Friday, August 4, 2017

ARCWP Priests Visit Ireland: Day 4 at Glenstal Abbey with Mark Patrick Hederman, Former Abbot and Noirin Ni Riain, Newly Ordained Minister with One Spirit Interfaith Seminary

Mary Theresa Streck ARCWP, Noirin Ni Riain, Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, Joan Chesterfield ARCWP
Noirin Ni Riain, Mark Patrick Hederman, Bridget Mary Meehan and Joan Chesterfield

On August 4, 2017, we visited Glenstall Abbey in County Limerick, Ireland. Here we met with Mark Patrick Hederman and Noirin Ni Riain, a newly ordained minister with One Spirit Interfaith Seminary. She is the first woman from Ireland ordained by One Spirit.
Noirin warmly welcomed us to her home with coffee, tea and delicious baked goods. During our sharing we discussed Mark Patrick's philosophy and Noirin's seminary experience and future ministry. Bridget Mary, Mary Theresa and Joan shared our egalitarian, justice seeking model of a renewed priestly ministry with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. It was a joy to discover our mutual passion for the Divine Presence in our midst and the face of the Holy One in our relationships and world. Mark Patrick said that he thought the Holy Spirit had brought us together this day. We did too! It was a blessed, grace-laden experience. Mark Patrick is the author of numerous books including Walkabout: Life as Holy Spirit and Underground CathedralsNoirin Ni Riain's autobiography is Listen with the Ear of the Heart. Her beautiful music and books are available on

Noirin Ni Riain and Former Abbot of Glenstal Abbey: Mark Patrick Hederman

Mark Patrick, Joan and Bridget Mary

Mark Patrick Hederman of Glenstal Abbey, County Limerick, Ireland

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