Monday, September 21, 2015

Roman Catholic Women Bishops to be Ordained in Philadelphia on September 24th during US Visit of Pope Francis

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
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Roman Catholic Women Bishops to be Ordained in Philadelphia on September 24th during US Visit of Pope Francis

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priest will live stream bishops’ ordination on Thursday, September 24 at 2:00pm at

Release date: September 24, 2015

From: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (See:
Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska, D.Min. (media) (859) 684-4247
Bridget Mary Meehan, (703) 505-0004
Slideshow of Women Priests Rising Up For Justice:
Women Priests are rising up for justice, changing the church one community at a time. We are building inclusive communities where all are welcome and all are equal. The good news is that the international women priests' movement has grown from the Danube Seven in 2002 to 215 in 2015. We serve over 75 communities.
Retired Bishop Francis Quinn of Sacramento has just come out in support of women’s ordination.
The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests welcomes Pope Francis to the United States and rejoices in his work to save Mother Earth and to transform unjust structures that marginalize the least and the last in our world. Until Pope Francis affirms the full equality of women in the church – including women priests – and makes the connection that poverty, violence and the abuse of women in the world are connected to the second-class status of women in the church, justice will not become a reality in the Catholic Church.
“Women Priests are a holy shakeup,” Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan states, “changing the church one priest and one community at a time. If Pope Francis were to open the way for women to be ordained, he would be embracing inclusivity and equality for all of God’s people. He would end injustice in the church which would significantly impact the rampant abuse of women in the world. We call on Pope Francis to lift all excommunications against women priests and all who follow their conscience.”
On Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 2 p.m. the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests will ordain three women bishops. They are Mary Eileen Collingwood of Boston Heights, a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio USA ((216); Michele Birch Conery of Windsor, Ontario, Canada (519) 962-7016 and Olga Lucia Alvarez of Medellin, Colombia (For English-speaking information about Olga contact Silvia Brandon-Perez (510) 294-8584.
The ordination will take place on September 24th at 2 p.m. at Pendle Hill Retreat and Conference Center, 338 Plush Mill Rd., Wallingford, PA 19086. (610) 566-4507. Pendle Hill is about 20 minutes from Philadelphia.
The ordaining bishops are Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, author of 20 books, including Living Gospel Equality Now.  She serves as a pastoral member of Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community in Sarasota, Bishop Sibyl Dana Reynolds, RCWP, is author of Ink and Honey, a historic and spiritual novel and founder of the Sisters of Belle Coeur, a contemporary, contemplative spiritual community. Bishop Bernard Callahan, a chaplain at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and a bishop with the Ecumenical Catholic Ordinariate, will co-consecrate.
The Federation of Christian Ministries (FCM) will be represented by its president, Thomas Cusak.
The bishops-elect are:
Mary E. Collingwood of Hudson, OH has served for over 40 years in church ministry. With an MA in Theology from St. Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in Wickliffe, OH, she served as Director of Religious Education, Coordinator for Marriage Preparation, Pastoral Associate, Director of the Diocesan Pro-Life Office and on various boards and councils. Mary and her husband, Rich, continue to be blessed with seven children and are grandparents. Weekly celebration of Eucharist, administering the sacraments, pastoral counseling, and supporting women in ordained ministry is her calling and passion. Mary was ordained a priest in Brecksville, OH on May 24, 2014.
Michele Birch Conery of Windsor, ONT Canada celebrated her 10th anniversary as Canada’s first woman priest on July 25th. Michele was ordained a deacon in Passau, Germany in 2004 and a priest in 2005 on the St. Lawrence Seaway. A retired professor of English Literature and Women’s Studies with a focus on Women and Religion, she lived and ministered on Vancouver Island with outreach to the LGBTQ Dignity Vancouver community. In 2013, she moved to Windsor where she collaborates with priest Barbara Billey, deacon Jeni Marcus and their Heart of Compassion Faith Communities in Ontario and Michigan.
Olga Lucia Alvarez of Medellin-Colombia was educated by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. She did USEMI Missionary work with indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities and was secretary of CELAM Medellin in 1968. Formation included religious studies, pastoral ministry, higher catechesis Superior, liberation theology and an emphasis on popular reading of the Bible. Olga was ordained a priest in Sarasota, FL on December 11, 2010. She accompanies several communities and strengthens the ecumenical base primarily of the itinerant. She works with women ex-convicts and ASFADDES (Association of Families of the Disappeared), is author of several books and articles in biblical-theological reflection and is a member of the Collective of Ecumenical Bible Scholars (CEDEMI).
CELAM stands for Consejo Episcopal Latinoamericano (, which in English is the Latin American Episcopal Conference (
USEMI is UniĆ³n Seglar de Misioneros, founded by Mgr. Gerardo Valencia Cano. It was a missionary group that worked throughout the country supporting and defending the rights of the poor and marginalized communities in Colombia, in particular indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities.

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