|Left to right; Anne Wright, Rita Lucey and Roy Bourgeois|
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, D.Min. (Media) email@example.com 859.684.4247
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Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Rita Lucey email@example.com 407.690.3293
On Saturday, Jan. 17th at 2 p.m. the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests will ordain Rita Lucey, 80, the first woman priest in Orlando, FL. Three deacons will also be ordained: Kathryn Shea of Sarasota, Jim Marsh of Albany, NY and St. Petersburg, FL and Mary Catherine White of Gorham, NH. The presiding bishop will be Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota. The ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. at Christ Church Unity, 771 Holden Ave. in Orlando. All are welcome.
Rita Lucey, 80, of Orlando, a mother, grandmother and member of Pax Christi, has been married for 62 years. As a military wife of 20 years she became the Religious Education Director on military bases stateside and overseas and “was always impressed by the sharing of ONE chapel by people of all faiths.” She is a human rights activist who, at the age of 64, spent six months in federal prison to close the U.S. Army School of the Americas. Because of her witness for justice issues and her experience in prison, she has advocated for incarcerated women and has also served as a Hospice Volunteer for 25 years. She gives local talks on the UN Declaration of Human Rights. Rita has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola New Orleans.
There are now 200 ordained in the international women priest movement in 10 countries, including 160 in the U.S. serving 60 communities. We celebrate inclusive liturgies with feminine as well as masculine images of God. All are invited to our Eucharistic table including LGBTs, and divorced and remarried Catholics. Like Rosa Parks in the Civil Rights movement, women priests are breaking an unjust law in the Catholic Church.