Roman Catholic Womanpriest to be ordained in Chicago
Release date: October 2, 2009

Contact: Alta Jacko 773-561-3259

The power of God speaks to our conscience, which some say informs moral judgment before an action is taken. How do we know the voice we hear within is the voice of God?
Through many tests of faith, revelations of the Holy Spirit, belief in the covenant of Jesus, and prayerful discernment.

Jeremiah heard the power of God and said, “If I say I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name, then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure.” Sojourner Truth depended on the power of God in her speech, Ain’t I A Woman, when she said she bore thirteen children and watched while they were sold into slavery and cried a mother’s grief only heard by Jesus. Harriet Tubman, who was called the Moses of her people stated, “I always tole God I’m gwine to hold stiddy on to you an you’ve got to see me trou.” Anne Frank believed that whoever doesn’t know it must learn and find by experience that a quiet conscience makes one strong.

Unable to silence, control, suppress or ignore my conscience, I Alta Jacko, a member of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), am led by the Holy Spirit to be ordained a priest on October 10, 2009. The ceremony will take place at 3:00pm at Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Chicago, Illinois. Bishop Joan Houk will be the ordaining bishop.

The RCWP movement began in 2002 when women (“The Danube Seven”) were ordained by Bishop Romulo Braschi of Argentina. Bishop Braschi did so by the power vested in Roman Catholic bishops who are in full apostolic succession from Jesus Christ. The following year, several male bishops, in full communion with the pope, ordained two of those women as bishops. Ordinations have been celebrated since then in the USA, in Canada, and in Europe. These historic ordinations challenge an unjust law that keeps women subordinate in the Catholic Church.

The Roman Catholic Womenpriests community affirms that the full equality of women in the church, including their inclusion in the priesthood, represents the voice of God in our time and is a gift to the entire church.   

Third St. Louis area Roman Catholic Womanpriest to be ordained

Release Date: October 1, 2009

Rev. Rose Marie Hudson, 636-208-5598
Rev. Elsie Hainz McGrath, 314-477-6089
Deacon Marybeth McBryan, 314-277-3212

Deacon Marybeth McBryan, of St. Louis, will be ordained a priest on November 1, 2009, All Saints Day. The celebration will be in her home community of Therese of Divine Peace, with Bishop Joan Clark Houk officiating.

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 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 deacon at Therese of Divine Peace, and will continue on the ministerial staff there following her ordination as priest.

Roman Catholic Womenpriests continue to validly ordain women and marginalized men to the Roman Catholic priesthood in an effort to bring reform and renewal into an unjust hierarchical structure that is increasingly misogynous and misoneist. Rather than looking backward and inward, Roman Catholic Womenpriests continue to look forward and outward in the spirit of Vatican II. We are here. We are ministering. We are growing. We are not going away.

The ordination is at 5 p.m. on Sunday, November 1, 2009, with the Therese of Divine Peace Inclusive Community. The Therese community meets at First Unitarian Universalist Church of St. Louis, 5007 Waterman Blvd. The ordination will take place in the sanctuary, and a light reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.

Therese of Divine Peace Inclusive Community celebrates together every Sunday at 5 p.m. Regular services take place in Hope Chapel, at the rear of the First Unitarian complex. Our liturgy has continued without interruption since December 1, 2007, because we strive to imitate Jesus, who always and everywhere made clear to everyone that ALL ARE WELCOME.

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