Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
|Bloomington Inclusive Catholic Community|
|Here we are -two women priests, Dotty Shugrue and myself, Bridget Mary Meehan with our sign "women priests are here" --- affirming our right gently and lovingly to celebrate the Catholic Funeral Rite for our Sister Priest Adele in the beautiful "Catholic" chapel. As evidence, I point out that this non-denominational chapel's sacristy even has a confessional setup in the back corner! |
When I visited Adele two years ago, she showed me this lovely chapel and pointed out the stained glass window depicting St. Francis of Assisi. She loved the fact that this Assisted Living facility had a "Catholic" Chapel. The Franciscans had left it, but it was a spiritual sacred place for her.
At the Memorial Liturgy, the staff at the Vila was most gracious and welcoming to all who came to the funeral liturgy and reception. We were even given access to the sacristy, when we had been informed before that we would not be able to use the sacristy. We always bring our own liturgical supplies, but we appreciated the change of mind and kind gesture. However, we found it interesting that the sign announcing Adele's Memorial Mass stated twice that Adele Jones' funeral was a "private service".
Below you will see the Memorial liturgy and lovely photos of her son, Rick seated at the piano, and other family members and friends as well as Dotty Shugrue and myself, Bridget Mary Meehan, who represented our entire Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests who could not be physically, but were present in spirit. May our dear Adele sing and dance forever with the angels and saints!
Adele's legacy of wisdom and joy will live on forever in the hearts of all who loved her, Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org