Media Release: Aug. 13, 2014
Sarasota Catholic Community Celebrates 45th Wedding Anniversary of Married Priest Couple: Lee and Carol Ann Breyer on Sat. Aug. 16th at Mass, 4PM – St. Andrew UCC, Sarasota, Fl.
Contact: Bridget Mary Meehan 703-505-0004
On Sat. Aug. 16th, 2014, at 4:00 PM Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community will celebrate the 45th wedding anniversary of married priest couple Carol Ann and Lee Breyer with a liturgy followed by a barbecue at St. Andrew UCC - 6908 Beneva Rd. in Sarasota, Florida, 34238. Lee and Carol Ann will preside at this celebration.
St. Peter was married and so were 39 popes. Now Pope Francis hinted recently that married priests may be coming to a parish near you. In an interview on Sunday with , an Italian Newspaper, Francis described the practice of priestly celibacy as a “problem” in need of fixing.
|Carol Ann and Lee Breyer co-presiding at liturgy |
at Mary Mother of Jesus
Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Fl.
You can get a preview of a dynamic married priest couple in action at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota. Today married priests serve divorced Catholics who wish to marry again; young couples who want to be married on beaches, in backyards, and in hotel or other public facilities; LGBT members whose states recognize their civil marriages; families of deceased Catholics who no longer are connected with a parish, but who desire Catholic burials; those seeking Catholic Baptisms for children outside of formal Church membership; and on certain occasions, those who seek Reconciliation outside of a formal confessional setting.
Many married priests are also serving in worshipping communities that meet in non-Catholic churches, private homes, or shopping centers outside of respective dioceses. Mary, Mother of Jesus Inclusive, Catholic Church, offers just such an opportunity for married clergy and others to minister publicly to the People of God. The practice of using Co-Presiders in liturgies completes the partnership example envisioned a half century ago. Together with Roman Catholic Women Priests, the married couples continue their service and witness to the “new model” which has its roots in original community gatherings described in the Acts of the Apostles and continued during the early centuries of Christianity.
Priests who sincerely believed during the era of Vatican II that future Church practices would include optional, rather than mandatory, celibacy began to choose marriage as an effective way of broadening their ministerial calling through partnerships with spouses who shared their vision. The change in anticipated practice may have died with Pope John XXIII because it never happened. However, many dedicated married priests continued to serve those who were often disenchanted with the post-Vatican II failure to implement many of the changes hinted at in Council documents. Today we are aware of organizations such as CORPUS, CITI (Community Is the Issue), and the Federation of Christian Ministries that provide some structure and endorsement of Sacramental actions performed by married priests.