Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Acting On a Deep Call to a Different Ministry" by Dawn Cherie Araujo, National Catholic Reporter/ Nuns and Priestly Ministry

 ARCWP Ordination in Louisville, KY.
It's impossible to know exactly how many women entered religious life with an unrequited or latent desire for priestly ministry. But if the current number of Womenpriests who used to be sisters is any indication, it was more than a few. There's no hard data on the issue, but insiders at Roman Catholic Womenpriests, an international organization that has ordained about 103 women and married men since 2002, estimate that more than half of the women they've ordained were once Catholic sisters. 
Photo;Left to right: Rosemarie Smead, Bridget Mary Meehan, Barbara Duff, all were nuns in traditional orders, now are priests with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. 
Bridget Mary's Response:
Many former and current nuns have been performing priestly ministry for years in service to God's people.
They are ideal candidates for ordination. As bishop of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests and a Sister for Christian Community, I rejoice that we are now ordaining these women of deep faith and generous service to our church.
We offer "catacomb" status to women who cannot go public because of their present ministry. Kudos to Dawn Cherie Aranjo for this article, "Acting on a deep call to a different ministry"!  No wonder the Vatican is worried! The nuns are part of the holy shakeup in every area of ministry today! Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, www.arcwp.org
Spanish Translation:
http://evangelizadorasdelosapostoles.wordpress.com/2014/08/27/religiosas-y-el-ministerio-sacerdotal-dawn-cherie-araujo/


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