Saturday, May 16, 2009

Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Intentional Eucharistic Communities: Embracing and Shaping Our Future

The first national gathering of Intentional Eucharistic Communities (IECs), small faith communities rooted in the Catholic Tradition that gather to celebrate Eucharist on a regular basis took place in 1991 with 155 participatnes from 15 communities. The second national gathering was held in May 2001, in the Washington, DC area. Over 240 members, representing 41 communities came together to celebrate and share. A gathering of Intentional Eucharistic Communities was held on May 15-17, 2009 in Chevy Chase MD. The keynote speaker was Robert Mc Clory, who shared his research on the early church, his experience with Dutch Dominican theologians and the transforming presence of IECs. Topics for others sessions were women in ministry, religion and spirituality, social justice and IECs and Young Catholics and the Future of IECs. Valerie Dixon, an Episcopalian woman priest, and Eileen DiFranco and I ( both RCWP) shared our journeys to priesthood and engaged in an open-ended dialogue with participants in the conference. For more information, visit

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