Sunday, March 8, 2015

Happy International Women's Day! The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) is Living Gospel Equality Now and "Making It Happen"

On International Women's Day, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests rejoices that we are living Gospel equality now in local grassroots communities. Our vision is a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals. The photo below is of Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community (MMOJ) celebrating a liturgy in Sarasota, Florida. In our inclusive liturgies all are welcome to receive Communion. At MMOJ we have dialogue homilies to honor the Spirit of God speaking through the people of God.  We gather in a circle around the altar even when we have over 60 people to pray the Eucharistic Prayer.  www.marymotherofjesus.org

There are inclusive Catholic Communities in many places in the United States, Canada, and South America  where women priests and married priests  minister in an egalitarian, empowered communities.  We are living the theme of Internatioanl Women's Day as we "make it happen," in the Catholic Church, in diverse interfaith ministries , and in prophetic witness for peace, justice and equality in our world. 

Is God calling you to be a priest? Do you feel passionate about  creating a more just and egalitarian church that lives Jesus' message today?  Would you like to be a supporter of our movement? If so, contact me at sofiabmm@aol.com and visit our website: www.arcwp.org, You can "make it happen!"  
Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP 
Priest Katy Zatsick, ARCWP  in vestments and  Deacon Kathryn Shea, ARCWP, in stole co-preside at Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community Liturgy in Sarasota, Florida
All around the world, International Women's Day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women while calling for greater equality.
Make It Happen is the 2015 theme for our internationalwomensday.com global hub, encouraging effective action for advancing and recognising women.
Each year International Women's Day (IWD) is celebrated on March 8. The first International Women's Day was held in 1911. Thousands of events occur to mark the economic, political and social achievements of women. Organisations, governments, charities, educational institutions, women's groups, corporations and the media celebrate the day.
Various organisations identify their own International Women's Day theme, specific to their local context and interests. Many charities, NGOs and Governments also adopt a relevant theme or campaign to mark the day. For example, organisations like the UN, Oxfam, Women for Women, Care International, Plan, World Association of Girl Guides & Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) and more - run exciting and powerful campaigns that raise awareness and encourage donations for good causes. The UN has been declaring an annual equality theme for many years.


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