Saturday, January 2, 2016

People's Catholic Seminary: A Journey to Spiritual Transformation, Inclusive, Liberating, Empowering and Equal

http://arcwp.org/peoples-seminary
http://pcseminary.blogspot.com/

Vision

People’s Catholic Seminary[1], a seminary without walls, offers courses to inspire and educate individuals and groups who embrace a vision of church that is inclusive, liberating, empowering and equal.
Matthew Fox, one of the great visionaries of our times, proposes that contemporary seminaries move from knowledge factories to wisdom schools. PCP offers pathways to theological and ministerial competencies in a renewed priestly ministry that nurtures our baptismal call to live holy lives as midwives of grace in mystical, prophetic, and sacramental communities of equals.

Mission

People’s Catholic Seminary provides educational courses that appeal to mainstream Catholics and to those on the margins. Our courses foster an expanded worldview of our liberating God of compassion present in all and working for justice for all through systemic change. As co-creators and companions on a journey, we share the wisdom of God in our sacred texts, theologies, sacred practices, sacramental celebrations, and lived experiences.

Overview of Education Programs

Ordination

People’s Catholic Seminary offers certificate programs for candidates on the journey to ordination and for supporters and community members. The certificate programs provide a comprehensive overview to theology, scripture, women studies and sacramental ministry. These programs are designed for the candidate preparing for priesthood who needs the basic courses to begin a pathway to ministry.

Spiritual Development and Enrichment

People’s Catholic Seminary provides a broad range of learning experiences and spirituality programs that are open to adult participants regardless of previous educational background. We recognize that women’s roles in the world religions are undergoing dramatic shifts and changes that have been inspired by a transformative consciousness of gender equality and justice.

Certificate Programs

Certificate Program I – Introduction to Pastoral Ministry
101. Introduction to Contemporary Theology (six sessions)
102. Jesus in the Gospels: Equality and Empowerment
103. Mystics and Visionaries in the Christian Tradition (Part 1)

104. Sacraments
Certificate Program II – Justice and Gender Equality
201. Biblical Justice for Women
202. Women & Christianity
203. Reshaping the Priesthood as a Discipleship of Equals
204. Mystics and Visionaries in the Christian Tradition (Part 2)

Professional Development Courses

Evolutionary Theology
Celtic Women in the Christian Tradition
History of Religion in the US
Prayer and Meditation
Spiritual Direction
Spirituality for the 21st Century

Cost

The average cost is $20 per session. Courses run from 6-10 sessions. The sessions are mostly on-line through SLACK and VoiceThread. 

Founders

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP and Dr. Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP are founding members of the People’s Catholic Seminary. Please send inquiries about the People’s Catholic Seminary to peoplescatholicseminary@gmail.com

[1] People’s Catholic Seminary is a not-for-profit organization sponsored by the Inclusive Catholic Community of the NYS Capital Region, Inc.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Homily: Welcome All to the Place of Epiphany: Judy Lee, RCWP

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 At this Feast of the Epiphany we celebrate the full inclusion of people of other religions and countries to the discovery of Jesus, the Christ.  Significantly, these seekers from another place and religion who saw an amazingly bright star in the darkness and followed it to the baby Jesus may well have been from Persia, Iran today.  They sought, they followed, they found and they brought their gifts. The hunger for something more of God, the willingness to leave the familiar and comfortable, to travel in the darkness, to see with new light, to understand anew and thereby find, and to respond by the gift of one’s treasures to God is a road that we are all invited to take. May it lead us to God, may it lead us to the Christ-child.  And may we welcome all people from everywhere and in all states of knowledge and being to the Christ, leaving no one out.
Here we present some insights from other preachers and theologians- from an African American woman theologian, from a Roman Catholic woman priest, from a contemporary Protestant preacher and a time honored theologian,that add to our epiphany this day.
As I look at my congregation on Sunday-all colors, all races, from several countries speaking several languages, very poor and financially comfortable, young and old I see the richness of Epiphany before me-for I discover in each the face of Christ.
Let us look up and look around and open our eyes.
Rev. Dr. Judy Lee, RCWP
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From African American Theologian Bernice Reagon Johnson
The Feast of the Epiphany, as this Sunday is sometimes called in Christendom, marks the last of the Twelve Days of Christmas. It is the significant celebration of the visit of the Magi to the Manger Messiah. Epiphany retells to us the story of the adoration and welcome from foreign delegations to Bethlehem’s stable and the witness of the corral of livestock, shepherds, and an angelic retinue in that crisp, cold, quiet stillness of the night where the Prince of Peace and infant King of Kings lay.
In the Classical sense an epiphany, a concept derived from the ancient Greek word   (epiphaneia), meaning a “manifestation” or “striking appearance,” is the sudden realization, understanding, or comprehension of the larger essence or meaning of something. This term is often used in either a philosophical or literal sense to signify that the claimant has “found the last piece of the puzzle and now sees the whole picture.” It is indicative of new information or a new experience, often insignificant by itself, that illuminates a deeper numinous foundational frame of reference. The Epiphanic Juncture is the place where a luminous light is cast upon deep darkness and that which was enigmatic is now startlingly clear.
Such was the occasion of both the visit of those whose wisdom had given them the insight to know that this happening in the backstretches of Judea was no insignificant occurrence….”
FROM ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMAN PRIEST REV BEVERLY BINGLE:
Jesus of Nazareth is indeed our epiphany,
opening our eyes and hearts
to what is deepest in the life of all things,
the sacredness of everything that is.
He reveals the hidden ground of our being.
It’s an epiphany!
The manifestation of God in human form!….
__________________________________________
Matthew’s gospel gives us snapshots
of two kinds of relationships in our human world:
there is the wrong relationship,
revealed in Herod’s fear and malicious intent,
and there is the right relationship,
revealed in the open searching of the magi,
their honest questioning,
their recognition of the graciousness of God
in the newborn child,
and the unquestioning welcome
extended to these strangers from the East
by the family in the stable.
__________________________________________
The news these days is pretty much awful—
pain and suffering,
violence and mayhem,
tragedy and catastrophe.
If I thought that was all there was,
I could conclude that the world is nothing but evil.
And I would be wrong.
The fact is that the TV and radio and newspaper stories
are news
because they are the exception.
The rule is love, peace, and harmony.
People get along.
Goodness is the norm.
Love and peace are unexceptional—
the way things are, and that’s not news.
__________________________________________
Violet had been in a pretty tough situation
when she walked into Claver House five months ago,
unkempt and hungry and wary and sad…
and pregnant.
One of the volunteers sat down
and talked with her as she was eating
and asked the right questions:
any doctor for pre-natal care?
any resources to get baby stuff?
family and friends to help along the way?
And she was given phone numbers and contact names
for Heartbeat, and a shelter, and the hours at the food pantry.
The change was gradual over the next few months—
clean clothes, clean hair, the beginnings of trust.
She came in regularly, began to smile and talk with folks.
On Christmas Eve morning, Vi showed up
with her tiny baby daughter, three weeks old.
I watched as this rough-and-tumble, down-and-out gathering
of women and men surrounded mother and child,
fussing over them, gentle and kind.
I saw the good news come alive once again,
another manifestation of God-with-us and in us and among us.
It is good news, and it’s everywhere,
but it doesn’t make headlines because it’s normal.
__________________________________________
Depravity is not what we find in the very depth of our being.
We’re not sinful in our basic nature.
We come forth on this earth as part of the gracious mystery of God,
sparking forth from all eternity.
We are created in relationship.
When we separate ourselves from other people or from nature,
we separate ourselves from God.
When we act in right relationship,
we show what we are made of.
We manifest God in the world.
We—you, me, each of us—is an epiphany,
a revelation of God to one another and to the world.

Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m.
Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington Church)
Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle, Pastor
Mailing address: 3156 Doyle Street, Toledo, OH 43608-2006

From Bruce Epperly
“….The Adventurous Lectionary – Epiphany Sunday – January 3, 2016
Matthew 2:1-15
The Second Sunday of Christmas will also be celebrated as Epiphany Sunday …. we will celebrate God’s light through gospel music and communion. In a time of political xenophobia, we will remember that the magi most likely came from Iran, and we will look for God’s presence in unexpected places and among unexpected people – the homeless, Syrian refugees, and undocumented immigrants….

Today, certain politicians would bar Muslims from entering our nation. Native born terrorists deface Muslim houses of worship. This passage doesn’t prescribe immigration law or public policy, or privilege liberal or conservative ideologies, but it does affirm that God is present in other faith traditions, even those from which our enemies arise.
The magi were guided by a star. However we understand the movements of the stars – astronomically or astrologically – there is congruence, the scripture suggests, between heaven and earth, between the non-human and human worlds. God’s word and wisdom – Logos and Sophia – are the creative principles of all things, guiding the stars and our souls to wholeness. We live in a revelatory universe, where the stars above and the spirit within witness to God’s loving providence. A child’s cry echoes God’s voice; a camel bearing the magi presents divine gifts; and foreigners receive a revelation…
The magi “left for their country by another road.” Following God may mean changing direction or choosing a new route for our lives. Sometimes this road presents new vistas and fills us with excitement. God’s star may take us to strange places, and yet when God changes our direction, God gives us directions for the journey.
Other times, we recognize that we will be lost if we fail to take another route, or change our lives. Transformation occurs as a result of divine lure, it also occurs through our recognition that we must change or die. The magi’s careful planning needed to be revised in light of God’s new vision presented to them….
The flight of the holy family is a reminder that forced immigration – political or economic – is also part of God’s revelation to humankind. While we need to be a “nation of laws,” we should greet immigrant children as Christ-children rather than alien invaders, and we should welcome them with clothes and meals, not placards and invectives. They too are following stars and are inspired by dreams – of survival, a better life for their children, and peaceful communities. The journey of the magi also reminds us that revelation is given to – and can come from – persons beyond our ethnic and religious boundaries. God is generous with revelation and salvation….”
And for our Meditation a Poem by Lutheran theologian: Walter Brueggemann
Epiphany
On Epiphany day,
we are still the people walking.
We are still people in the dark,
and the darkness looms large around us,
beset as we are by fear,
anxiety,
brutality,
violence,
loss —
a dozen alienations that we cannot manage.
We are — we could be — people of your light.
So we pray for the light of your glorious presence
as we wait for your appearing;
we pray for the light of your wondrous grace
as we exhaust our coping capacity;
we pray for your gift of newness that
will override our weariness;
we pray that we may see and know and hear and trust
in your good rule.
That we may have energy, courage, and freedom to enact
your rule through the demands of this day.
We submit our day to you and to your rule, with deep joy and high hope.
Now a professor emeritus of Old Testament studies at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, Georgia, Brueggemann has authored over seventy books. Taken from his Prayers for a Privileged People (Nashville: Abingdon, 2008), p. 163.

A Blessed Day and New Year of Epiphany! 
Rev Judy Lee RCWP,

Trailer to Film: Dr. Ida Raming, RCWP, Journey to Priesthood (English Subtitles)

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Open Letter to Cardina G.L Muller, Prefect of CDF/Vatican From Theologian Dr. Ida Raming, RCWP

                                    Open Letter to Cardinal G. L. Müller                                             

Dr. theol. Ida Raming
 (Germany)

To the Prefect of the CDF                                                   December  2015
Card. Gerhard Ludwig Mueller
Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio
00120 Città del Vaticano

Rev. Cardinal,
Out of concern for negative developments in our RC Church which are deeply contrary to the Spirit of Jesus, I want to appeal to you as chief of the CDF.
First, please, allow me to introduce myself to you: I am a Roman Catholic theologian with a doctorate in theology, and was promoted as a member of the faculty of the University of Muenster (Westphalia) in 1970. I'm  also an active witness of the Vatican Council II (having submitted a petition to the Council in 1963, together with Dr. Iris Mueller, who died in  2011).
In my dissertation, (published in 1973, second edition 2002; English translation: 1976,  2004), I carefully researched the position of women in the tradition of the  RC Church, especially the reasons for the exclusion of women from diaconate and priesthood.    
My teacher (+ 1988) was a well-known specialist in the history of Canon Law and of Canon  Law itself.
Since entering the field of theology, I have attentively observed the development concerning this issue and have published numerous articles and several books on it.
Through my research, I've gotten a deep insight into the long history of discrimination against women in the Catholic tradition. I found not only biblical texts discriminating against women, but also texts of Church Fathers and Church teachers (e.g. Augustine, Thomas Aquinas). They emphasize that women are both genetically  and morally inferior to men. Therefore, they claim that women are restricted to a state of subjection (status subiectionis). Consequently, women are denied not only the dignity of being created in the image of God (at the very least, this is deeply questioned)  but also the possibility of being validly ordained  (cf  the argumentation of  Thomas Aquinas and other canonists, concerning the state of subjection of women and the ordination of women).
These texts were collected as sources into the Corpus Iuris Canonici and laid the foundation of the so-called impossibility of women's ordination, as CIC/1917 c. 968 § 1 declares: „Sacram ordinationem valide recipit solus vir baptizatus“- „Only a baptised  man can validly receive sacred ordination“). This law was taken over into the CIC/1983 c. 1024 without any change, despite the protest of women's movements and critical scientific research.
The result is:
The exclusion of women from ordination to priesthood is based on a severe, long lasting discrimination against women which can be proven by many sources from church history and church tradition. This history remains closed to honest reappraisal by church-leaders even in our own times, and therefore the discrimination remains in place to the present day.
Of course, today the responsible church-leaders avoid referring to the so-called inferiority of women as reason for their non-ordination, – the present social situation and ideals in democratic states are such that this argument would be dismissed out of hand.
But behind the argumentation of the Church leadership concerning the “non-ordination“ of women, you can still find the ongoing discrimination against women, – it is simply disguised.

·        Referring to the exclusion of women from ordination, Church Leaders (including the CDF) declare that Jesus was totally  free in choosing only twelve males as apostles.
This argumentation does not take into account that the position of women during Jesus' lifetime was totally inferior (excluded from teaching in public and from witnessing in the court). Thus women were not able to act as apostles, who were sent by Jesus to teach and give publicly witness.  By the same token, Jesus could not choose a slave (legally incapacitated) into the group of  the Twelve – by way of striving for the liberation of slaves!   
It is evident: Church doctrine  without taking into account social-cultural and historic developments inevitably leads to false conclusions and false doctrine!

·        In order to support the exclusion of women from priestly ministry, Church leaders also refer to the “otherhood“, the “other, or gender-specific, role of women“.
But who defines the so-called “otherhood“, or “other role” of women?  It is only the Church leadership – in relation to whom women  are in a state of subordination!
Indeed, it is revealing and striking that Church leaders are always stressing that the exclusion of women from ordained priestly ministry does not imply any discrimination or disadvantage to women! That is, of course, an effort  by the leading Church-pastors to assuage women, to disguise the injustice against them. However, the truth  is that only the ones who are oppressed by the injustice – the women – are able to express what they feel as discrimination against them, not the decision-makers (= Church leaders)!

In my opinion, the doctrine of the Church in "Ordinatio Sacerdotalis"  (John Paul II., 1994) is mistaken when it claims “that the church has no authority whatsoever to confer priestly ordination on women“.  Indeed, I wish to emphasize that the church (church leadership) does have “the authority to confer priestly ordination on women”!
They can surely rely on the following texts of the Bible:
1 Cor 12:11:  „All these gifts  are the work of one and the same Spirit, and he/she gives them to each one, just as he/she determines.“
That means: God is freely calling women to priestly ministry, no-one can limit God to calling only men to priesthood!

Gal 3:26-28: „So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus...“ 

These words of scripture are awaiting acknowledgement and realization in the RC Church.
Because of  church leaders’  persistance  in their patriarchal behavior and spirit, the realization of these words of the Bible is prevented – to the detriment of our church.
But in spite of this, it is my hope and belief that God's living spirit will introduce the church “into all truth“ (cf. John: 16,13), even concerning the position of women  – in the face of  the resistance of church leaders!

In this hope for the Spirit of Truth I send you greetings,    
Ida Raming

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Homily for Holy Spirit Catholic Community, Feast of Epiphany, Jan, 3, 2016 by Beverly Bingle, RCWP

Jesus of Nazareth is indeed our epiphany,
opening our eyes and hearts
to what is deepest in the life of all things,
the sacredness of everything That Is.
He reveals the hidden ground of our Being.
It's an epiphany!
The manifestation of God in human ! form
While our celebration today Focuses on Jesus,
it points to an even larger and deeper truth:
God is manifest not only in Jesus
but Also in every human being
. and every piece of matter in the universe as well
We are all one-
one world, one universe,
all created of the same stardust,
all of us
and all of it held in relationship,
. a cosmic dance
__________________________________________
Matthew's gospel Gives Us snapshots
of two kinds of relationships in our human world:
there is the wrong relationship,
revealed in Herod's fear and malicious intent,
and there is the right relationship,
revealed in the open searching of the magi,
Their honest questioning,
Their recognition of the graciousness of God
in the newborn child,
and the unquestioning welcome
extended to These strangers from the East
by the family in the stable.
__________________________________________
The news These Days is pretty much awful-
pain and suffering,
violence and mayhem,
tragedy and catastrophe.
If I thought That was all there was,
Could I close up commercial That the world is nothing but evil.
And I would be wrong.
The Fact Is That the TV and Radio and newspaper stories
are news
Because They are the exception.
The rule is love, peace, and harmony.
People get along.
Goodness is the norm.
Love and peace are unexceptional-
the way things are, and that's not news.
__________________________________________
Violet HAD Been in a pretty tough situation
When She Walked into Claver House five months ago,
unkempt and hungry and wary and sad ...
and pregnant.
One of the volunteers sat down
and Talked With Her ace she was eating
and Asked the right questions:
? any physician for prenatal care
? any resources to get baby stuff
? family and friends to help along the way
And She Was Given phone numbers and contact names
for Heartbeat, and a shelter, and the hours at the food pantry.
The change was gradual over the next few months-
clean clothes, clean hair, the beginnings of trust.
She came in Regularly, smile and Began to Talk with folks.
On Christmas Eve morning, I saw Showed up
With her tiny baby daughter, three weeks old.
I watched as esta rough-and-tumble, down-and-out gathering
of women and men surrounded mother and child,
fussing over them, gentle and kind.
I saw the good news come alive eleven again,
another manifestation of God-with-us and in us and among us.
It is good news, and it's everywhere,
but it does not make headlines Because It's average.
__________________________________________
Depravity is not what we find in the very depth of our Being.
We're not in our basic sinful nature.
We come forth on This Earth as part of the gracious mystery of God,
sparking forth from all eternity.
We are created in relationship.
When we separate ourselves from other people or from nature,
we separate ourselves from God.
When we act in right relationship,
we show what we are made ​​of.
We manifest God in the world.
We-you, me, each of us-is an epiphany,
a revelation of God to one another and to the world. - Holy Spirit Catholic Community Saturdays at 4:30 pm Sundays at 5:30 pm at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington Church) www.holyspirittoledo.org Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle, Pastor Mailing address: 3156 Doyle Street, Toledo, OH 43608-2006









Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea, ARCWP Her Journey to Bishop as a Reaffirmation of Renewed Priestly Ministry

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BECAUSE SHE ACCEPTED reaffirmation
My priesthood *
When I was called by the Ruah, to exercise the priestly ministry, my question was always: why me? It challenged me and made me think: "do not call you the Ruah, you're calling yourself", Said y / y; "You're looking for power," "you're just looking for an altar" Said another / a. "If you Will Become" Cardenala "will not have my submission and my obedience," Said someone else. Another: "You are very maternalist, and grandecitas us and we need you to look after us, vigiles and controls." "We Have not matured yet, no consensus yet, we need bishop," Said another. The election process is in question, you are Asked to turn back. , Although it is wanted, this is impossible, Have Been Followed international standards, at the Annual Meeting, the voting rule has-been approved in Assembly.
In the above questions, you note Clearly, we still need to assimilate what a Renewed priestly ministry of the Church. Still exudes the fear of repeating a patriarchal-sexist priestly ministry. It is something That is obvious and unavoidable yet.Rev Janice S. presenting Olga Lucia Alvarez
The Rev Janice Makes the presentation of Olga Lucia
                                                 to the Assembly
Thanking after the presentation to the Assistant Community.
Appreciating the presentation to the Assistant Community.
Prostration before the Divinity
          Prostration before the Divinity
Several biblical texts, I sprang to Reflect and pray. The text of Samuel 1: 3 and then a thought WHO called me?  Matthew 4:19. "Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men"  Santa Laura Montoya almost HAD Problems with this text, as she said: "I have thirst men". Language and linguist, not always manifest what we mean, and less when it Lacks an inclusive language: I have thirst to make free men and women, to discover as I Have Been doing, how the Presence of the Divine love is doing wonders in each of us / you, Luke 1: 46-56 Despite Our ​​baseness and human condition.
Imposing the oil on His Head.
       Imposing the oil on His Head.
Also I HAD my doubts, my fears, run the risk of loneliness, fear of Being Criticized by Those Who Claimed to be my friends. You feel the threat in the air, you're alone and abandoned as and're in accept That "niche". This is what I felt and what I have lived in Original months, During and choice.
Presiding Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan imposes hands.
Presiding Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan imposes hands.
The co-celebrant Bishop Dana Reynolds Sibyl laying hands.
The co-celebrant Bishop  Dana Reynolds Sibyl laying hands.
Juanita Lamb, Mary B and sisters lay hands
Juanita Lamb, Mary B and sisters lay hands
Why I Agreed to be ordered? To announce the Good News " . The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, Because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to September at Those Who are oppressed liberty "Luke 4:18.
The laying on of hands and the Community clergywomen
Laying on of hands of clergywomen and the Community, Dorothy, Mary T and Janice.
Another text the  "yes"  of Mary priestly. And coming to her and I said:
"Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with you". ... ..The Angel said:. "Fear not, Mary, for You have found with God please You will conceive and bear a son and you will name him Jesus He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. ; The Lord God will give him the throne of David His father, and I Shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end "...... ...
Said Mary, "I am the handmaid of the Lord; cúmplase Me What You Told Me." Luke 1: 26-38
Book imposition of the Altar.
                           Book imposition of the Altar.
Whenever esta message of Divinity has-been very strong in me and I felt a fullness, impossible to Explain, Especially When I Have Been Able to apply not only in myself, but in my sisters / os, need / as oppressed / ace and excluded / ace. Is not this the never lose the joy of the Gospel That "fills the heart and the Entire life of Those Who are with Jesus"? (Evangelium gaudium 1).
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan delivers the Book of Altar.
Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan delivers the Book of Altar.
It is the  "yes"  of Mary, Who Gives meaning to my priestly ministry. It is felt That the "yes" of Mary, we must claim it. She is the forgotten priest ... who wanted to hide, covering gold, adorned With Jewels, scepter and crown adorned With very high gems, at altars in niches locked away from His people. I remember an experience I lived and met in Barbacoas-Nariño, on the banks of river Telembí, a mining town, rich in gold and very poor. One night, co-San Dimas, stripped of all those ornaments Mary, and the village women, When They Realized His comment was "now the Virgin Mary has Become like us."
What makes me accept the reaffirmation of my priestly ministry? 
The need, lived and felt a pastoral and human close. The acceptance and love of the Communities in Which I Have Been serving in Their offices or house Church (Chapinero Bogota, Soacha, Barranquilla, Cali (Valle) (Neighborhood Polvorines), women punished Medellin and Antioquia post-Asfaddes- missing relatives), and other WHO groups aspire to be treated like Popayan (Cauca) and Cañasgordas (Antioquia) Who Have Expressed His request for my ordination. I still remember after 5 years, (Sarasota, December 11/10) in carrying out the liturgy of the day, echoing and following the ritual of the Roman Pontifical, ACCORDING to the Norms of Vatican II (cf. SC 76) enacted in 1968 in the typical first edition With the title of the organization of deacon, priest and bishop:
That On occasion the Master of Ceremonies (Rev Judy Lee) Begins the ritual calling:
"MC (Master / or Ceremony): Approach The Candidate Who Will be ordained presbyter.
  • Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumea: Here I am.
.: MC Bishop, the Holy Mother Church ASKs That orders to this our sister presbyter.
Bishop: Do you know if it is worthy?
MC: In the review of Those Who have, after consulting the Christian people, testified That Has Been Deemed worthy. "
Why I accept the reaffirmation my priesthood?
In my service ministry announcing the Good News
In my service ministry announcing the Good News
DESPITE my doubts and fears, I felt the Divine force Through the Communities that I Accompany, support of MOST of my sisters / os priests / as; your phone calls, your staff communications and conversations ... Were present.
Receiving the staff of the unit and service
Receiving the staff of the unit and service
With God's strength is that I want it and I dare to Encourage the growth of the Church Through faith and Christian values ​​from gospel Teachings on justice and equity, inclusive and true way, expanding the priesthood as service, from church.
People celebrating With the Church of God in our ministry reaffirmation of service.
People celebrating With the Church of God in our ministry reaffirmation of service.
Support the participation of lay people in Their Communities, as well as Indicated in the ritual of the Roman Pontifical, Both for ordination to the diaconate, presbyterate and episcopate, Where They Were Given the authority to be Consulted, so there you go creating and give Those spaces. The priesthood and Its reaffirmation (diaconate, priesthood, episcopate) is not an honor, it is a service That is rendered to the Church and as well Hilario says "the ears of the people are higher than the mouth of priests" (1)
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They are they / as WHO Should Have deliberative voice in regard to the liturgy, catechesis and Concerning the organization of the Church.
Are they / as Those Who make us the demand for our services and teach us the power That Can not Be Concentrated in one person in any ecclesial instance.
Are they / as, Those Who build, live and make us vibrate in the sense of Church.
Are they / as Who should handle transparency ecclesial decisions, Avoiding any secrecy and insider management, Especially in economic and administrative matters of pastoral planning.
It is They Who teach us to live and do community sisterhood.
. Ecclesiology from Latin America. Victor Codina sj page 75.
Let me Divine Essence of Love, Peace and Reconciliation clamarte:
"Take away esta cup from me, yet not my will but Thine" Luke 22:42
I thank Those Who Have Believed in me, your vote and confidence. I thank Those Who Have Questioned and indeed Reflect, About what we do not want our priestly ministry. All this has Brought Me Closer to the Divine, and an alarm is always on alert.
Left co-celebrant Bishop Bernard Callahan, Elders and community celebrants ARCWP
Left co-celebrant Bishop Bernard Callahan, celebrants and Elders of the community ARCWP
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* Note That do not use the word bishop / a, word esta Because over the years (centuries) have lost the original meaning STIs, with a service in the first Christian Communities Were called, like episkopé or episkopo, becoming a sign of hierarchical and clericalized power, vertically, and not circulate, as has-been shaping up in our movement towards a change and Renewed priestly ministry in the Church, we not yet Perfected model, but we move on Through ups and downs.
Bibliography:
- The Bible.
- Richard Montes: Mary, priest forgotten. Imp. US March 21, 2015
- Ed Roman Pontifical. 1a.1968
- Victor Codina SJ ecclesiology from Latin America. Ed-Verbo Divino 2008
- Personal experience unedited.
* Roman Catholic presbyter.
Envigado, December 11, 2015