Sunday, July 31, 2016

10th Anniversary of First Women Priests and Deacons Ordained in USA

On July 31, 2006, twelve Roman Catholic women walked aboard the Majestic, an old triple-decked paddle wheel river boat in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and into history. Eight women were ordained  priests and four women were ordained deacons. We, the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priest celebrate their vision and courage, and honor them today!
(posted by Mary Theresa Streck)




Eileen DiFranco, Olivia Doko, Joan Houk, Kathleen Kunster, Bridget Mary Meehan, Roberta Meehan, Sibyl DanaReynolds, and Kathy Vandenberg were ordained priests according to the ancient rites of ordination in the Roman Catholic Church.  This was the first ordination of Roman Catholic women in the United States.  


On this same day, Cheryl Bristol, Juanita Cordero, Mary Ellen Robertson and Janice Sevre-Duszynska were ordained deacons on the Majestic. 


Since 2006, the ordained women have formed inclusive, small church communities that serve others where all are welcome. 












The following video was created by Peg Bowen and Mary Theresa Streck, members of ARCWP, to honor and celebrate Bridget Mary.








1 comment:

Emily John said...

How wonderful to see these photos. Thank you all, my courageous sisters, true Roman Catholic priests! I celebrate with you.