My Response: The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests have designed our preparation program for ordination to integrate contemporary theology, spirituality and pastoral care. Like the new education standard announced by Pope Francis, we have been finding ways to respond positively to the call of the Second Vatican Council "to overcome this divorce between theology and pastoral care, between faith and life."
We believe that the Spirit of God is speaking through the people of God. 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. ARCWP provides units and competency courses that will appeal to the mainstream and the margins where our liberating God of compassion dwells and works through all for systemic change. The People's Catholic Seminary provides an affordable, interactive forum online to engage both those preparing for ordination and members of our inclusive Catholic communities in dialogue about spiritual transformation, contemporary theology, our lived experiences of pastoral care in sacramental communities and action on behalf of peace, equality and non-violence in our world. In partnership with Global Ministries University, we now offer a Masters in Pastoral Ministry Degree that is available and affordable for our candidates, communities and those interested in a professional degree program to prepare for a renewed model of inclusive ministry in our world today.
The ordination units and competency courses integrate the evolutionary consciousness of the new cosmology with the community of empowerment presented in feminist, liberation, mujerista, womanist, evolutionary, mystical and sacramental theologies (theologies of blessing). As a new paradigm of priestly ministry ARCWP believes that we cannot put new wine into old wineskins. Therefore, our mission is to live as co-partners with God in the cosmic community moving our world in inclusive love toward the flourishing of all creation.
The focus in these units is to prepare candidates to minister in a community of equals that is egalitarian, empowered, inclusive, mystical and prophetic. Conscious of our vocation to live God’s loving presence in the world in vibrant faith communities, we work for justice and equality for all, especially those on the margins of our church.
For more information about ARCWP, contact Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP - firstname.lastname@example.org,
People's Catholic Seminary, contact Bridget Mary Meehan - email@example.com
Mary Theresa Streck, firstname.lastname@example.org