Friday, December 19, 2014

"American Nuns and the Vatican, More Pain than Promise" by Mary Hunt

"The Secretary ...avoided discussing the sticky wickets about Christo-centric prayer as opposed to the spiritual eclecticism that many religious favor, the need for theological formation along the Vatican’s own lines not the broader, more useful ecumenically sensitive courses that characterize some programs, and a reinforcement of top-down authority patterns that many religious communities have long left behind in favor of mature, respectful consensus building, collective approaches to adult human relating..."

Art Exhibition Featuring Professional Photos of Women Priests in January in New York City by Giulia Bianchi 

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Media Release: ARCWP Ordination of Georgia Walker, A Light Bearer for Peace, Justice and Equality, in Kansas City, MO on January 3rd, Feast of the Epiphany

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska, D.Min. (Media)
(note change in my email address: Add 1)

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan,

Georgia Walker, 816.572.3453

On Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at 2 p.m., the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests will ordain Georgia Walker the first woman priest in Kansas City, MO. The presiding bishop will be Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota, FL. The ceremony will take place at St. Mark Hope and Peace Lutheran Church, 3800 Troost Ave., Midtown Kansas City. All are welcome. A reception will follow in the church hall.

We celebrate the glory of our God arising in this community, Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan writes, “as we ordain Georgia Walker, a prophetic woman of peace and a leader who has worked with justice seekers from all races, ages and creeds.”

Georgia chose this day for her ordination because she entered into the Sisters of St. Joseph on the Feast of the Epiphany, so it has many special memories for her. Georgia writes: “It feels special to me because of the strong image of light...not just a reflective kind of light marking the incarnation of Jesus as God's LOVE in the world, but a kind of luminosity shining out from us as the embodiment of the Divine in our world. As co-heirs and co-creators, we are compelled to bring hope and dignity to all without exception, especially those who are on the margins of our church and society.”

A native of Kansas City, in 1985, Georgia Walker experienced a major conversion and became a Roman Catholic.  For twelve years she was a Sister of St. Joseph during which time she pursued course work for a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis.  She also became involved in the ministry of working with men and women coming out of prison as Co-Director for the Center for Women in Transition and as a Re-Entry Specialist at Catholic Charities.

She has been active in practicing restorative justice methods and utilizing mediation and conflict resolution. After a three-year stint of working for a coalition of 85 agencies serving the homeless in Kansas City as a Program Specialist and accountant, she returned to a ministry of direct service.

She is now the co-founder and Executive Director of Journey to New Life which is an agency that specializes in serving homeless men and women who suffer from addictions, mental illness and chronic health conditions as they are coming back from prison. Using what is known as the “housing first” model of treatment, individuals are provided with a safe permanent home and wrap around services to help them chart and follow their own journey to a new life. Over the last twenty years she has done accounting for numerous parishes, schools and social agencies. Georgia has always been a consummate political activist working for justice, equality and peace. She currently serves on the Board of Peace Works-Kansas City and often engages in nonviolent civil disobedience and volunteers at a local Catholic Worker house.

She was ordained a deacon in July 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Currently, she is working on the completion of a Doctor of Ministry Degree.

Most recently, Georgia’s non-violent, active civil disobedience has involved “crossing the line” at the old nuclear bomb parts plant in South Kansas City to protest the toxic waste dump that has been left there when Honeywell and the Federal government opened a new bomb plant further out in the countryside. Hundreds of workers have either died or are suffering from major chronic illnesses due to exposure to toxic chemicals at that site. The dump has now been turned over to a private developer to clean up the toxic waste. For this action she was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing and was put on one year of unsupervised probation by the Municipal Court of Kansas City. The next day she “crossed the line” at Whiteman Air Force Base with Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Kathy Kelly, to protest the drone warfare being controlled from that site. It was their intent to deliver two loaves of bread to break bread with the commander of the base and present him with a criminal indictment for the illegal activities being conducted at the base. For this action Georgia was convicted of misdemeanor trespassing and was put on one year of supervised probation by a Federal court. At least for the next year, she does not plan to cross any more lines!

Georgia plans to minister as a priest with men and women in five Missouri state prisons located in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese. In addition, she hopes to begin meeting with individuals in Kansas City who are interested in creating a local inclusive community where all will be welcome at the table and all will be co-equal in their participation in liturgy, service and governance.

Am Advent Journey by Victoria Rue, RCWP

"Saying Goodbye to Frances" by Wanda Russell, ARCWP, Inclusive Catholic Ministries Newsletter for Northeast Florida with schedule of ministries of ARCWP priests

Frances Garner
Dear Faith Family,
My sister, Frances, had hoped she would make it to Thanksgiving and she did.  However, her Thanksgiving dinner of gravy, bread, sweet potato casserole (our mother took the nuts out of the casserole for her since Frances was having trouble swallowing), and diet Coke was eaten in her bed with all of us around her.  Her daughter, Angie, continued to care for her and encourage her to eat but she had no appetite.  Angie’s oldest daughter, Jessica, and her husband and daughter, Autumn, were there.
December is the time we Christians prepare spiritually for the birthday celebration of Jesus.  There is so much to distract us since society wants us to prepare with decorations and presents and feasts of all kinds.  This year I find it easier to prepare spiritually.

                  Frances Garner
November 10, 1946 – December 2, 2014
Autumn has always loved grandma Frances and Frances loved her.  A couple days before Autumn arrived, Angie said Frances was taking an extra long shower and she checked on her to find that Frances used up a half a bottle of shampoo “washing Autumn’s hair”.  Frances had been a cosmetologist in her younger days and loved washing the grandchildren’s hair when she could. They loved it too.  Autumn would not arrive until a couple days later.  Frances was so excited that Jessica and Autumn were coming.  Her mind went in and out of reality however, it stayed in the loving and caring mode. 
Autumn is a very loving and intuitive child of 14.  Frances started calling Autumn’s name and Angie woke her up to see Grandma Frances at 4:00 AM since none of us was sure if Frances would recognize her later in the day.  Autumn joined Grandma Frances in her bed and said, “I love you, Grandma.”  Frances looked at her and said, “I love you, Autumn.”  Autumn fell asleep in her arms and Frances awakened on and off caressing and kissing Autumn over the next four hours.

Frances Garner resting with her first granddaughter, Autumn Brown.
Later in the morning different family members visited her or telephoned her and she responded acknowledging each one.  Angie and Mom had to interpret for everyone since she could hardly speak.  She said each person’s name and, “I love you.”  It was a special and moving time.
The day after Thanksgiving, Frances was much worse and Hospice recommended taking her to the Hospice facility.  We all had mixed emotions.  Angie and Mom needed to have some time to rest, yet we all knew the time was getting shorter and shorter to be with Frances.  Mom was worried that Frances would get hysterical when taken to Hospice since Frances wanted to die at home.  What a good God we have!  The ambulance techs put her on a gurney and got her into the ambulance.  They left her sitting up instead of making her lay down.  Just before they closed the ambulance doors she waved at all of us as if she was going off on an adventure.  What an adventure!  Mom was so relieved she went peacefully.
After getting to Hospice, Frances hardly acknowledged anyone.  Sometimes she was coherent and we simply told her we loved her and gave her permission to go to Jesus.  That night I stayed with her and about 11:00 PM her son, Evan, arrived at Hospice. I stayed until the AM when I went home to get some rest.  Evan was later relieved by Angie and Mom as he rested.  He stayed with Frances the next night and said his good-bye and Frances recognized him.  It is so important for us earthbound folks to acknowledge each other before loved ones pass on to another more peaceful realm of life.  It tells me we need to be more kind to one another in our healthy days.
The last three days and nights my mother, Angie and I kept vigil by her side until Frances passed away December 2 about 11:00 PM.  It was a hard vigil.  She cried out often in pain and we could hardly stand it.  Most of her last day she was more at peace and we had already sent word asking everyone to agree in prayer with us that she would let go and go to Jesus.  It reminded me of Jesus agony before his death on the cross.  How Mary must have agonized.
But then it was resurrection time!  Mom had lay on the sleeper bed and gotten comfy.  I was cleaning up a few things.  Angie was again talking to her mother telling her many times how she loved her and thanked her for all she did for her and Evan growing up.  She told her Mom again that she forgave her for the times life was hurtful growing up but told her that the hard and the good times were what made her who she was today.  She thanked her for the good and the painful experiences and begged her to let go.  Angie was holding her Mom in her arms.  “Let go, Mamma!  Let go!”  I joined her in loudly telling Frances to let go.  Then Angie told me to get the nurse.  Frances had finally shed her bodily and mental pains. The nurse confirmed that Frances was now with Jesus in the spiritual realm of her life.  She was gone to us in one form, but now with us in the spiritual realm with Jesus and all our relatives and friends and all the saints in heaven.  I have no doubt that Frances is in heaven.  She suffered enough pain to bypass any purgatory.  (The Church no longer teaches about purgatory, but if there is such a place/plane, I personally believe that she had her purgatory time during the days she suffered so terribly.)
Angie said it was a privilege to be holding her mother when she passed.  Angie said, “Mom held me when I was born and I had the gift of holding her as she went to heaven."  My mother was up by now.  We were all relieved that Frances had finally let go, yet we cried and cried and held each other tightly.
So, you see, I was honored to be with my sister as she was in pain her last days and suddenly the decorations, gifts, and feasts are not so important.  Mary and Joseph walked until they found a stable or cave in which Jesus was born.  Frances walked in pain until she was re-born into the spiritual realm.  It was a great gift to have the honor to walk with her and our family.  I thank my God for each of you who has prayed for us during this difficult time.  I know I would not have been able to endure the pain and loss or be able to see the blessings were it not for your prayers.  I thank you!  Our family thanks you!
I pray each of you has a spiritual preparation for the celebration of the birth of our loving, forgiving, and compassionate Jesus.  Jesus came to tell us how to live in the kindom of God right here on earth and how to be reborn into the spiritual heaven with him.
Frances is at peace and pain free.  I pray for your freedom from whatever holds you  from taking that spiritual walk toward the celebration of the birth of Jesus. 
Love and peace,

Wanda Russell, ARCWP

Inclusive Catholic Ministries Newsletter
Northeast Florida
December 2014      Palm Coast, Florida 32164

 Rev. Miriam Picconi 386-569-7311  
 Rev. Wanda Russell 502-320-6814      

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
What is "Inclusive Catholic Ministries?"
We want to maintain the best of our Roman Catholic heritage and traditions.  We want to invite EVERYONE to participate in God's love and our ministries and we use inclusive language.   We want to offer what you the people of God want and need. We are starting several ministry outreaches.  Come and see if this is the faith community you are seeking.

CUP CAKE MINISTRY OF GRATITUDE Friday, December 5, 2:00 P.M.
MONTHLY MASS in PALM COAST Saturday, December 13 at 4:00 PM (USUALLY 2nd Sat. each month) Hospitality follows.  Place:  2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast, FL 32164
MONTHLY PRAYER TIME AND COMMUNION Thursday, December 18, 7:00 to 8:15 PM at 2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast
NOTE DATE  CASTLE OTTTIS – INTERFAITH WORSHIP AND COMMUNION SERVICE Sunday, December 21, 10:00 AM at 103 3rd Street St. Augustine See
ORDINATION IN KANSAS  Saturday, January 3 at 2 PM
MONTHLY MASS in PALM COAST Saturday, January 10, 4:00 P.M.  (USUALLY 2nd Sat. each month)   Hospitality follows.  Place:  2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast, FL 32164
MY MOM’S 90TH BIRTHDAY!   January 15
MONTHLY PRAYER TIME AND COMMUNION Thursday, January 15 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM at 2 Westmill Ln., Palm Coast
ORDINATIONS IN ORLANDO  Saturday, January 17
CASTLE OTTTIS – INTERFAITH WORSHIP AND COMMUNION SERVICE Sunday, January25, 10:00 AM at 103 3rd Street St. Augustine See

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests: Vision, Mission,



The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is committed to a renewed model of ordained ministry in an inclusive community of equals in the Roman Catholic Church.


The Association of Roman  Catholic women priests, therefore, responds to this  call from the Holy Spirit , in our  time, by  preparing, ordaining  and supporting qualified women and men, from all states of life, who are committed to a  model of Church  grounded  in Jesus' vision of an open table, where all are welcome. 
By our living and ministering within a community of equals, we are respectful of differences among people.
In the tradition of our mystics and prophets, we challenge the dominance of patriarchal systems by promoting practices of equality that lead us to recognize and stand for justice on behalf of all people, locally and globally, and on behalf of the urgent needs of eco-justice for our planet.


1. Equality
We believe women and men are created whole and equal by God and as baptized persons can equally represent Christ. We ordain women and men in Apostolic Succession as a matter of justice and faithfulness to the Gospel. Because equality is a human right, we are called to work for structural, systemic change that eliminates discrimination and sexism in the church and in the world.

2. Justice
We strive to live as justice makers in right relation to self, to others, and to the earth. Aware of the interconnectedness of all, we believe that action on behalf of justice is constitutive to the Gospels. Because we understand how unjust structures marginalize people on the basis of class, religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, and mental and physical challenges, we collaborate to create alternative structures that are inclusive of all and are deeply based in the traditions of social justice within our church.

3. Accountability
Accountability is a hallmark of our commitment to circular leadership.  We are co-responsible to live our vision of a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals.  We are called to be open to the Spirit as our movement evolves and grows. As models of empowerment, we are united in vision and mission, and respectful of our differences, and we open ourselves to ongoing discussion and prayer in actualizing this responsibility. 

4. Collegiality
Our vision is to live as a community of equals in decision making as an organization and within all our faith communities. We make decisions by using a circular model including consensus and/or democratic vote of all members. We reject all forms of domination and control.

5. Prophetic Obedience
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.    

6. Spirituality:
Spirituality is at the heart of our commitment to the Holy One. We are called to be women and men of prayer and action.  All of life is sacrament, a sign of God's presence that reflects our holiness as co-creators in the community of life. Through conscious awareness and committed activism, we work for a more just, peaceful and egalitarian church and world where all beings thrive together.  As members of the Community of the Baptized, we are aware that the entire church celebrates sacraments. We preside at sacramental liturgies in inclusive, empowered, egalitarian communities where all are welcome to experience God’s extravagant love. 

7. Compassion:
Compassion allows us as healers to enter into the journey of others in times of heart break, grief and loss.  In all our communications, we strive for deep understanding, and we respond with openness to listen, to learn, and to love and to share God's faithful presence always with others in their struggles. 

The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) is an international community within the International Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement.   As a community of equal disciples, our calling is first and foremost to follow Jesus the Christ, our model of liberation, and to grow in unity with all in the heart of God. Aware of our deep connectedness to one another, and to the community of creation, our mission is to live Gospel justice and inclusiveness by ordaining women and men as equals and partners in the Roman Catholic Church.
Contact: Bridget Mary Meehan:

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

"Vatican Extends Olive Branch to U.S. Nuns" by Nicole Winfield/:" Don't Mess With The Nuns" by Bridget Mary Meehan

VATICAN CITY (AP) — "A sweeping Vatican investigation into Roman Catholic nuns in the U.S. that began amid fears they had become too feminist and secular ended up praising the sisters for their selfless work caring for the poor — a major shift in tone that reflected the social justice mindset of Pope Francis.
The overwhelmingly positive report Tuesday also promised to value their "feminine genius" more, while gently suggesting ways to serve the church faithfully and survive amid a steep drop in their numbers. It was cheered by the American sisters themselves, dozens of whom swarmed the Vatican news conference announcing the results in a rare occasion of women outnumbering men at the Vatican.
"There is an encouraging and realistic tone in this report," Sister Sharon Holland told reporters. "Challenges are understood, but it is not a document of blame, or of simplistic solutions. One can read the text and feel appreciated and trusted to carry on."
The report was most remarkable for what it didn't say, given the criticism of American religious life that prompted the Vatican under Pope Benedict XVI to launch the investigation in 2009.
There was no critique of the nuns, no demands that they shift their focus from social justice to emphasize Catholic teaching on abortion, no condemnation that a feminist, secular mentality had taken hold in their ranks.
Rather, while offering a sobering assessment of the difficult state of American congregations, the report praised the sisters' dedication and reaffirmed their calling in a reflection of the pastoral tone characteristic of history's first Jesuit pope..."
Bridget Mary's Response: Lesson Learned: Don't Mess with the Nuns! 
Most Catholic school kids learned in first grade that the nuns were definitely in charge.  When the bell rang, we moved! When Sister spoke, we sat up straight and listened. 
So now the Vatican is finally getting it right. 
The Vatican report reflected what U.S. Catholics already know. We owe the Sisters profound thanks and praise for their selfless service. Their prayerful spirit, dedication, and love for the people of God have blessed us all. 
During this long , rather hostile Vatican investigation, that put the nuns' lives and ministries under a microscope, Catholics from all over the country expressed their support. A coalition of Catholic reform groups, led by the Women's Ordination Conference, Call to Action and supported by many organizations including ARCWP/RCWP demonstrated in cities across the country and  collected thousands of signatures supporting U.S. nuns. 
In spite of his admonition to the nuns not to act like spinsters, I believe that Pope Francis had a positive influence on this report. 
 The bottom line is that U.S. Catholics love the nuns and are deeply grateful for the tremendous sacrifices they have made as teachers, nurses, social workers, pastoral ministers, counselors, chaplains, spiritual directors, founders of shelters for the homeless, advocates for peace and justice etc. The list goes on and on of their many ministries. The nuns were underpaid and overworked as we know, and I hope that U.S. Catholics will continue to donate money to their retirement funds and support their diverse and blessed ministries.  
After this tremendous outpouring of support, the Vatican officials have changed their minds, expressed their thanks and praise, and hopefully, have learned their lesson: don't mess with the nuns!!
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP,
* I am a Sister for Christian Community, an independent community of Sisters in the U.S. Canada, Europe, Mexico, Africa, and Asia. 

LCWR Responds to Report of the Apostolic Visitation Report

The apostolic visitation gathered a large amount of data both through questionnaires and through the respectful listening that took place on the part of visitation teams as they conducted more than 90 onsite visits to various orders of women religious throughout the United States. We are pleased that this data, as well as the experiences, hopes, and dreams shared during the onsite visits, resulted in an accurate report of both the blessings of US women’s religious life as well as its challenges. The report, which conveys a good understanding of the transitions that have occurred in religious life since the Second Vatican Council, is offered without negative judgment or any facile solutions. Instead, the synthesis of data resulted in a realistic and appreciative account of women’s religious life in the United States.
We are grateful that each religious institute has been entrusted with discerning its way forward in fidelity to its mission in the church. We are confident that US women religious will carefully read and study the report, discuss it with others, and discern what its call is to their own institute. We believe that the report will become a basis for important conversations in our own communities, and in our work with the pastors of the church and the laity.
While the Vatican’s decision to conduct an apostolic visitation caused great pain and anxiety for many Catholic sisters, our members frequently speak of how our experience of the study became the source of profound transformation for our institutes. The process led us to study the heart of our vocation as we engaged one another in significant conversations that explored our spirituality, our mission, our communal life, and our hopes for the future. As we did so, our bonds with one another grew even deeper and our understanding of the potential of this life to serve the needs of the world grew even keener.
Sister Annmarie Sanders, IHM
Director of Communications

Catholic Groups Applaud Vatican Report as “First Step” in Reconciling with U.S. Sisters; Demand immediate removal of sanctions against LCWR leadership

Release date
Tuesday, December 16th
For Immediate Release                                                                                     
Organizational media contacts:    See list below
For general background:                
Kate McElwee:(Rome)  +39 06 320 3331                                                               
Jim Fitzgerald  (USA)    773 404 0004 x262
Catholic Groups Applaud Vatican Report as “First Step” in Reconciling with U.S. Sisters: Demand immediate removal of sanctions against LCWR leadership
Statement from the Nun Justice Project:
It is praiseworthy that the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious issued a generally positive report about the  outcomes of its three year apostolic visitation of U.S. Sisters.  The Nun Justice Project is encouraged by Sr. Sharon Holland’s characterization of the report as “affirming and realistic.”  Holland is the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) an umbrella group representing 80 percent of U.S. women religious.

Nevertheless, the visitation process was both demeaning and a huge waste of time and energy for the Vatican and especially for the sisters who had to divert precious resources away from ministries to the marginalized just so Rome could discover what Catholics have known all along: U.S. women religious are among the most inspiring and faithful of Catholics and led the way in implementing Vatican II reforms.

While the report is a positive first step, reconciliation will not be fully accomplished until the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith removes its unjust mandate against the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

We renew our call to Cardinal Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), to immediately rescind the mandate and apologize to LCWR sister leaders, especially in light of Pope Francis’ recent praise for diversity of theological views, pluralism and reading the “signs of the times.”  Until the mandate is removed, the faithful and creative leadership of U.S. sisters remains under unjust Vatican scrutiny.

Over the past five years, the Nun Justice Project organized massive support for women religious. Tens of thousands of Catholics petitioned the Vatican and participated in hundreds of public demonstrations, prayer services, vigils, and media events.  Their voices have been instrumental in advancing due process, raising up women’s leadership voice and promoting justice in the church.  They will not desist until the LCWR mandate is removed.

We believe it is important to learn what sisters themselves have to say about their experience of the Visitation. Power of Sisterhood: Women Religious Tell the Story of the Apostolic Visitation is an inspiring narrative told from their perspective.  For example, Sr Addie Lorraine Walker reflects "...  within a context of subjugation women religious found a unique sense of liberating power along with the meaning and purpose of their prophetic voice."  (Full review can be found here)

For background on the Nun Justice Project's work addressing the LCWR mandate visit

Media Contacts for the Nun Justice Project Organizations

American Catholic Council,                                                                                  
Sheila Peiffer 518.334.6076 (cell) Sheilapeiffer.acc@gmail.

Association for the Rights of Catholics in the Church,                                           
Joseph Boyle 484.480.8311(home) 610.462444 (work)  Josephboyleoil@

Call To Action,                                                                                                             
Ellen Euclide  773.404.0004

Linda Pinto 570.618.2120 (c)

Marianne Duddy-Burke  617.669.7810

Deb Rose-Milavec 513-673-1401 (c)  216-228-0869 x 4 (w)

New Ways Ministry,                                                                                                   
Frank DeBernardo 301.277.5674

Catholics Speak Out   Quixote Center,                                                                                                               
Dolly Pomerleau  301.699.0042

RAPPORT (Renewing a Priestly People, Ordination Reconsidered Today),
Gloria Ulterino  585.455.0389 (c)

Voice of the Faithful,                                                                                               
Nick Ingala  617-291-3495 Cell,

WATER: Women's Alliance for Theology, Ethics and Ritual,           
Mary Hunt 301 589-2509      

Women's Ordination Conference.                                                                                    
Erin Saiz Hanna  401.588.0457 (c)  ehanna@
Kate McElwee +39 06 320 3331 (Italy)

Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America, 16.12.2014
"The Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life is sincerely grateful for the presence of women religious in the United States and for all that they contribute to the Church’s evangelizing mission. Since the early days of the Catholic Church in their country, women religious have courageously been in the forefront of her evangelizing mission, selflessly tending to the spiritual, moral, educational, physical and social needs of countless individuals, especially the poor and marginalized. Throughout the nation’s history, the educational apostolate of women religious in Catholic schools has fostered the personal development and nourished the faith of countless young people and helped the church community in the USA to flourish. In addition, a great majority of the Catholic healthcare systems in the United States, which serve millions of people each year, were established by congregations of women religious..."

Monday, December 15, 2014

ARCWP Priest Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea Presides at a First Communion of Maria Jose Ruiz Jaramillo in a Home Church in Latin America

José María Ruiz Jaramillo day if First Communion
José María Ruiz Jaramillo's Day First Communion
"My name is Maria José, I have 11 years, I want to share with you the experience of this beautiful day. A month since my grandmother died Maria Elena Sierra ago, it was her desire to spend  1st Communion with me. My grandfather Gerardo Jaramillo Gonzales,a married priest Catholic,  baptized me. By falling in love with my grandmother, he was sidelined from his ministry in the Church; this suffering and pain, we have always felt  in the family.
On this day, my 1a. Communion with me my family, my grandfather, my parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, my sister Maria Antonia, and two friends from my grandmother and family.
In my family we asked Olga Lucia, it is she who accompany us especially in this day:
Olga Lucia candle delivered me, reminding me of the light of Christ that I received at my baptism.
Olga Lucia gives me the candle, reminding the light of Christ that I received at my baptism.

Remembering my baptism I lit my candle
Remembering my baptism I lit my candle

Mom makes us the Gospel reading John 1: 19-28
Mom makes us the Gospel reading John 1: 19-28
Olga Lucia leaves us short thoughts to ponder: "Who are we ?, and what our mission, our responsibility in the world, in the family, in society, in the Church".
Mom, Niko-their husband-and my aunt Diana, expressing his appreciation for life, my grandmother, so many gifts received from the Divine Essence and especially for this day.
Mom, Niko-their husband-and my aunt Diana, expressing his appreciation for life, my grandmother, so many gifts received from the Divine Essence and especially for this day.

"My grandfather intervenes to explain to everyone the importance of the commitment we make to receive the Eucharist:" ... when we say this in my body, this is my blood, we are each of us giving ourselves to the service of the Church, serving the United God ... making it real presence of Christ in the bread and wine "
My grandfather left surprised us with his lucid words, let us his teachings and thrill reminiscent of grandma.
My grandfather left surprised us with his lucid words, let us his teachings and thrill reminiscent of grandma.
States all extended our hands saying the words of consecration, making our commitment to deliver the service of the Church.
States all extended our hands saying the words of consecration, making our commitment to deliver the service of the Church.
My grandfather a,married priest and my mom give me Holy Communion. Olga Lucia explains why they give me Communion, "for Father Gerardo as grandfather and priest, and Maria Elena, as a mom, it is they who in the home, have cultivated the seeds of faith and Christian values, Maria José ".
My grandfather priest-married mom give me Communion under both kinds.
My grandfather priest-married mom give me Communion under both kinds.
Then they went to Communion the other attendees. Olga Lucia, the last in communion and ended up thanking God for his presence in our midst and also invoke the presence of the Virgin Mary, patroness of the Americas, the Virgin of Guadalupe.
Filled with the presence of the Spirit-Ruah, we were invited to go out with joy into the world to proclaim the Gospel! "
We consider a blessing from Heaven Gerardo P. intervention, despite his health and memory loss. It was like listening in its heyday.
* Romanian Catholic bishops.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Rejoice, God Is Forever LovingThrough Us-Our Greatest Gift

At the Sisters for Christian Community Assembly in 2014, the theme was "Energizing the Sister Within.
Although I could not attend, I was blessed by the "All-in -All -that all may be one, newsletter.
The first speaker was Sister Karol Jackowski, SFCC who presented "Seven Ways to Bring Joy to the World"
1. Be picky about what we think.
2. Think of everything as holy. 
3. Be for something without feeling against anything else.
4. Help others (and ourselves). Die happy.
5. Share the solidarity of sisterhood
6. Be extra kind to strangers.
7. Cultivate a Divine Sense of Humor. 

(Live love, do not be afraid, you can't be more loving than God.)