Sunday, September 11, 2011

Women's Ordination Ceremony - 9/10/2011

Here are some of the photos from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests' ordination of Adele Decker Jones and Dorothy Marie Shugrue to the priesthood and Donna Rougeux to the diaconate. Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan presided at the ceremony which took place at First Christian Church in Falls Church, VA. The Vatican does not recognize or accept women priests and, in fact, anyone involved in these ceremonies is technically excommunicated latae sententiae (which is Latin for "the bishop doesn't even have to go to the trouble of writing a letter to the individuals informing them that they have been excommunicated").

Bishop Meehan mentioned in her homily that there are now over 120 Roman Catholic women priests in 27 states and 3 continents. There are many priests in the US, Canada and Europe, and recently, two women were ordained in a "South American country" (which shall remain unnamed at the request of ARCWP). Meehan also mentioned the growing support worldwide by male priests for the women's ordination movement, even though these priests face harsh disciplinary action from their superiors for their solidarity with the women.

Prior to the ordination ceremony, Biblical archeology scholar Dorothy Irvin, gave a presentation with slides on the archeological and textual evidence for women deacons, priests and even bishops in the early Christian church. Her point? Women's ordination is not something revolutionary that has no roots in the past.

It was a joyful service with music provided by the choir of a local Catholic intentional Eucharistic community. Their choir director composed a special "Mass of Christ-Sophia" for the occasion. Here is the "Agnus Dei" from that Mass:

Loving God, you call us to speak truth to power. Have mercy on us.
Loving God, you call us to live the gospel of justice and peace. Have mercy on us.
Loving God, you call us to be your presence in the world. Grant us your peace.

We wish the newly ordained women all the best as they go forth to answer this call.

There are more photos available in this Picasa Web album...


Kentucky voices: Catholic hierarchy wrong, women should be ordained, by Donna Rougeux,, 9/10/2011

Why I am becoming a woman priest, by Adele Jones, San Antonio Express News, 9/10/2011

Cheshire woman to realize dream of becoming a Roman Catholic priest, by Ed Stannard, New Haven Register, 9/7/2011

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