The majority of RCWP-USA members will gather in Middleton, WI at Holy Wisdom Monastery from July 11-14 for Council 2017.
The preparation for this meeting began in August 2015 and the committee met in May 2016 to work with our facilitator, Debbie Asberry, who helped us see our way forward in engaging all of RCWP-USA. Since last year we have been meeting nationwide in small groups exploring our identity as RCWP-USA candidates, deacons, priests and support members. Our purpose as an organization focused on the preparation and ordination of women to the Roman Catholic priesthood, and our circular model of governance, where we are equal participants in renewing our Roman Catholic Church. These small group discussions, reflections on our history, Constitution and personal stories, form the foundation of the process to come.
Council 2017 provides the opportunity for us to gather in person and do the work of RCWP-USA from a contemplative stance. Under the facilitation of Debbie Asberry, it is our hope that, after this year of journeying together, we can gather and embrace our emerging future.
Please pray with us, that this event will solidify our commitment to working together within this progressive movement.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests are at the forefront of a model of service that offers Catholics a renewed priestly ministry in vibrant grassroots communities where all are equal and all are welcome. The voice of the Catholic people---the sensus fidelium---has spoken. We women are no longer asking for permission to be priests. Instead, we have taken back our rightful God-given place ministering to Catholics as inclusive and welcoming priests.
Yes, we have challenged and broken the Church's Canon Law 1024, an unjust law that discriminates against women. Despite what some bishops may lead the faithful to believe, our ordinations are valid because we are ordained in apostolic succession within the Roman Catholic Church.
The Catholic people have accepted us as their priests and they continue to support us as we grow from the seven bold women first ordained on the Danube River in 2002. Ordained women are already ministering in over 32 states across the country. We are here to stay.
Mission“A new model of ordained ministry in a renewed Roman Catholic Church."
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Roman Catholic Womenpriests (RCWP) is an international movement within the Roman Catholic Church. The mission of Roman Catholic Womenpriests-USA is to prepare, ordain in Apostolic Succession, and support primarily women who are called by the Holy Spirit and their communities to a renewed priestly ministry rooted in justice and faithfulness to the Gospel.