Press Release: April 22, 2014
Eighteen Catholics to be Confirmed by Woman Bishop in Sarasota
Pope Francis, You Asked For Evangelism, These are Christ's and These are Yours
Pastors Judy Lee and Judy Beaumont: 239-454-7426
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan: 941-955-2313
On Saturday April 26th, 2014 at 4PM in the St. Andrew Church in Sarasota, Florida eighteen people will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church with Rev. Dr. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP. These are members of the Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community in Fort Myers, Florida. Good Shepherd Pastors Rev. Dr. Judith Lee and Rev. Judith Beaumont, who are women priests with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, will be presenting them as Confirmands who are ready after a lengthy process of whole church catechesis and faith formation for the younger members.
Nine young people will be confirmed. Eight of these range in age from 12-18 and there is one seven year old who has been a bright star with us since her baptism four years ago. Nine adults are also choosing to confirm the promises of their baptism and promise to serve the Christ who welcomes all to the Table.
All of the Confirmands have been worshiping with the Good Shepherd Church for several years and many have experienced homelessness, unemployment and many of life's hardest struggles. All want to share the love of Christ with others and be strengthened by the Holy Spirit in Confirmation to do this. They have heard the call of Pope Francis to evangelize and will continue doing this with the poor and outcast of the community.