Friday, December 29, 2017

"Living is giving" A Tribute to Judy Beaumont RCWP by Bridget Mary Meehan

Judy Beaumont RCWP on her ordination as a priest with Bridget Mary Meehan 

"Death ends a life, not  a relationship. As long as we can love each other, and remember the feeling of love, we had, we can die without ever really going away. ..Living is giving."
(Tuesdays with Morrie, by Mitch Albom, p. 174, 199)
Judy Beaumont, a woman priest, who lives in Ft. Myers with her devoted partner, Judy Lee is dying.
For the past month, Judy has been blessing everyone who visited her at home, in the hospital or who spoke to her on the phone. 
I was deeply touched by our recent conversation.  
Everyone in our Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement, her family and friends, and all the people Judy ministered to have joined in a circle of loving prayer with Judy as she begins her transition into the fullness of God's loving embrace. 
I believe that the angels will come out to meet our dear sister. Her work among the poorest of the poor has been "living is giving."  
Judy, you inspire us to be more and do more for the least and the last among us. 
Go with God, dear sister and friend! 
We will remember you with deep affection always.
Love always, 
Bridget Mary 

More than 200 People Attend fort Myers Woman's Ordination as Roman Catholic Priest

Fort Myers woman to be ordained Catholic priest; church leaders warn of consequences to her 'immortal soul' By STEPHANIE BORDEN /Naples Daily News

..."But Beaumont said she rejects any excommunication."I will still consider myself a faithful Catholic," she said. "We are not leaving the church. We are creating a new model of the church."Beaumont replied to Dewane in a late-December letter."I understand that you are fulfilling your obligation as Bishop and I take your words seriously," she wrote. "However, I must reply that as I have tried throughout my life to answer the call of the Gospel to serve God's people, I must again answer this new call to sacramental ministry with the poor and otherwise marginalized people in our midst."
"Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, who will preside over Beaumont's ordination, says she considers several letters of excommunication she received following her own ordination "as badges of honor.""The church has a habit of excommunicating holy women and men, such as burning Joan of Arc at the stake," she said. "Pope Benedict himself has canonized two previously ex-communicated nuns — Mother Theodore Guerin and Mary MacKillop — making excommunication a new fast-track to canonization. Meehan said she has the apostolic succession required by the Roman Catholic Church to ordain Beaumont as a priest because she herself was ordained by Bishop Patricia Fresen in 2009, who was ordained by a male bishop in communion with the Pope."Social justice, a love of the Church, the Church liturgy, and the holy people of the Church," Beaumont said. "Those were the values instilled in me as a child."

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