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The Ordained Members

Statement on Apostolic Succession
 

The ordinations of Roman Catholic Womenpriests are valid because of our apostolic succession within the Roman Catholic Church. The principal consecrating Roman Catholic male bishops who ordained our first women bishops are bishops with apostolic succession within the Roman Catholic Church. Therefore, our bishops validly ordain deacons, priests and bishops.  Consequently, all qualified candidates, including baptized ministers and priests from other Christian traditions, who are presented to our bishops for ordination are ordained by the laying on of hands in apostolic succession in the Roman Catholic Church.
 
 

Worldwide Members

Meet the Association of Roman Catholic
Women Priests Members

Bishops
  Olga Lucia Alvarez Mary E. Collingwood
  Michele Birch-Conery Bridget Mary Meehan
Priests
  Catherine Aquinas a.k.a. Catacomb Debra Meyers
  Bernadette Baker a.k.a. Catacomb Dena O'Callaghan
  Mary Sue Barnett Kim Panero
  Judith Bautista Miriam Picconi
  Barbara Billey Joleane Presley
  Janet Blakeley Terese Rigodanzo-Kasper
  Mary Blanchard Donna Rougeux
  Cheryl Bristol Wanda Russell
  Sally Brochu Kathleen Ryan
  Carol Canton Irene Scaramazza
  Raymond Canton Janice Sevre-Duszynska
  Clare Carbone Kathryn Shea
  Diane Dougherty Dorothy Shugrue
  Renee Dubignon Rosemarie Smead
  Barbara Duff Marianne Smyth
  Carol Giannini Mary Theresa Streck
  Luz Galilea a.k.a. Catacomb Joan Throm
  Ann Harrington Georgia Walker
  Nori Kieran-Meredith Annie Watson
  Jim Lauder Mary Frances Weber
  Rita Lucey Mary Catherine White
  Jeni Marcus Katy Zatsick
  Eleonora Marinaro Patricia Zorn
  James Marsh Catacomb South America Priest 1
  Lorraine Sharpe Mayer Catacomb South America Priest 2
  Maureen McGill  

Deacons
  Silvia Brandon-Perez Phoebe a.k.a. Catacomb
  Sydney Condray Mary Ellen Sheenan
  Denise Davis Betty Smith
  Susan Guzik Kim Turcotte
  Edmund John a.k.a. Catacomb Catacomb South America Deacon 1

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Canada-West Members

(Bishop)
Priests
  Monica Kilburn-Smith Rose Mewhort
  Jane Kryzanowski Ruth Wasylenko
  Victoria Marie  

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Canada-East Members

Bishop
Priests
  Roberta Fuller Linda Spear
  Catherine O'Connor Kim Sylvester
Deacons
Catacomb Canada East - Deacon 1 Catacomb Canada East - Inactive Deacon 1
    Catacomb Canada East - Inactive Deacon 2
 

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Europe-West Members

Bishops
  Patricia Fresen (Germany) Ida Raming (Germany)
  Gisela Forster (Germany)  
Priests
  Geneviève Beney (France) Monika Wyss (Switzerland - Inactive)
  Morag Liebert (Scotland)  
Deacons
Regina Ladewig (Germany)
Christine M. Hassenstab (Norway)
 

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests
Weiheämter für Frauen in der römisch-katholischen Kirche

Bishops
  Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger (Austria)
Rafael Regelsberger (Austria)
Priests
  Roberta Meehan (Arizona) Adelinde Roitinger (Majorca Island)
  Catacomb Priest 1 (Mexico)  
Deacons
  Catacomb Deacon 1 (Austria) Catacomb Deacon 3 (Germany)
  Catacomb Deacon 2 (Austria)  
     

In Memoriam

  Adele Jones - ARCWP



    RCWP Worldwide Ordained Members
(Listed in Alphabetical Order)
 
 
Genevieve Beney
Geneviève Beney
Ordained
womandeacon 2004
womanpriest 2005
RCWP-Europe-West
Geneviève Beney was born in Paris (France) in 1949. In past she was in charge of cultural and sports activities (secondary school). She had theological diploma of Strasbourg University. She married Albert Ratz in 1989 (widowed who has three children and six grandchildren and one great- grandchild). Geneviève shared Albert’s retired activities: archeology, historical research (local area). She was ordained as deacon in 2004 on the Danube River and as priest in June 2005 on Rhône and Saône in Lyon with great Albert’s support although he was Protestant (Reformed Church). Albert died recently in November 2010. Two charisma of Geneviève: inventiveness (particularly dance) and listening attentively to people. She have responsibility of discernment about candidates for ordination in France. email: enmarchegenben@aol.com
   
 
Marie Bouclin
Marie Bouclin
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2007
womanbishop 2011
RCWP-Canada-East
 
Marie Bouclin Marie Evans Bouclin, a former nun and high school teacher, worked as a free-lance translator in religion and ethics for over twenty years. She is serving a second term on the national work group of the Catholic Network for Women's Equality (CNWE) and was coordinator of Women's Ordination Worldwide from 2002-2006. Marie was ordained a deacon in August, 2006, and will be ordained to the priesthood on May 27, 2007 in Toronto. Her area of ministry is to women who have been abused by clergy. She is the author of Seeking Wholeness: Women dealing with abuse of power in the Catholic Church (Liturgical Press, 2006). mbouclin@tyenet.com
 
 
Gisela Forster
Gisela Forster
Ordained
Danube 7
womandeacon 2002
womanpriest 2002
womanbishop 2003
RCWP-Europe-West
Gisela Forster (Dr.), one of the foremothers of RCWP, was born in Munich to parents from Bavaria and Hungary. She studied Catholic theology, philosophy, arts and architecture at the Technical University of Munich. On June 29, 2002, Forster and six other women, known as the Danube Seven, were ordained priests aboard a boat on the Danube River, near the town of Passau. In 2003 she was ordained a bishop, and as such she has served RCWP by officiating at the ordination of women in Canada, Western Europe and the USA. She is a member of the German organization, Gruppe Maria Magdala, Priesteramt fur die Frau, which promotes priesthood for women. Her ministry has included care of the home bound and work in the creative arts. Prior to her marriage to Anselm Forster in 1989, she was employed as a teacher at the Benedictine Schaftlarn School, and since the 1990's she has been a professor of art in Munich. In addition, she was elected to the district council of Starnberg in 1989, serving as chairperson on the council until 2002. She is a mother and a grandmother.
 
Patricia Fresen
Patricia Fresen
Ordained
womandeacon 2003
womanpriest 2003
womanbishop 2005
RCWP-Europe-West
Patricia Fresen, D.Th., formerly of South Africa, studied theology for seven years in Rome at the University of St. Thomas and at the Gregorian and obtained a Licentiate in Theology. Upon her return to South Africa in 1988, she was invited to join the faculty of the National Seminary in Pretoria, where she taught Sacramental Theology, Spirituality and Homiletics. She completed her doctoral studies and thesis and obtained the Doctorate in Theology in May 1996 through the University of South Africa; and shortly thereafter she accepted a position on the Faculty of the Catholic University in Johannesburg. As a direct result of her ordination to the priesthood in 2003, Patricia was forced to leave the Dominican Order in South Africa, of which she had been a member for 45 years; and she had to vacate her position at Catholic University. She subsequently left her homeland to take up residence in Germany, where she continues to live and to serve the mission and goals of RCWP.

Ordained a bishop in 2005, Patricia has been the presiding bishop at many ordinations in Europe, Canada and the USA. As the International Training Program Coordinator for RCWP, her primary ministry has been oversight and development of the Training Program, which prepares candidates for ordination to the priesthood. Since handing over the care of the Training Program in the USA to others, she has continued to oversee the Training Program in Canada and Europe West.

Patricia is a well-respected and well-known conference speaker and retreat leader in the USA, Canada, Europe, South Africa and Australia.

 
Roberta Fuller
Roberta Fuller
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2011
RCWP-Canada-East
Roberta Fuller was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She spent her first career with Air Canada in various capacities. Since she has traveled extensively and lived all over the world including both Montreal and France, she is therefore bilingual. Her academic degrees consist of an added B.Ed. to her undergraduate B.A.Hons., to begin a distinguished secondary school teaching career. Roberta continued on to graduate with a Masters of Education. She was then nominated for the Governor General's Outstanding Teacher Award, and because of her writing, was invited by both the University of Virginia and Common-wealth University of Va. to do further research on slavery. She was twice invited to Stratford Hall, the historic site and the birthplace of Thomas Jefferson, and finally, she was invited by Cambridge University in England, to do follow-up work on the Civil Rights Movement. Roberta has also been a local represent-ative on the Status of Women Committee in Ontario, and a member of the OSSTF Human Rights' Executive. She was the first recipient of the James Forster Human Rights' Award for both the promotion of equity and human rights. As a volunteer, she has taken medical supplies to the Canadian hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan three times and was awarded the YMCA Peace Medal. Roberta also served for several successive terms on the Board of Directors for Women's Resources, a shelter for abused women and children which also operates second-step housing, and many outreach programs for both child witnesses and adult victims of abuse. As a priest, Roberta continues to find the opportuniy to serve God, her community and beyond as the ultimate honour, priviledge, and responsibility.
 
Christine Hassentab
Christine Hassenstab
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
RCWP-Europe

Christine M. Hassenstab was raised in Wabasso, Minnesota. She graduated from St. Ann (Area) High School in 1967, having been taught by the School Sisters of Notre Dame from Mankato. Chris was arrested twice for civil disobedience at the Bangor Trident Nuclear Submarine Base in Bangor, Washington along with others from “Live Without Trident” and spent time in jail after her conviction. After receiving a BS in Biology from The Evergreen State College she attended law school in San Francisco and received her JD in 1984. Thereafter, she worked as a public defender. On 9.11.2001 she moved to Trondheim, Norway with her partner, Sabrina P. Ramet, a Professor of Political Science. On 30 April 2010, she publically defended and received her PhD in Sociology from NTNU, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. The PhD dealt with science and ethics, focusing on the eugenics movement in Norway and the USA. While working at NTNU, she is also finishing a Masters in Theology. Chris and a small group meet twice a month for a Liturgy of the Word and prayer. The group, a “huskirke” (house church), is also involved in social justice issues, especially focusing on the treatment of the Roma in Norway, sustainability/environmental issues and homophobia in the Roman Catholic Church. She can be reached at: christine.hassenstabvt@ntnu.no .

 
Monica Kilburn-Smith
Monica Kilburn-Smith
Ordained
womandeacon 2007
womanpriest 2008
RCWP-Canada-West
Monica Kilburn-Smith,  (M.T.S., Grad. Dip. Dance Therapy, B.A. Fine Arts) is a certified professional chaplain (Canadian Association of Spiritual Care), currently working as Spiritual Care Director/Chaplain in a hospice. Monica has two teen-aged daughters and lives in Calgary, Alberta (Canada), where she is the priest of St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Faith Community (www.saintbrigids.org). She is a trained Spiritual Director, Reiki Master and Healing Touch Practitioner, and is now studying for her Doctor of Ministry degree. Monica is passionate about creative work in the intersections of spirituality, pastoral care, liturgy and the arts. She is committed to the development of healthy faith communities and to the empowering of women in claiming their wisdom, beauty and agency as beloveds of God. Monica can be emailed at celebrant@saintbrigids.org.
 
 
Morag Liebert
Morag Liebert
Ordained
womandeacon 2008
womanpriest 2009
RCWP-Europe-West
Morag Liebert was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and studied for an M.A. (Ordinary) in Biblical Studies and Moral Philosophy with Nursing Studies and later for a M.Sc. in Nursing Education at the University of Edinburgh. In her career in the nursing profession she worked as a Health Visitor (Public Health Nurse) and for a number of years taught community care and health subjects in the South Lothian College of Nursing and Midwifery in Edinburgh. From 1994 to 2009 she was active in the UK campaign for the ordination of women to the priesthood in the Roman Catholic Church and since 2001 she has worked as a volunteer with abused women. When she retired she returned to the University of Edinburgh to study for a B.D. with Honours in Divinity. She offers a monthly house Mass and once or twice a year she teaches a short course of Bible Study from a feminist standpoint. She may be contacted at moraglt@btinternet.com.
 
Victoria Marie
Victoria Marie
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2012
RCWP-Canada-West
Victoria Marie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Canada in 1965. Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Inclusive Catholic Community, she has been a spiritual director since 1997 and worked in parish ministry as the coordinator of adult religious education for six years in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver until 2002. She completed her BA (Sociology and Anthropology) and MA (Anthropology) at Simon Fraser University. She has a PhD from the University of British Columbia (Educational Studies), a Master of Pastoral Studies (Spiritual Direction), from the Vancouver School of Theology. She is a researcher, activist and co-founder of the Vancouver Catholic Worker. Her social justice interests have taken her to Kenya and Mexico; to Colombia with Witness for Peace; and to Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishnabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in north-western Ontario with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).
 
Roberta Meehan
Roberta Meehan
Ordained
womandeacon 2005
womanpriest 2006
Weiheämter für Frauen in der Römisch-Katholischen Kirche
Roberta Meehan is a university biology teacher, a professional science writer, and an invited speaker on the bio-theology of sex and gender. Her ministries include teaching, writing, public speaking, and internet-based theological communications -- particularly in the areas of scripture, church documents (including the Documents of Vatican II), and bio-theology. A grandmother, a divorcee, and an avid tennis player, Roberta Meehan shares her home with her three dachshunds. Biotheologian@aol.com

 
 
Catherine O'Connor

Catherine O'Connor
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2013
RCWP-Canada-East

Catherine O'Connor is a registered social worker in Barrie, Ontario, with an M.Div. from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto, where she was awarded the Excellence in Liturgy award upon graduation. Catherine has been working with deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people for over 25 years; she holds a post-graduate certificate in bereavement counseling and, up until recently, volunteered with the Ontario Provincial Police as an on-call crisis counselor. Hard of hearing herself, she is an avid advocacy worker in the area of disability rights and can communicate in ASL. She has over 15 years of parish experience, including extensive preaching, leading small groups, teaching confirmation classes, and so on.
 
 
Bishop Ida Raming
Ida Raming
Ordained
womanpriest 2002
womanbishop 2006
RCWP-Europe-West
Ida Raming was born in 1932 in the northwestern part of Germany and studied philosophy, education, theology and German in Münster and in Freiburg/Breisgau.  After her first state examination (in high school education) she continued her theological studies in Münster.

During Vatican Council II, in 1963,  together with Dr. Iris Müller
(colleague and friend), she drew up a published petition to the Vatican Council, challenging the exclusion of women from the priesthood.

Ida received her doctorate in theology from the University of Münster in 1970, and her thesis was titled “The Exclusion of Women from Priesthood: Divine Law or Gender Discrimination?” which was later published in Germany in 1973 (Böhlau Verlag, Köln / Wien); an English translation of her thesis was published by Scarecrew Press in 1976, a second edition in 2004).

Ida has published numerous books and articles on the history and theology of women, especially on the position of women in the Roman Catholic Church.  She states:"Considering the continuing oppression of women by the Vatican regarding their baptismal right to ordination, especially the definitive decision of Pope John Paul II against the priesthood of women (Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, 1994), in my view the doors to women’s ordination were closed.   Therefore I did not expect any reforms through dialogue and action within the system.  I decided, together with my friend and colleague Dr. Iris Müller, after a lifelong struggle for women’s ordination, that the best -  and possibly at this juncture the only - way forward was to transgress canon law (c.1024 CIC), relying on the word of  Holy Scripture: “We must obey God rather than men” (Acts 5:29)."

On June 29, 2002, Ida Raming was one of the original seven women who were ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood. This took place on the Danube River. In June, 2006 she was ordained a Roman Catholic womanbishop in Stuttgart, Germany.
 
Linda Spear
Linda Spear
Ordained
womandeacon 2010
womanpriest 2010
RCWP-Canada East
Linda Spear was born in Winnipeg , Manitoba , Canada in 1940 and raised in Winnipeg by her adoptive parents. After completing high school and a BA she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary where she remained for five years, completing her novitiate and teaching junior and senior high school. After completing a BEd and and MA in medieval history at University of Manitoba, she taught high school and then began studies for a Licentiate in Medieval Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and a PhD in medieval studies at University of Toronto. Thesis topics were: Aelred of Rievaulx and Julian of Norwich, Meditation Techniques in the Twelfth Century and The Treatment of Sexual Sin in Irish Latin Penitential Literature. After completing her studies in Montréal, Linda taught for many years at the high school and college levels in Montréal, at the same time completing an MA in Pastoral Theology in French at the Université de Montréal. During this time she served as a volunteer chaplain at the Newman Centre, McGill University , and President of Dignity, Montréal. Finally, after thirty years of teaching, she retired to the ski resort of Sutton in the Eastern Townships of Québec, southeast of Montréal. In Sutton she became involved in the ecumenical movement which sponsors discussion groups, guest speakers, and ecumenical celebrations. She celebrates weekly Eucharists at Grace Anglican Church. She is available for pastoral counseling and sacramental ministry.
 
 
Kim Sylvester
Kim Sylvester
Ordained
womandeacon 2009
womanpriest 2010
RCWP-Canada-East
Kim Sylvester, born and raised in Maine, now makes her home with Robert Rinfret, her French-canadian husband, in British Columbia. Since ordination she leads LIVING WORD Inclusive Faith Community, and is active with other clergy women (various churches) in a meditation group, in public coffee shop ministry; plans are underway for leading a women’s spirituality & prayer circle. She has worked in many areas of the arts, mostly teaching at college and university levels: history of art, architecture, and culture. After she accepted a call to use her musical/vocal skills in the francophone liturgy program being developed post-Vatican II in the archdiocese of Quebec, Kim was active in the liturgy training program for ten years and is still imbued with desire to continue to teach and share this learning, especially in today’s Church climate of returning to the past. In a non-specific way, her call to priesthood came early, after growing up in the Baptist church! Kim entered the RC church at 19 and continued to desire to follow Jesus. “I didn’t know exactly how it would develop in my life, but was confident that God would show me!” Now as a very happy womanpriest, she is a grandmother of five, still maintains her music teaching studio, and is a determined supporter of justice for women in all areas of life.
 
Ruth Wasylenko
Ruth Wasylenko
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2012
RCWP Canada-West
Ruth Wasylenko I've wanted to be a priest since I was a little girl. Two grand uncles were priests and we used to have the Eucharist in our home from time to time. I was smitten. I spent 24 years in religious community thinking that was the next best thing. In the meantime I received a B.Ed from the University of Calgary and for the best part of my career taught special needs middle school teens and helped adapt the Religious Ed program to meet their needs. Further studies gave me a M.Div. from Newman Theological School in Edmonton, Canada, then a M.Th. from St. Stephen's College at the University of Alberta. Pastoral ministry in many areas has been an avocation over the years. Chronic illness has plagued me for the past 20 years and in the fall of 2011 I was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable form of lung cancer. God has called me to priesthood, so I am grateful to have the time to respond in Edmonton, Canada. ruthwasy@shaw.ca

In Memoriam

Adele Jones

Adele Decker Jones
RIP 4-22-2015
 

Adele Decker Jones, a proud native of New Orleans, received a Catholic education throughout her formative years. She joined the United States Nursing Cadet Corp in 1944 during WWII and became a Registered Nurse with a specialization in psychiatry. She married a medical student in 1947 and moved to Victoria, Texas, where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology while helping her husband start a medical practice and raising a family. She was the Founder and Director of St. Christopher’s Hall, a school program for children with LLD. Upon moving in 1980 to San Antonio she originated the Office of Development for Catholic Television of San Antonio and wrote a history of its origins. In 1986 she began post graduate studies at Oblate School of Theology which included a Master's Degree in Theological Studies writing her Master’s thesis on “World Hunger in the Light of Social Justice.” In 1991 she completed a Master's in Divinity and in 1997 at the age of seventy, she obtained a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Counseling and Psychotherapy from Garrett Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. Adele then became a Licensed Professional Counselor and founded “Made for Joy”, an outreach of her Doctoral research. She was on the staff of Grace Counseling Center, developed a private counseling practice and taught workshops, seminars, and retreats. She taught several courses to students at Oblate School of Theology on “Sophia as Divine Wisdom.” In 1988 Adele had professed as a member of the Secular Franciscan Order and served as Minister of St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity. The basis of her spirituality was the Franciscan charisms, especially simplicity, peace, love, and joy. Adele had two sons, five grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren. Adele was the first ordained womanpriest in Texas.