Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests to Ordain New Hampshire Woman as Priest

Release Date: June 9, 2015

From: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests www.arcwp.org
Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska, D.Min. (media) 859-684-4247, rhythmsofthedance1@gmail.com
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, 703-505-0004, sofiabmm@aol.com
On Saturday June 20, 2015 at 1 p.m., the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests will ordain Mary Catherine White a priest. The presiding bishop will be Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota. The ceremony will take place at The Shelburne Union Church, Village Road, Shelburne, NH 03581. All are welcome.

The woman priest movement in the Roman Catholic Church is a bridge between the top-down Church as it has evolved today and the discipleship of equals community of faith model in the early church. We are making a way by ordaining women as an issue of justice and then offering a renewed model, similar to the early house church model!

Because our movement is flourishing, we plan to ordain women bishops in Philadelphia on September 24th. Pope Francis will be there that weekend.

Mary Catherine White NHRomanCatholicWomanPriest@gmail.com 603.616.9729 lives in the beautiful White Mountains in Gorham, New Hampshire. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine and is completing her Master of Theology Degree though Global Ministries University. Mary formerly served in the Roman Catholic Church in many capacities, including as a Director of Religious Education, RCIA coordinator, religious educator, spiritual director, and Parish Outreach Coordinator for New Hampshire Catholic Charities. She is a Certified Family Mediator and Guardian ad Litem and works in family courts. With a background in substance abuse treatment, she ministers to those struggling with addictions. Mary is part of an inclusive faith community that celebrates Eucharist in a house church. At the age of twelve she remembers being called to priesthood.

“As a former Director of Religious Education, I love ministering to the young people. They are the future of our church.” She and her husband Adam are avid motorcyclists and have two daughters and a six-year-old grandson.

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