|Joanna Truelson Photo Sora O'Doherty|
"Joanna Truelson took a big step in her spirituality last
when the Orinda resident was ordained a Roman Catholic
womanpriest at a ceremony at the Orinda Community
Church June 25.
The ordination, the first of its type in Orinda, was under
the auspices of Roman Catholic Womenpriests,
an organization founded in 2002 in Germany.
The officiant was womanbishop Olivia Doko of
San Luis Obispo, who was ordained a womanpriest
in 2006 and a womanbishop in 2010.
During the ordination Bishop Doko stated,
"We are not restricted by the past."
The Roman Catholic Womenpriests describes itself as a
renewal movement within the Catholic church
that began in Germany with the ordination of
seven women on the Danube River in 2002.
After the ordination of the first priests,
women have also been ordained womenbishops so that,
according to the Roman Catholic Womenpriests,
they continue to ordain priests in the Apostolic succession.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests claims that the
ordinations they perform are "valid but illicit,"
as they are in violation of Canon Law.
But they believe that they are in conformance
with Apostolic Succession. ..
..." According to the Center for Applied Research
in the Apostolate, which collects statistics on Catholicism
in the United States, in 2015 there were 37,578 Catholic
priests in the U.S. for a total Catholic population of
There were 3,533 parishes that had no resident pastor and
the number of active diocesan priests per parish has been
steadily declining from two in 1965 to one in 2015.
Truelson was raised in New York and studied nursing at
Belle-view Hospital. After moving to California,
she obtaining a BSN degree, and a master's from the
University of California San Francisco, with a major in
Mental Health Nursing Administration.
She worked as a medical surgical pediatric coordinator
for 24 years. Following a year in which her father died and
she got divorced, with two young children, age two and five,
she changed her profession to realtor,
which allowed her to spend more time with her children.
Truelson found a program called "A Course in Miracles."
First she took the course; now she acts as a facilitator.
She followed Matthew Fox from Holy Names College
to his own University of Creation Spirituality,
and in 2000 obtained the degree of Doctor of Ministry...
Truelson later attended the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley,
and was ordained an Interfaith Minister, also in the year 2000...
Now Truelson feels that she has found her home in the RCWP.
Truelson has been a Womenpriest deacon, and is a
founding member of Namaste Catholic Community in Orinda,
which meets for Mass on the second and forth
Saturdays of each month at the Orinda Community..."
Thursday, June 30, 2016
"Womenpriests Ordain First Orinda Woman Catholic Priest,"Joanna Truelson RCWP. Article by by Sora O'Doherty
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