Friday, July 8, 2022

Olga Lucia Alvarez ARCWP and Aida Soto ARCWP Share Growth of Women Priests Movement in South America

Bishop  Olga Lucia ARCWP  and  Rev. Aida Soto ARCWP  gave an inspirational report of the growth of our movement in South America. This presentation provided  many pictures and stories of  our  ARCWP priests’ work among the poor, in home churches and in solidarity with demonstrations for justice and peace in Colombia, South America.

Our gathering  responded to the flowering of a Spirit -filled Church of the People in Colombia with a standing ovation! 

We are deeply grateful for the leadership of our sisters in South America !

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP 

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests Ordination to Diaconate of Elaine Pfaff and Rosemary Ellis Robinson, Ordaining Bishops Bridget Mary Meehan and Mary Eileen Collingwood

Crown Plaza Hotel

Ft. Myers, FL

July 7, 2022

1:30 PM


Shelley Gilchrist: Welcome to the public ordination of

                               Elaine Pfaff and Rosemary Ellis Robinson as deacons.    

                               Please stand and join in singing our Opening Song: 

                               All Are Welcome!


BMM:  We gather joyfully for this ordination and we begin in the name of God, Source of all Being, Eternal Word and Holy Spirit,

ALL:    Amen.

BMM:  Our God is with you.

ALL:    And also with you.

BMM:  Let us pray:  Loving God, Jesus, our brother, taught the disciples 

              not to be served but to serve.  We pray for Elaine and 

              Rosemary that they may serve their sisters and brothers.  May 

              they be effective in their work and persevering in their prayer,  

              performing their ministries with compassion and concern for all.  

ALL:    Amen.

Shelley: Please be seated.


Shelley: We will now present our candidates for the diaconate. 

Dotty Shugrue: On behalf of the assembled community and the 

                Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, I call forward 

                Elaine Pfaff.

Elaine:    Here I am. I am ready.

Dotty:     Dear Bishop, the holy Church asks you to ordain our sister, 

                Elaine, to the diaconate.

BMM:    Do you know if she is ready?

Dotty:    Those responsible have been asked.  They testify that they find

               her ready.  Mary-Ellen Caiafa (via Zoom or Ann Harrington if in-

               person) is here to give witness and represent the church, the Body 

               of Christ, as we present Elaine for ordination.

Ann H.: On behalf of the assembled community and the Association of 

               Roman Catholic Women Priests, I call forward Rosemary Ellis 


Rosemary: Here I am. I am ready.

Ann H.:       Dear Bishop, the holy Church asks you to ordain our sister, 

                     Rosemary to the diaconate.

BMM:         Do you know if she is ready?

Ann H.:       Those responsible have been asked.  They testify that they 

                     find her ready.  Cathy Collins is here to give witness and 

                     represent the church, the Body of Christ, as we present 

                     Rosemary for ordination.

BMM/MEC:  In the name of Jesus, we choose you, Anne, Elaine and 

                        Rosemary as deacons.  

ALL:     Thanks be to God.  

Shelley:  Let us signify our approval by singing "Amen."


Reading 1: Isaiah 61:1-3 - read by the Deacon Candidates

Ordination – July 7, 2022

Liturgy of the Word

First Reading:

Isaiah 61:1-3

A Reading from the Prophet Isaiah

The Spirit of God is upon me, 

For the Holy One has anointed me:

God has sent me to bring good news to those who are poor;

to heal the broken hears. 

To proclaim release to those held captive

And liberation to those in prison,

To announce a Year of favor from God,

And the day of God’s vindication

To comfort all those who mourn

To provide for those who grieve in Zion-

To give them a wreath of flowers instead of ashes,

The oil of gladness instead of tears, 

A cloak of praise instead of despair.

They will be known as trees of integrity.

Planted by the Holy One to display God’s glory.

These are the inspired words of the prophet Isaiah and we respond to them by saying Thanks be to God. 

Psalm Response: The 23rd Psalm - Bobby McFerrin

Reading 2: Romans 16: 1-5 – read by Dotty Shugrue

A Reading from the Letter of Paul to the Romans

I commend to you our sister Phoebe, a deacon of the church of Cenchrea. Welcome her, in the name of our God, in a way worthy of the holy ones, and help her with her needs. 

She has looked after a great many people, including me. 

Give my greetings to Prisca and Aquila; they were my coworkers in the service of Christ Jesus, and even risked their lives for my sake.

Not only I, but all the Churches of the Gentiles, are grateful to them. 

Remember me also to the congregation that meets in their home.

Greetings to my beloved Epaienetus, he is the first convert to Christ from Asia. 

These are inspired words of Paul and we affirm this by saying, Thanks be to God. 

Gospel Acclamation: Sung, choice of cantor

Gospel: Luke 6: 37-38 – proclaimed by Bridget Mary Meehan

A Reading from the Gospel of Luke

Be compassionate as your Loving God is compassionate.

Don’t judge and you won’t be judged.

Don’t condemn and you won’t be condemned.

Give and it will be given to you; a full measure- packed down, shaken together and running over- will be poured into your lap. 

For the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.

These are inspired words from the writer known as Luke, and we affirm them by saying, Thanks be to God. 


Homilist: Mary Eileen Collingwood


Shelley:  As the People of God gather in hope and love, we now invoke the Spirit of God within these women called to serve as deacons, and within us all. 

Hymn to the Holy Spirit: Veni Sancte Spiritus (Come Holy Spirit)

Text: Come Holy Spirit; Verses drawn from the Pentecost Sequence; TaizĂ© Community, 1978; Tune: Jacques Berthier, 1923-1994 © 1979, Les Presses de TaizĂ©, GIA Publications, Inc., agent

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Examination of Candidate for Diaconate

Shelley: We invite Anne, Elaine and Rosemary to stand, along with Lucy  

               Garcia and Patti May who will be representing this assembly in 

               the examination of the candidates.

BMM:   My dear sisters, before you receive the Order of Deacon, you are 

               asked to proclaim before the assembly, that you willingly take on 

               this office and ministry.

MEC:    So I ask you: Are you ready to be ordained for ministry in the 

               Church by the laying-on-of hands and by the gift of the Holy 


 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

Lucy Garcia: Are you ready to fulfill the office of deacon faithfully and   

                        serve the People of God? 

 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

BMM:   Are you ready to carry out the ministry of deacon in selfless 

               dedication and in support of our bishops and priests?

 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

MEC:   Are you ready to celebrate the mysteries of Christ faithfully as has been handed down to us, for the glory of God and the flourishing of grace among God's people?

 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

BMM:  Are you ready to live from the Spirit within, to be a person of prayer, and in this Spirit, to pray with and for the People of God for the whole world?

 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

Patti May: Are you ready to support the poor and the sick and to help the 

                   homeless and those in need?

 Elaine and Rosemary: I am.

MEC:   Are you ready to shape your life after the model and example of Christ, whose body and blood are entrusted to you to share with the People of God?

 Elaine and Rosemary: With the help of God, I am ready.

BMM:  May God complete the good work already begun in you.

ALL:    Amen.

Litany of Saints and Prostration of Candidate

Shelley: We invite Patti May, Michael Kateltas, Peggy Alderman and Jill

               Correnti Striebinger to lay the prostration cloths.  

Shelley: We now invite the candidate for ordination to prostrate while the 

               Litany of Saints is sung.  The prostration is an act of loving 

               surrender to God.  We call upon those who have gone before us 

               in the communion of saints, our friends, the prophets of God, 

               and all holy women and men.

MEC:   In gratitude, we pray to our loving God who grants abundant grace and blessing to these women, called to be deacons. 

BMM:  Let us pray:  Gracious and Loving God, You hear our prayers and those of your angels and saints. You pour out upon these women the blessing of your wisdom and the grace and integrity of the order of deacon.

MEC:   As we approach the moment of ordination, hold them close to you with your unfailing love.  You are with us now and always.  

ALL:    Amen.

Shelley: We invite the ordinands to rise and come forward to the chairs 

               for the laying-on-of hands.  

Laying-On-of-Hands for Deacons

Shelley: We come to the most sacred moment of the ordination rite, the 

               laying-on-of hands for the deacon, which we celebrate in 

               reverent silence.  The gesture is the prayer and there are no 

               words spoken.  The Bishops lay hands on the ordinand and 

               pray the prayer of consecration over her.  

Shelley: You, The People of God, the Body of Christ, are invited to come  

               forward in silence to continue this sacred action of laying hands 

               on these chosen women. 

Prayer of Consecration for Deacon

Shelley: Our Bishops will now pray a prayer of consecration for our 

               newly ordained deacons.

MEC:    We praise you, most loving God, and call on your name. You are 

               with us and we all receive your grace.  You call people into holy 

               service and you choose them for orders in the Church.

BMM:   Loving God, you renew everything in your energy. You order 

               everything according to your eternal designs. Through your 

               word, your wisdom and the power of love, you provide what we 

               need in the changing seasons of life.

MEC:    You abundantly blessed your Church and have wonderfully 

               designed the Body of Christ in great diversity of membership. 

               You unite and sanctify us in your Spirit.  

BMM:   You give your Church life and growth. For the praise of your 

               Name, you have established the threefold ministry of Orders and 

               furnished the Church with holy gifts; as from the beginning, you 

               chose faithful servants for ministering to your holy people.

MEC:    As the Church began to grow, the apostles, led by the Spirit, set 

               apart seven proven people to be helpers in daily ministry. The 

               apostles themselves wanted to be free for prayer and for the 

               proclamation of the word.

BMM:   To these chosen ones you entrusted prayer and the table ministry 

               through the laying-on-of hands. We humbly present these 

               deacons before you.

BMM:   I now invite you, the assembly, to join us in extending your 

              hands over these women as we embrace the Spirit in them and in 


MEC:   God’s Spirit strengthens you to carry out your ministry faithfully. God’s Spirit calls you to heal and reconcile.  

BMM:  God’s Spirit guides you in your work for justice and peace for all. God’s Spirit enlivens you in prophetic and liberating obedience. Together, we are one in Christ, loving and serving as God’s holy


ALL:    Amen.

Investiture With Stole for Deacons

Shelley:  We invite those who have been asked to do so, to come forward 

                and represent us all by vesting Anne, Elaine and Rosemary for 

                ministry in their stoles.

Presentation of the Gospel

BMM/MEC: “Receive the Gospel of Christ, whose herald you now are. 

                       Believe what you read, teach what you believe and practice 

                       what you teach.”

BMM/MEC: It is with great joy that we present to you our newly 

                       ordained deacons.  


Offering of the Gifts

Offertory Song:  What Shall I Give to You by Sara Thomsen Video by Denise Hackert-Stoner

BMM:  Blessed are You, God of all creation. Through Your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made.  It will become for us the bread of life.

ALL:    Blessed be God forever.

MEC:  Blessed are You, God of all creation. Through Your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.

ALL:    Blessed be God forever.

Eucharistic Prayer

BMM:  Our God is with you.

ALL:    And also with you. 

BMM:  Lift up your hearts.

ALL:    We lift them up to our God.

BMM:  Let us give thanks to our loving God.

ALL:    It is right to give God thanks and praise.

BMM:   All-loving and ever-living God beyond all imagining, we give You thanks for the gift of awareness that allows us to recognize Your presence and action in our universe. Everything we have, everything we see, everything we do, everyone we love and everyone who loves us, reveals Your sustaining presence.  We thank You for Your presence which animates life and all that exists. 

MEC:   You express yourself in human life and through us you sing and dance, speak and write, love and create.  In this we never cease to hope, and for this we always thank and praise You.  We join with the saints of all times and places as they sing forever to Your glory: 

ALL:  Holy, Holy, Holy

             – Karen Drucker; reprinted with permission from Karen Drucker; adapted version 

Elaine: Loving God, we live and move and have our being in You. We give thanks for those throughout history who have affirmed your loving presence and moved your people to give witness.  They have witnessed to your presence in lives characterized by love, mercy, compassion, generosity and forgiveness.


             We thank you for Jesus, who loved so greatly, taught so clearly, and proclaimed so courageously.  He set people free from images, ideas and religious practices that bound them in fear and a false sense of separation from you. Through Jesus, we know our loving actions become a share in your life.  In Jesus, we see your Spirit challenging us to make your presence more visible on earth.


Rosemary: We thank You for Your Spirit of life and love among us. We 

                    are grateful that Your Spirit sets us free to discover your 

                    presence within us and in all of creation.  And for this we 

                    thank and praise You.  

                    I invite you, the People of God, to extend  your hands and pray with us:

ALL:    Loving God, we honor the presence of Your Spirit in these our gifts, as they, and we, become the Body and Blood of Jesus the Christ for our wholeness and the wholeness of all creation.  

ALL:    We remember that on the night before he died, while at supper with his friends, Jesus took the Bread, spoke the blessing, broke the bread and offered it them saying: Take and eat, this is my body.  

ALL:    When supper was ended, Jesus took the cup of wine, spoke the blessing and offered it to them saying: Take and drink of the covenant made new again through my life in you. Do this in memory of me.  

Rosemary: Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:


ALL:    Nurtured by your Word, nourished by your food, called anew to be your people, we acclaim your praise.

MEC:   Loving God, through Jesus You entrusted this pledge of love to us.  We celebrate the memory of his life, death and resurrection, and bring to You the gifts You have given us: reconciliation, justice, and peace. You fill us with Your Spirit in the sharing of this meal. You keep us in communion with one another and with all living beings. Your Spirit makes us a sign of unity, a model of equality and instruments of Your peace.


              Inspire our leaders, both religious and political, so that they act

              without fear to bring your justice. May they become peacemakers 

              who transform your church and society so that all living beings 

              and our planet may thrive.

BMM:  You have gathered us around this table in friendship, with Mary, 

              the Mother of Jesus, the apostles, and all the saints. May all who 

              are suffering in any way be strengthened and consoled by your 

              Presence. You bless all who have gone before us and bring them 

              into the lasting joy and peace of your presence.


BMM:  You gather together women, men and children of every race, language, religion and way of life to share in your one, eternal banquet. In your presence, we give you glory with all creation and with Jesus through whom your goodness flows.


ALL:   Through Christ, with Christ, in Christ, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, may all glory and honor be Yours, All-Loving God, forever and ever. 

ALL:    Great Amen 

Mass of Creation, Marty Haugen, © 1984, GIA Publications, Inc. Reprinted under S-918140

Prayer of Jesus

Rosemary: Let us pray together in the Name of Jesus:  

ALL:  O Holy One, You are within, around and among us,

            We celebrate your many names.

            Your Wisdom come,

            Your will be done, unfolding from the depths within us,

            Each day you give us all we need;

            You remind us of our limits, and we let go.

            You support us in our power, and we act with courage.

            For you are the dwelling place within us, 

            the empowerment around us,

            and the celebration among us, now and forever.  Amen  

                (Miriam Therese Winter, MMS adapted)   

Sign of Peace

Rosemary:  The peace of Christ be with you always.

ALL:           And also with you. 

Rosemary:  Please share a sign of peace.


MEC: Please join in praying the prayer for the breaking of the bread:

ALL:  Loving God, You call us to live the Gospel of peace and justice. 

            We will live justly.   

            Loving God, You call us to be Your presence in the world.  

   We will love tenderly.


            Loving God, You call us to speak truth to power.  

   We will walk with integrity. 

BMM: This is the Bread of Life and the Cup of Blessing. How blessed are we who are called to this Table.

ALL:   Jesus, you affirm our worthiness and by your word, we will heal 

             the world. 

Administering the Bread:  You are the Body of Christ

Administering the Wine:    Receive this Cup of Blessing

Communion Songs:  Seed, Scattered and Sown; A Deer’s Cry

Prayer After Communion

MEC:   Let us pray.  Loving God, You renew us with spiritual nourishment in this bread and wine. You watch over these newly ordained women and inspire them as faithful ministers of Word and Sacrament to give generously for your glory and for the good of all living beings.  We pray this prayer in the name of Jesus, our brother.

ALL:    Amen.


Shelley:  Please stand and extend your hands as we pray our final 


BMM:    Loving God, in this moment, You draw us to you and make us 

                aware, not so much of what we've given but of all that we have 

                received and have to share.

ALL:      Amen.

MEC:     You bless us and move us forward in prophetic obedience to 

                Your Spirit. 

ALL:      Amen.

Elaine:    You send us forth in power and gladness and with great 

                 courage, to live what we pray and profess.

ALL:       Amen. 


Recessional Song:  Sing A New Church