My Response: Wouldn't it be wonderful if Cardinal O'Malley invited Roman Catholic Women Priests to Come to Vocations Dinner and share their stories of living vocations of sacramental ministry in inclusive Catholic Communities now?! Jean Marchant RCWP ministers in Spirit of Life Catholic Community in the Boston metropolitan area. She might be available. http://www.spiritoflifecommunity.org/about-us/history-and-pastors
"An upcoming dinner sponsored by the Archdiocese of Boston's Vocation Office and Archdiocesan Delegate for Religious Sister Marian Batho will offer young women discerning their vocation a chance to learn more about religious life from those already living it.
Open to high school girls, the inaugural Sts. Martha and Mary Dinner, to be held March 6, will provide a time for food, prayer, and conversations with religious sisters and Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley in a relaxed setting. Witness talks will be given by the sisters, providing insight into the vocation of religious life.
The dinner is modeled after the archdiocese's St. Andrew Dinner program, which bring together young men to discuss the priestly life with seminarians, priests, and Cardinal O'Malley.
The St. Andrew Dinners, which take place three to four times a year, are a "longstanding tradition" in the archdiocese, Vocation Office director Father Dan Hennessy told The Pilot, Jan. 20.
The dinners have been considered useful in helping young men discern their vocations, said Father Hennessy, and their success helped spark the idea for the Sts. Martha and Mary Dinner.
While the idea for a dinner specifically for young women had been under consideration for some time, the office decided to organize one this year after a group of high school girls contacted the office to ask after such a dinner, explained Father Hennessy.
While the dinner is still several weeks away, Father Hennessy said it has already garnered interest and he is optimistic about attendance.
"I wouldn't be surprised if we had somewhere in the order of 80 or 90 or 100, over 100, participants," he said."