..."Schessler's communion was 68 year ago at Our Lady of the Valley Church in Orange. What followed was a life of religious service with the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell. She taught school, directed religious education and then immersed herself in helping children in the inner cities.
But she -- like the other women ordained last weekend and their sister priests around the world -- had a growing dissatisfaction with the "lack of inclusivity" and "ego domination" of the male hierarchy.
"I was tired of people telling God how to be God," she said.
Two years ago, at age 73, she made the decision to seek priesthood and said "the freedom that came with that decision is the freest I've ever felt in my life."
Inclusivity is a word the Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) organization is built upon. The movement began in Germany in 2002 with seven women who were ordained on the Danube River by an Argentine Catholic bishop who cut his ties to Rome and began a church he believed would be more progressive.
Those women chose ex-communication by Rome, which, simply put, is like leaving a club you were never allowed to join...."