“Be the change you want to bring about” (Mahatma Gandhi)

“Be the change you want to bring about” (Mahatma Gandhi)

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Bridget Mary and Mary Theresa led an inclusive eucharist in Dublin on Sunday the 6th of August 2017. It was a celebration of the Divine Presence, In, Around and Among Us. We all sat in a very large circle and all joined in the singing and the sharing.

The second reading was adapted from “Christ in the Margins” (Edwina Gateley):

It is time for all of us to stop marching along with the status quo in search of security, power and control, but to stumble instead towards the margins where we will encounter a magic and a mystery that will plunge us trembling but rejoicing into the realm of the Holy One.

For the “Our Father” we read “The Prayer of Jesus” (Miriam Therese Winter):

O Holy One, who is 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

There was a great joy and peacefulness in this eucharist where all are truly welcome.

The Roman Catholic Women Priest movement has its roots in the ordination of 7 women on a boat on the river Danube in 2002. They claim apostolic succession as their first bishops were ordained by validly ordained male bishops. This movement has now grown to include over 250 women deacons, priests and bishops, most of whom are based in the USA. They prepare and ordain qualified women and men to serve the people of God as priests.

Roman Catholic Women Priests are visible reminders that women are equal images of God. They are healing centuries of misogyny. Therefore, women should preside at the altar and in all leadership roles in the church. The Vatican (hierarchy) cannot continue to discriminate against women and blame God for it. The movement is a “holy shakeup” which millions of Catholics support. They lead inclusive, enthusiastic, egalitarian communities where all are welcome to receive sacraments.

Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan & Mary Theresa Streck & Joan Chesterfield (All from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP)) are on a month long visit to Ireland to search for women who are called to serve as priests.

To learn more about ARCWP:

  1. Website:                                     https://arcwp.org/en/
  2. Bridget Mary Meehan’s Blog: http://bridgetmarys.blogspot.ie/


Colm Holmes
6 August 2017