Friday, August 3, 2018

St. Gertrude the Great, Priest of God, Pray With Us and With all Women Called to Ordination-a Prayer by Irish Theologian Mary T. Malone


"God Made Me A Priest Poor Gertrude, triply silenced in a Christian cocoon of misogyny. You are Eve, daughter of Satan: your mouth speaks only evil. 

You, a woman, are under obedience: your voice is irrelevant, your superiors speak for you, if speech is necessary, which from women is rarely so. 
You are less than nobody in God’s church: was it not you, a woman, who dealt with the devil, and caused sin to grow and drag down forever the church of God? 
You caused the death and suffering of Jesus now take your place submissively as an evil irrelevancy. 
But God said to Gertrude: Write, speak, forgive sins in my name: I will never let your words be in vain, I now make you a priest of God, you are my mouth-piece. 
My words are your words and yours mine. 
The words of the powerful are shallow like pebbles in an empty can. 
I now touch your mouth, 
Today I make you my priest Feed the people, 
Bless the bread, Share the wine. 
Speak for me to them. 
Remove their doubts and scruples 
Lift their burdens 
Help the women to stand tall Tell them ‘Come.’ 
No wonder we call her Gertrude the Great, Ordained by God herself,"

Praying with the Women Mystics: Enduring Grace (Christian Mystics Series)" by Mary  T Malone 

God is speaking today the same message to courageous women called to a renewed priestly ministry in a community of equals in the international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement. We are prophets of the future, living Jesus example of Gospel equality now!  Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org

Ireland Day 3 Photos of Trim Castle, County Meath, Ireland

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Hill of Slane where St. Patrick lit Easter Fire 

Slane Castle, County Meath

Newgrange




Bridget Mary


Joan Chesterfield

Jeanne McDoanld

Dennis McDonald

Thursday, August 2, 2018

"Pope May Not Meet Abuse Survivors by Ronan McGreevy/ My Response

Today the Irish Times reported that Pope Francis may not have time to meet with victims of physical and sexual abuse. 
The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Diamuid Martin has expressed concern that Pope Francis might not get time to meet survivors of church abuse.
This would be a tragic missed opportunity to initiate a healing encounter with people whose lives have been devastated by unimaginable suffering and harsh abuse by clerics and religious orders. It should be the top priority for Pope Francis and for the Archbishop not only to meet with survivors but to embrace major reform to prevent abuse in a more accountable, inclusive Church.  It would be, in my view, what Jesus would do.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/pope-yet-to-confirm-he-will-meet-abuse-survivors-says-archbishop-1.3583156

Ireland Day 2: Visit with Tony McCarthaigh, Irish Faith Leader and Advocate for Justice, Inclusivity and Equality


Left to right: Mary Theresa Streck, Tony  McCarthaigh, Bridget Mary Meehan, Joan Chesterfield
Today we met with Tony McCarthaigh, a married priest and leader who celebrates Eucharistic Liturgies and weddings in the Dublin area. He is an advocate for justice, inclusivity and equality in the Church and world.  Tony supports our prophetic movement and will be the host for the Liturgy/Mass on Sunday, August 5th in St. Andrew Community Center, Rialto, Dublin. 
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, https://arcwp.org

Link to Photos of Trim Castle, Ireland

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Ireland Day 1:Arrival and Schleping in Ireland, An Adventure!

We had quite an adventure on our trip to Ireland.We were misinformed that our Norwegian flight was  cancelled, but it was not. We went to the airport to  plead our cause and found ,to our delight, that we could fly to Belfast.

So we flew out on schedule to Belfast instead of Dublin! We arrived in Belfast and “ schleped” our luggage with the  help of Dennis McDonald through airports, bus stations and  on and off of several vans. 
So the life lesson  is always bring Dennis with you and be prepared to  “ schlep.” Going with the fllow is a spiritual  exercise of seeing the Spirit in in those who help us along the way!

We are located near  Trim, County Meath.
Bridget Mary Meehan 
Contact at 703-505-0004 or email sofiabmmaol.com

Belfast double decker bus ride on Aug. 1, 2018

The Gathering and "schelping" of our 9 cases through 2 airports and 2 buses in Belfast and Dublin airports
See facebook page for more pictures of today!
Our first day was a rainy, cool day where we flew one plane, took two buses, saw Belfast, a city we did not plan to visit, and the biggest challenge "schelp" our 9 suitcases in the cold rain through Belfast and Dublin airports, in and out of double decker buses and airport vans. I was glad we were together and for Dennis McDonald's strength in lifting the heavy cases. 

We are now settled in our Air B and B near Trim in County Meath.

Abundant blessings flowed like the Irish rain as we began our time here in Ireland.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Leaving Today for Ireland, Join us for Inclusive Mass in Dublin on Sunday at 10AM in St. Andrew Community Center, Rialto

We are scheduled to arrive in Dublin on August 1st. Contact information below. Check my facebook page each day for photos. "This is the day God has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it"!


On Sunday, August 5th, we will celebrate an inclusive Mass/Liturgy at 10:00am at St. Andrew Community Center in Rialto, Dublin where all are welcome to receive Eucharist. 

Monasterboice, Ireland

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Jesus treated everyone with equal respect, so should the hierarchy of the Catholic Church and the planners of the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. 

Pope Francis talks about the importance of social justice for the poor and marginalized, but, he fails to make the connection that two-thirds of the world's poor are women and their dependent children.


The institutional Church's teaching prohibiting artificial birth control and excluding women as priests and equals in decision making in the top jobs plays a major role in this social inequity. There is no avoiding the elephant in the living room. The full equality of women and LGBTQI is the voice of God in our times. 



The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests prepares and ordains women called to a new vision of church as a community of equals where all are welcome. We look forward to ordaining women called to partnership and inclusivity, and invite all who embrace this vision to become Friends of the Association. 

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP, 703-505-0004, sofiabmm@aol.com

https://arcwp.org



Monday, July 30, 2018

Invitation to Become a Friend of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests




The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests continues to grow and evolve as our movement that began in 2002 spreads.  If you want to be part of this movement as a Friend of the Association we invite you to let us know by filling out the form on our website (https://arcwp.org/en/friend-of-the-association/by sending  the attached form to the address listed below or by sending an email to: donna.arcwp@gmail.com.  As a Friend of the Association you will receive a quarterly newsletter, invitations to our ordinations, opportunities to learn with us when we have exciting guest speakers and much more. Your optional support of time, talent and/or treasure can significantly help us in our work of bringing the movement to the world. As a Friend you can share links and information with your friends and family so that more people have an opportunity to know about us and connect with us.

This is a link to our latest slideshow that was used during our annual retreat, this month, in Fort Meyers , FL.:

This is a link to our newsletter called Leading:
Visit Bridget Mary’s Blog to see the most current information about our movement each day:

Please consider being a Friend of ARCWP!
Many blessings,
Donna Rougueux, priest ARCWP
Friends coordinator