Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Press Release: A Catholic Revolution in the Greater Capital Region

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests and the Albany Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community Announce the Ordination of Denise Hackert-Stoner and Julie Corron As Priests

Ordination Date: Saturday, September 18, 2021, 1pm

Contacts: Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP (703) 505-0004

Rev. Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP and Upper Room Community (518) 441-9649

Judith Stamp – Upper Room Community (518) 268-9147


The Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests announces the public ordination of Julie Corron and Denise Hackert-Stoner as priests in the Roman Catholic Church. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan will ordain Julie and Denise on September 18th at 1:00PM in the Unitarian Church in Albany. They are the ninth and tenth priests to be ordained from the growing Albany Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community, a local gathering of Roman Catholics committed to following the message and example of Jesus in a Spirit empowered community of equals. Both women are members of the pastoral team in this community.

Julie Corron is an endorsed chaplain with the Federation of Christian Ministries who provides pastoral care at Albany Medical Center. 

Denise Hackert-Stoner recently earned a Doctorate in Ministry from Global Ministries University. She is creating a spiritual growth program rooted in contemporary theology for children. 

The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community announces its move to a new location at 431 New Karner Road, Colonie, NY. It is a loving, inclusive community who recognizes, celebrates and honors the Divine Presence in everyone and everything. All are welcome to worship there. For information about the Upper Room, visit our website: 

For some, like the Catholic hierarchy, women priests are a revolution that is condemned in Canon Law, but for the Upper Room Inclusive  Catholic Community,  the time has come to bring new life, creativity and justice to the church and beyond. For more information about the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priest, visit our website: 



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