FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Rev. Maria Thornton McClain, RCWP
St. Mary of Magdala Catholic Community
Roman Catholic Womenpriests Ordains Woman as Bishop, in Indianapolis
Seven bishops from three countries to conduct the ceremony
Indianapolis, IN: Indiana will have its first ordination of a Roman Catholic woman bishop, on June 22.
Nancy L. Meyer of Brownsburg, will be ordained in apostolic succession, at Calvary United Methodist Church, 575 W. Northfield Dr., Brownsburg, IN 46112. Nancy was elected by the members of the Midwest Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests to succeed Bishop Regina Nicolosi who is retiring. Seven bishops will perform the ceremony, including Bishop Regina who will preside, the four other bishops from the United States, one from Canada and one from Austria.
The ordination will be conducted by Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP), "a new model of ministry in a renewed Roman Catholic Church." Its goal is to achieve full equality of women and men in the Roman Catholic Church, and to live with inclusiveness, respect and justice for all in a community of open and affirming equals. Over 150 people, women and men, from North and South America, Europe, and Africa have been ordained RCWP priests since 2002.
Nancy L. Meyer was born and raised in Dayton, Ohio. She has ministered as a high school teacher, a vocation/formation director and as a pastoral associate in an Indianapolis parish for twenty-five years. Nancy pastors a small home church community, Women at the Well, and continues her spiritual direction practice. The call to priesthood came to Nancy as a young girl and has been nurtured by her education and ministry. As bishop for the Midwest Region of RCWP, Nancy will provide pastoral and prayerful support for the members in the region as well as ordaining women deacons and priests.
Media are welcome to cover the ordination before and after the ceremony. Media must register with the contact person for guidelines prior to the event. Bishop-Elect Nancy Meyer and other bishop(s) will be available for interviews at 1:00 PM at the church. RCWP representatives may be available for interviews after the ceremony. Please be respectful; this is a sacred event.