Catholic Women Priests ordain six in emotional ceremony despite church's stance (slideshow)
BRECKSVILLE, Ohio -- A message of inclusiveness as well as faith was delivered on Saturday when six women were ordained as priests or deacons in a ceremony sponsored by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.
Presiding Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, of Sarasota, Florida, said the ceremony was held at the Brecksville United Church of Christ because of the lack of institutional inclusiveness in the Catholic church, which says the ordination has no validity and incurred automatic excommunication.
Meehan pointedly cited in her homily the story from the Gospel of John of the woman at the well. In it, Jesus crosses several social boundaries to ask for water from a Samaritan woman. The exchange becomes the longest individual conversation in scripture, and the first time Jesus reveals himself openly as the messiah.
The church was filled for the emotional ceremony, nearly two hours long, which included ordinations of two Northeast Ohio women: Mary Collingwood, of Boston Heights, as a priest, and Susan Guzik, of Eastlake, as a deacon.
Collingwood and Ann Klonowski, who was ordained last September, will say Mass weekly at 5 p.m. Saturdays starting June 7 at Brecksville United Church of Christ.
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