving. She felt called to form a community where all gifts were welcomed, and no person felt marginalized for who he or she was. She felt called to form a community that could be an oasis for her, and people like her, who knew there was something more than what the institutional church provided. And so, Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community came into being. All members have answered God’s call in their own ways to form a community where all can pray authentically. They have heard Jesus say, “Follow me.” And they are. Website: inclusiveholyfamily.org Email: contact@inclusiveholyfamily.org

 
 

Ann Poelking Klonowski
Ordained womandeacon 2013 womanpriest 2013
 

Ann Poelking Klonowski is co-pastor of the Community of St. Bridget, an inclusive Catholic community that gathers for liturgy every Saturday at 5 pm at the Brecksville UCC, 23 Public Square, Brecksville, Ohio 44141. Ann is a teacher and has taught people from preschoolers to adults. She earned a degree in education from Ohio State University and a master’s degree in religious studies from John Carroll University. She has been active in her church since her college days when she and her guitar were dragged to the front of the church. She and her spouse, Alan, have been members of Christian Life Community since the early days of their marriage. It has fed their marriage and their individual spiritual development. They are the parents of two adult children of whom they are ridiculously proud. They have two incredibly intelligent granddaughters, whom Ann was privileged to baptize. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio. Ann can be contacted through her community website: www.communityofstbridget.org.

 
 

Lillian Lohr Lewis
Ordained womandeacon 2013 womanpriest 2014
 

Lillian Lohr Lewis, M.A., Ph.D. Ordained priest 2014, Three Oaks, MI Lil came to RCWP after 30 + years in ministry, and an M.A. in theology from Marquette University as its first lay graduate. Lil went on to become translator and assistant to Sofia Cavalletti , Italian rabbinic scholar and founder of Montessori Catechesis of the Good Shepherd. She then spent 20 years teaching and spreading this form of catechesis. A transformation to her life and philosophy of ministry occurred when she sold her suburban home and moved with her four daughters into the inner City of Chicago where she served as a Pastoral Associate and hermanita a los barrachos "street sister" walking with the poor and undocumented for 10 year.Issues of hunger and poverty still impact her ministry. Today, Lil and her priest-husband work together building community and ritual for their town and through their House Church of Three Oaks, and through the large Community Garden they have created to supply produce for the hungry.

 

Marybeth McBryan
Marybeth McBryan
Ordained
womandeacon 2009
womanpriest 2009
 

Marybeth McBryan Marybeth has been heavily involved in parish ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Louis for nearly 30 years. A mother and grandmother, she is a former teacher in both parochial and public schools, and has also served on the Board of Education of the St. Louis Public Schools. Marybeth has a Master's degree in education with secondary degrees in administration and counseling; she has accrued 40+ hours in theology, liturgy and religious education. She is currently a part of the music ministry and serves as a priest on the ministerial staff at Therese of Divine Peace.  www.thereseofdivinepeace.org
Email: mbmcb@hotmail.com

 
 

Elsie Hainz McGrath
Ordained
womandeacon 2007
womanpriest 2007
 

Elsie Hainz McGrath pastors Therese of Divine Peace Inclusive Roman Catholic Community in Saint Louis, MO, where she presides at weekly liturgies, witnesses weddings and holy unions, leads funeral and memorial services, does other sacramental services as requested, and engages in interreligious activities with neighboring worshiping communities. Academically prepared with a theology degree from Saint Louis University and a M.Th. from the Aquinas Institute of Graduate Theology, as well as catechetical certification and continuing post- graduate studies, she is deeply committed to renewal and reformation within the hierarchy, and was the program coordinator for the Great Waters Region for its first seven years. She has also been a professional editor and writer in international Catholic publishing, a university campus minister, a parish director of RCIA, and a statewide leader in marriage preparation programming and mentoring. Elsie was married for 42 years to her husband, Jim, a permanent deacon for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He died in 1998. She is the mother of 4, grandmother of 12, and great-grandmother of 12. Email: elsiemc@sbcglobal.net. Website: www.thereseofdivinepeace.org.
 
 

Judith McKloskey
Judith McKloskey
Ordained
womandeacon 2007
womanpriest 2007
 

Judith McKloskey first spoke up for women's ordination when her fourth grade teacher said girls couldn't be altar servers. A long time member of the Women's Ordination Conference, she was active in Women's Worship Circle and Never On Sunday, a group studying lectionary references to Biblical women. After earning a B.S. in Biology and an M.S. in Library Science, Judith managed library networks and religious organizations for 20 years. During that time, she served her parish in many roles, including parish council president and lay preacher. Judith ministers as a hospice volunteer and as a presider and sacramental minister for families and small faith communities. She lives in Minnesota with her husband; they have one adult daughter. RCWPJudith@comcast.net

 



Marty Meyer-Gad
Marty Meyer-Gad
Ordained
womandeacon 2009
womanpriest 2010
 

Marty Meyer-Gad, MA - liturgy, certificate in Pastoral Liturgical Ministries from Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit.  She has experience in traditional and democratic parishes.  She worked for the archdiocesan liturgy offices in Detroit and Chicago.  Among her writings are Basics: a Liturgical Education Sourcebook and At Home with the Word, which she started by writing the first volumes.  She helped many faith communities with consensus decision making and goal setting.  In 1983 she danced down the aisle to preside with her husband, Bruno, over their wedding. In 1989 they moved from his native Chicago back to Marty's native MN. They have one adult son. Recent ministry includes serving as a hospital chaplain (certified 2003) and leading worship in prison. Marty sees her ordination as a declaration that the Catholic Church has an abundance of priests but needs to match the gifts of priestly people to the needs of people of God. growthaffirm@izoom.net
 


Susan Mary Mielke
Susan Mary Mielke
Ordained
womandeacon 2015
womanpriest 2015
 

Susan Mary Mielke lives and works in West central Illinois.  Susan has a M.Div,. and D.Min,. and is a licensed clinical counselor.  She has been engaged in the ministry of pastoral psychotherapy for the past fifteen years.  As a Roman Catholic minister, Susan has an extensive background and special interest in feminist theory and theology. Susan is a wife, mother and grandmother.  She and her husband Harry are members of Holy Family Inclusive Catholic Community in Jacksonville, Illinois.  Their pastor is Mary Keldermans RCWP.










Mary Ellen Robertso
Mary Ellen Robertson
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2007
 

Mary Ellen Robertson, BA in Theology, RN, ministers through card ministry, spiritual direction & retreat work, publishes a spirituality reflection letter, The Spiritual Connection by subscription and presider for Eucharist with communities in Michigan and Florida.  “Her story” is published in RCWP’s book, Women Find A Way: The Movement & Stories of Roman Catholic Womenpriests. She has served as hospital chaplain and Spiritual Care Counselor for hospice.  Mary Ellen has authored two books, Meditations for Working Women and Meditations for Working Men, owned and managed a motel for 17 years and written various articles including business, personal interviews and spirituality. She is a mother of three adult daughters (including twins), grandmother of six and lives with her husband, John for over 40 years in Michigan. maryelrob@aol.com  

 


Kathy Rolenc
Ordained
womandeacon 2015
 

Kathy Rolenc. Aloha, I'm Kathy Rolenc. I have been married 20 yrs to a wonderful man! Been a youth/young adult Minister for over 22yrs. I am a CNA/EMT, currently working in home health, mainly with Alzheimer's patients. I have volunteered in parish life as a Eucharist Minister, Home Bound Eucharist Minister, Catechist, Arts and Environment, Planning Communion Services, Parish Liturgies, Teen Retreats twice a year, Young Adult Retreats, Trips for World Youth Day and NCYC (National Catholic Youth Conference) and Fundraising. I have Certificates in Lay Ministry Program Archdiocese of Chicago University of St. Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary, Youth Ministry Program Loyola University, Theology and Ministry St. Xavier University and completing my BA in Theology. I am currently involved in a community, Voices Rising, in Oak Park, Illinois. My love is youth and young adult ministry. My Spirit always gets renewed when teens realize they cannot live without God and when they come back as leaders for the next retreat. How wonderful it is to see how the Spirit moves and lives within the young people! God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!  
 


Kathy Sullivan Vandenburg
Kathy Sullivan
Vandenburg
Ordained
womandeacon 2005
womanpriest 2006
 

Kathy Sullivan Vandenburg, MS, M.Div., is a feminist theologian, clinical therapist, and trauma specialist.   She serves as an associate pastor at Good Shepherd Parrish, Nenno, WI.  Ms. Vandenberg's current ministries include counseling, adjunct graduate educator, and hospital chaplain.  For the past 30 years she was active in several ministries in her parish and archdiocesan committees.  She has two grown daughters and one grandson. Kathy has been active in the women's ordination movement for over thirty years. pastorksv@aol.com 




 
 


Barbara Vrabel-Zeman
Barbara Zeman
Ordained
womandeacon 2008
womanpriest 2008
 

Barbara Zeman, M.A. – Theology – B.A. Communications, has been a writer/producer for over 20 years with emphasis on films and videos for personal enrichment, health-care education and spiritual enlightenment. During her many years in parish and university ministry in Chicago Barbara has worked shoulder to shoulder with people of all faiths to bring about a more inclusive and just world. Currently working on certification as a hospital chaplain she has completed two units of CPE in a large city hospital. Born and raised in a devout Roman Catholic family, Barbara knows the importance of prayer. For her prayer and the sacraments connect us with the unknown face of God and give us hope in today’s secular world. elke@rcn.com