Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Roman Catholic Womenpriests : Ordinations in Minneapolis on Aug. 16, 2009- 500 attend

August 16, 2009 ordination in Minneapolis, MNPictured left to right: Bishop Regina Nicolosi, Mary Kay Kusner, Mary Smith, Mary Styne, Linda Wilcox, Kathy Redig, Alice Iaquinta

From left - Mary Smith (me) - Linda Wilcox and Mary Styne.
Mary Katherine Kusner from Iowa City was ordained a deacon.
Mary Frances Smith, Mary Suzanne Styne and Linda Ann Wilcox were ordained to the priesthood.
The ordination took place on Sunday, Aug. 16th. at 3:00 PM at First Universalist Church in Minneapolis, MN. Approximately 500 people attended.
Several church reform groups, including Dignity ,MN - CTA, MN and the St. Joan's society and friends and family of the ordained helped with publicity and the reception.

Movie Link: Courtesy Matt Kusner

Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Article in The Progressive Catholic Voice

Ordination of Women in Minneapolis Reflects Emerging Renewal of Priesthood and Church
By Michael Bayly
Excerpt from Bishop Regina Nicolosi's homily from article:
“Can we bring this image down to earth and model our church after it?” asked Bishop Nicolosi. It would be, she said, a church “where we are all one in Christ Jesus; a church where the phrase ‘in persona Christi’ does not exclude half of the population; a church where Mary our sister can be a role model for priesthood. After all, she did say: ‘This is my body, this is my blood, and she said it at least twice: in the stable and under the cross, and no one stopped her from holding and touching Him then.”
Nicolosi concluded her homily by inviting all present to take seriously the words of the Magnificat, and, like Mary, proclaim a God who pushes down the powerful and lifts up the poor, who feeds the hungry, who invites all without exception to her son’s table.”

Roman Catholic Womenpriests : Religious Women Question Vatican Probe

"The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has asked the Vatican to disclose why it is being investigated and who is funding the probe, and questioned why the sisters will not be allowed to see the final investigative report submitted to church leaders."

American nuns under Vatican Microscope
Mary Hunt

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Roman Catholic Womenpriests: Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community/N.VA. Celebration of Mary's Feast: Aug. 15th Assumption

On Sat. Aug. 15th, Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community celebrated an inclusive, joyful liturgy in honor of the the Blessed Mother on the feast of the Assumption in Falls Church, VA. Peg Bowen, assisted by her husband Bob and friend Donna Mogan designed the environment with beautiful plants, table cloths from her wedding day reception, "a holy water well", the placement of the pastoral staff within the community setting to symbolize the shared pastoral responsibility for fostering community and caring for one another. Peg and Donna presented the gifts. recited the offertory prayers.
Andrea Johnson, bishop of the Eastern Region of RCWP and I (Bridget Mary Meehan), bishop of the Southern Region of RCWP co-presided. The community shared insights and stories about Mary's role in their spiritual journey in a dialogue homily. Several people said that they think RCWP is a prophetic movement in the Roman Catholic Church for which they are deeply grateful . After communion, each person took a small bottle of holy water that came from our "holy well" that I brought back from a holy well in Ireland.
On Aug. 15th, in Ireland thousands of people visit holy wells and fill containers with water for use during the year. In County Laois, where I was born, a large crowd gathers at Lady Well at Ballinkill for a festive celebration. The Ballyroan band plays the music. My Dad who was a member of this band, played the Lourdes hymn, Amazing Grace, When the saints go marching in on the trumpet for our celebration in Falls Church. The community continued the festivities until after dark.

You tube movie clips of Mary, Mother of Jesus Catholic Community/Falls Church liturgy on Aug. 15, 2009:

Clip of Presentation of Gifts by Donna Mogan and Peg Bowen and Eucharistic Prayer:
Clip of Presenation of Gifts, setting banquet table, Eucharistic Prayer:

Responsorial Psalm read by Julie Taylor

Gospel read by Bishop Andrea Johnson:

Clip from homily of Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan

Holy Well Ritual

Recessional Hymn: Jack Meehan plays Amazing Grace

Blessing of trees with water from holy wells in Ireland led by Peg Bowen

Bridget Mary Meehan