Friday, September 8, 2017

We Celebrate Mary Mother of Jesus' Birthday today and Pray for Women Priests, "First Female Priests Could be Ordained as Early as Next Summer Claims Irish Bishop",The Irish Sun (Article)

Mary, Mother of Jesus, and Saint Ann, her mother

Today, September 8th. we celebrate the birthday of Mary, mother of Jesus. We ask our Blessed Mother to accompany women called to ordination in Ireland and throughout the world to renew our beloved church in compassionate service to the people of God. 

May our international Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests walk with Mary in loving solidarity and with all who work to lift up the marginalized and oppressed in our church and world. May we celebrate the fullness of divine love in inclusive, prophetic communities where all are welcome. 

Each of us is Persona Christi, the image of Christ by our baptism. Each of us is the beloved of God. Let us treat one another with mutual respect as spiritual equals and instruments of divine love and grace.  
Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP celebrating Eucharist in the United States as ordination of women priests

Ireland’s first female priests could be ordained as early as next summer claims Irish cleric

Bridget Mary Meehan, Ireland's first female bishop, insists that ordainingwomen is the key to the survival of the religion in Ireland

By Deirdre Reynolds
IRELAND’S first female priests could be ordained as soon as next summer, a trailblazing Irish cleric has claimed.
Laois-born Bridget Mary Meehan spent the past month promoting the ordination of women throughout Ireland with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests.

Dr Bridget Mary Meehan

Dr Bridget Mary Meehan
And the US-based bishop told how how three Irish women – including one mum – have already signed up to defy the Vatican by becoming priests.
Speaking to the Irish Sun, Dr Bridget said: “Where we are right now as we wrap up the 31 days is we have three women in serious discernment.
“Two of them are definitely applying, one of them is probably going to apply, and we think that we possibly will be ordaining three women next year in Ireland – possibly in the summer.
“Other women who talked to us were very interested, very supportive and perhaps some of them will also take the same path.
“If they don’t, they are definitely going to become friends of the Association in supporting the journey towards equality and justice in Ireland for women in all areas, including in the Roman Catholic women priests movement.”
Former nun Bridget went against church doctrine when she was ordained a priest in the breakaway Catholic group over a decade ago.

More women are joining the priesthood

More women are joining the priesthood
And the Rathdowney native reckons up to a dozen more female mass-goers here could be ready to follow suit.
Dr Bridget – who visited counties including DublinLouth and Clare during her trip – explained: “Several women came forward and said they wanted to find out more.
“It was so phenomenal – it was almost like electricity in the room with all the questions.
“Of those women that came forward in Dublin, two of them are going to more than likely apply to the Association to take the test towards ordination.
Correction/EditThere is no test for ordination. The preparation time for candidates is a period of prayerful discernment. Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP

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