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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 Kim Panero
  Mary Sue Barnett Joan Phoebe a.k.a. Catacomb
  Barbara Billey Miriam Picconi
  Janet Blakeley Joleane Presley
  Mary Blanchard Terese Rigodanzo-Kasper
  Silvia Brandon-Perez Donna Rougeux
  Sally Brochu Wanda Russell
  Carol Canton Kathleen Ryan
  Raymond Canton Lindy Sanford
  Clare Carbone Irene Scaramazza
  Sydney Condray Janice Sevre-Duszynska
  Diane Dougherty Kathryn Shea
  Renee Dubignon Dorothy Shugrue
  Barbara Duff Rosemarie Smead
  Abigail Eltzroth Betty Jane Smith
  Carol Giannini Marianne Smyth
  Ann Harrington Mary Theresa Streck
  Edmund John a.k.a. Catacomb Kim Turcotte
  Nori Kieran-Meredith Georgia Walker
  Jim Lauder Annie Watson
  Rita Lucey Mary Frances Weber
  Jeni Marcus Mary Catherine White
  Eleonora Marinaro Katy Zatsick
  James Marsh Patricia Zorn
  Maureen McGill Catacomb South America Priest 1
  Lorraine Sharpe Mayer Catacomb South America Priest 2
  Debra Meyers Catacomb South America Priest 3
  Christina Moriera Vasquez Catacomb South America Priest 4
  Dena O'Callaghan  

Deacons
  Margaret Alderman Karen Kerrigan
  Susan Guzik Lynn Kinlan
  Anne Keller Mary Ellen Sheenan
   
In Memorium
  Adele Jones
  Letitia Rawles
  Joan Throm
 

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Canada-West Members

(Bishop)
Priests
  Monica Kilburn-Smith Victoria Marie
  Jane Kryzanowski Catacomb Orpah
In Memorium
  Ruth Wasylenko

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Canada-East Members

Bishop
Priests
  Patricia Cook Linda Spear
  Roberta Fuller Kim Sylvester
  Catherine O'Connor  
 

Meet the Roman Catholic Womenpriests Europe-West Members

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

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)  
     


    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
   
 
Michelle Birch Conery
Michelle Birch Conery
Ordained
womandeacon 2004
womanpriest 2005
Association of RCWP
Michele Birch-Conery, Ph.D. in English Literature, teaches at North Island College in Port Alberni, BC. From 1963-1974, she studied and taught with the Sisters of the Holy Names in the state of Washington.  Michele says, "Since returning from the St. Lawrence ordinations, July 2005, I have come to appreciate the depth and extent to which, the SNJM's influence my gifts in ministry.  Their charism in education for social justice, their spirituality of tenderness and compassion grounded in contemplation in action are with me always.  Now, I also experience the giftedness of the prophetic community of Corpus priests and their companions on Vancouver Island.  I am blessed by these people with whom I now serve in my call to ordination as a Romancatholic Womanpriest.” liberatta999@gmail.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
Cheryl Bristol
Cheryl Bristol
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2007
Association of RCWP
Cheryl Bristol, lesbian by birth, Catholic by choice, felt called to ministry for many years.  She was born on an apple farm north of Detroit and currently lives in southeast Michigan. She worked as a Paralegal while raising her son, Richard.  Living in Jerusalem from 1999-2002 deepened her interest in justice and interfaith relations.  In 2005 Cheryl served as a St. Joan’s International Alliance delegate to the United Nations Non Governmental Organization Conference.  She is currently a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender rights activist working with Catholics and other groups to end intolerance and religion abuse.  Other ministries include weddings, holy union ceremonies, memorial services, baptisms, and playing the harp. dvnsource@gmail.com
   
 
Mary Collingwood

Mary E. Collingwood
Ordained
deacon 2013

womanpriest 2014
Association of RCWP

Mary E. Collingwood has served for over 40 years in church ministry.  She has a Master of Arts. She has diocesan certification as a Lay Ecclesial Minister and is a licensed teacher. She was Director of Religious Education, Coordinator for Marriage Preparation, and Pastoral Minister.  On the diocesan level, she was the Director of the Pro Life Office and served on various boards and councils.  Mary and her husband, Rich, live in the Cleveland area and continue to be blessed with seven remarkable children and are grandparents.  Weekly celebration of Eucharist in the local community, celebrating the sacraments, pastoral counseling, working with other ministers in sustaining Christian communities, and supporting women in ordained ministry is her calling and passion. 
 
Diane Dougherty
Diane Dougherty
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2012
Association of RCWP
Diane Dougherty has worked in educational ministries in Catholic Schools, parishes and dioceses in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Georgia. Not only has she taught children in classroom settings, she was a sacramental coordinator, developed a parish family catechetical program, collaborated in developing preschools of religion for two dioceses, and, as an Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis, worked to develop liturgical, sacramental, catechetical and spiritual formation programs that empowered and certified diocesan catechetical leaders. She began an Education Center focusing on lifelong parenting skills. Presently, she is working at First Metropolitan Community Church empowering leaders in ministry. She will begin house churches around Atlanta and continue to promote equal roles for women within the Catholic tradition. She has a BSE and MSE in Elementary Education, a MAE in Pastoral Formation and Religious Education, and an EdS in Neuroscience of the Brain. Email: add57@numail.org
 
 
Barbara Duff
Barbara Anne Duff
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2013
Association of RCWP
Barbara Anne Duff lives in Macon, GA.   She was a Maryknoll Sister for 12 years earning a BSE while she taught in Bronx, NY.  After leaving community life, she pursued a nursing degree from Loyola in Chicago, IL, where she became an Air Force Flight Nurse during the Vietnam conflict. Following military service, she worked in the Manchester VA Medical Center in New Hampshire where she obtained a Master’s Degree in Human Services. She transferred to the Dublin VA Medical Center and served there as the Nursing Home Care Unit Supervisor and subsequently became the Assistant Chief Nurse. During that time she got a BS in Information Technology from Macon State College. She retired several years ago and is fulfilling her call by preparing for the priesthood. She supports and attends the Call to Action movement. Email: barbara.duff@cox.net
 
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 .

 
Adele Jones
Adele Decker Jones
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2011
Association of RCWP
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 has become the Franciscan charisms, especially simplicity, peace, love, and joy. Adele has two sons, five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, and two more very soon on the way. Adele is the first ordained womanpriest in Texas.
 
 
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.
 
 
Jim Lauder
Jim Lauder
Ordained
deacon 2007
priest 2008
Association of RCWP
Jim Lauder, BSW, MA, D. Min (Candidate) sfo (Secular Franciscan Order) leads the St. Iris Faith Community in Victoria, BC that was named after Dr. Iris Muller, a “grandmother” of RCWP. In addition to this ministry, Jim is the creator of Life's Circle Ceremonies for All Occasions and he offers inspirational services that are person-centered, spiritually meaningful, and based on peoples religious, semi-religious, or secular beliefs. He has over twenty years experience in counseling and facilitation. Additionally, he is a cancer survivor and author of Fear, Valor, Humor, a story about his healing experience. Jim is married to Janine, and they have two Border Collie aughters, Sadie and Grace. Being a “dog father” is a true blessing in my life.  My mission is to affirm and inspire the creative potential in all my relationships, and I love to bring to my work a deep sense of compassion, sensitivity and spirituality. I am so honored to advocate for equality in our church, and be a part of a strong community and movement that models a renewed priestly ministry. www.lifescircle.com
 
 
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).
 
Eleonora Marinaro
Eleonora Marinaro
Ordained
womanpriest 2007
Association of RCWP
Eleonora Marinaro  Eleonora V. Marinaro, lives and ministers in Port Richey, Florida through Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction. Her sacramental and liturgical ministry is in two small faith communities, where she  provides teaching and healing services.
 
Bridget Mary Meehan
Bridget Mary Meehan
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2006
womanbishop 2009
Association of RCWP

Bridget Mary Meehan, RCWP, a Sister for Christian Community, serves Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Communities in Florida and in Virginia. She presides at liturgies, officiates at weddings and offers sacramental ministry in both communities.  Meehan is author of eighteen books including Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God, a story about her journey to priesthood in the women priest movement that is rocking the foundation of the Roman Catholic Church, a holy shakeup that is bringing new life, creativity and justice to the church and beyond.  Dr. Meehan is currently Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program for Global Ministries University. Her work in communications media include programs about womenpriests on google and youtube and articles on BridgetMary's Blogspot.  She serves on the media committee for RCWP Association.  Bridget Mary was ordained a priest in the first USA ordination in  Pittsburgh on July 31, 2006 and was ordained a bishop in Santa Barbara, California in the historic ordination of  four bishops in the United States on April 19, 2009.  sofiabmm@aol.com
 
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
 
Debra Meyers
Debra Meyers
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2013
Association of RCWP

Debra Meyers has published several books as a professor of history and women’s studies at Northern Kentucky University.  She has studied at a Roman Catholic seminary and is currently working to complete a master’s degree in Religious Studies.  Her ministry focuses primarily on single mothers and their children who make up the vast majority of impoverished people in our country today.  Debra is a wife, the mother of two successful children, and a grandmother.  Email: drmeyers@aol.com
   
 
Dena O'Callaghan
Dena (Baronn) O'Callaghan
Ordained
womandeacon 2009
womanpriest 2010
Association of RCWP
Dena (Baronn) O'Callaghan is one of the women who stood at the first Women's Ordination Conference in Detroit, 1975, when the audience was asked, "Who feels called by God to a renewed priestly ministry in the Roman Catholic Church?" After receiving her M.Div at St. John Provincial Seminary in Plymouth, MI, Dena was appointed Associate Pastor of a newly-found parish community in the diocese of Saginaw. There she preached at weekend liturgies, co-celebrated the sacraments of the Church and was Director of the RCIA for eight years. Dena also served as Pastoral Administrator, instructor in the diaconate formation program at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit and conducted retreats for women and lay ministers. She and her husband John, a retired priest, currently co-pastor the House Church of Mary and Joseph in Ocala, Florida. jocallaghan001@cfl.rr.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.
 
 
Miriam Picconi
Miriam Therese Picconi
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2012

Association of RCWP
Miriam Therese Picconi Miriam Therese Picconi was born in the Bronx, NY; then raised in Queens, NY. She entered a religious congregation and was a Catholic Sister for 25 years. After leaving the community she continued in ministry. Over the last 45 years she has been in leadership positions in Religious Education, Archdiocesan Youth Ministry, Retreat Ministry, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults on the Diocesan and Parish level and coordinated and ministered in all aspects of Parish Ministry. Miriam also served as a Pastoral Associate in a number of parishes /and Parish Life Director. She recently retired and moved to Palm Coast, Fl in December 2010. Miriam has certification in Teacher Training, a B. S. in Special Studies, a Masters in Religious Studies and over 400 hours in Clinical Pastoral Education. She has preached, spoke at the Women’s Group and Ultreya gathering, facilitated an Adult Sunday School faith sharing using the Sunday Scriptures, and led Stations of the Cross and inter-faith prayer services. She has also become a volunteer with Flagler Hospital Hospice Care. After ordination Miriam’s desire is to minister to those who have been alienated and/or ostracized from the Catholic Church and provide inclusive ministries and liturgies where all are welcome to celebrate and experience Sofia’s unconditional love in a community and discipleship of equals. miriampicconi@gmail.com
 
 
Joleane Presley
Joleane Presley
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2013
Association of RCWP
Joleane Presley works full time at the Adventist Rehabilitation Hospital of Maryland as a Senior Chaplain in Manassas, VA. Her ministry involves providing pastoral care to patients who are recovering from physical disabilities such as stroke, amputation, head injury and spinal cord injury.  She graduated from Duke Divinity School Seminary in 2001 with a M.Div. She has an undergraduate degree in rehabilitation counseling.  Joleane has been married for fourteen wonderful years to husband Scott.  She is a devoted "fur mommy" to her three terriers! Email: joprsly@gmail.com
 
 
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.
 
Donna Rougeux
Donna LeMaster Rougeux
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2012
Association of RCWP
Donna LeMaster Rougeux lives in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lexington Theological Seminary in 2009 with a Masters in Pastoral Studies. She completed a residency with Hospice in 2010 earning four units of Clinical Pastoral Education. She has worked as a Hospice Chaplain since she finished the residency and plans on becoming a certified chaplain. Donna is married and has three teenaged children. She taught first grade and fourth grade in a Catholic School before she got married. "I am so thankful that God has called me to work for reform in the Roman Catholic Church. I hope that my daughters, granddaughters and all women will be forever changed and affirmed to follow God's call because of the work that this movement has done and will do in challenging the Church to be the kindom on earth."
email: Dlrougeux@insightbb.com
 
Wanda Russell
Wanda Russell
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2012
Association of RCWP

Wanda Yvonne Lavinghouse Russell was born in Mobile, Alabama she lived most of her youth in North and Southeast states. While living in Montgomery, Alabama she married and had a daughter, Monica, who moved to New York. Wanda is a retired social worker now residing in Palm Coast, Florida. Wanda has been in volunteer RCC ministry most of her life. As an active, progressive Roman Catholic, she has ministered as Eucharistic Minister, Lector, Prayer Group Leader, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults team leader, Charismatic Healing Ministry prayer team leader, taught a bible study group, facilitated faith sharing groups, worked on youth ministry team, co-chaired a diocesan youth convention with over 700 participants, led many workshops including Life in the Spirit and the Beginning Experience. Wanda has been very ecumenical working to bring all Godde’s people of many faiths and backgrounds together. She was a novice in the Sisters of Loretto and attended Catholic Junior College, and completed undergraduate work at a Methodist college. Wanda continues her quest for TRUTH and discernment regarding ministry and the way Sophia will lead her as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest. wandayrussell@aol.com
   

 
Irene Scaramazza
Irene Scaramazza
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2014
Association of RCWP
Irene Scaramazza was born in western Pennsylvania. She entered a religious congregation and was a Catholic sister for 21 years. Irene has been involved in various ministries: education (teaching and administration); community mental health counseling; preceptor for Doctoral students enrolled in Marriage and Family Therapy program; retreat and spiritual director, hospice chaplaincy, and presider for home church and other local groups in Columbus, Ohio. Irene has a Master of Divinity degree from Weston School of Theology, a Doctor of Ministry degree from Boston University, Marriage and Family Therapy certification from Kantor Family Institute. Irene is currently completing a year-long Residency Program in Clinical Pastoral Education and plans to use it in hospice ministry.  
Email: irenes@columbus.rr.com
 
Dorothy Shugrue
Dorothy Shugrue
Ordained
womandeacon 2011
womanpriest 2011
Association of RCWP
Dorothy Shugrue was born in Providence RI and has lived in Connecticut since 1962. Dorothy is a former member of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, a graduate of Emmanuel College, Southern Connecticut State University, Antioch University and Drew University. Dorothy taught school in her early relgious life and serve as a chaplain at the University of Bridgeport and St. Joseph College West Hartford. Since 1986 Dorothy has worked in the field of Behavioral Health and Addiction Services with a particular focus on adolescents, young adults and young pregnant women. Dorothy continues this ministry today as she builds a presence as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in Connecticut. Presently living in Cheshire Dorothy is providing "Home Church" for groups with the hope of developing an inclusive parish community. The love and support of family and friends and many Sisters of Notre Dame continues to be a source of strength and joy as Dorothy forges ahead as part of this life giving movement in our Church today.
 
Janice Sevre-Duszynska
Janice Sevre-Duszynska
Ordained
womandeacon 2006
womanpriest 2008
Association of RCWP
Janice Sevre-Duszynska, is co-chair of the Ministry of Irritation of the Women's Ordination Conference, the oldest and largest organization working for ordination of a renewed priestly ministry in the Catholic Church. From teaching ESL to children from around the world she says she learned about the value of nonviolence. A local and national peace activist, she is a former Prisoner of Conscience for the School of the Americas Watch. She recently completed a Christian Peacemakers Team delegation into the Sonora Desert of Mexico and Tucson in solidarity with Mexican migrants as part of the Migrant Trail Walk. She writes essays, poetry, and plays, rides horses, keeps a lovely English cottage garden and enjoys being a Busia (grandmother) to her grandchildren and aunt to her nieces and nephews. email: rhythmsofthedance1@gmail.com
 
Rosemarie Smead
Rosemarie Smead
Ordained
womandeacon 2012
womanpriest 2013
Association of RCWP
Rosemarie Smead of Bedford, KY, is a couples and family therapist and has worked for 40+ years with adjudicated delinquent teens and youth with psychological and educational issues. She is a retired Distinguished Teaching and Service Professor after 26 years at Indiana University, and author of 6 books and videos on training therapists to work with youth.  Rosemarie was a Discalced Carmelite nun before gaining a BA in Theology from Marquette University. A Master's in Psychometrics and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology and Family Therapy allowed her to live her vocation to serve the Church by helping young people and families learn more Christ-like ways to live.  As a deacon,, Rosemarie will be working with sister priests to bring inclusive Christ-Sophia communities to the Louisville area, as well as helping young girls and women develop their full potential.  Rosemarie was ordained a deacon on October 20, 2012.  Email: shanti.rosemarie@gmail.com
 
 
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.
 
 
Mary Theresa Streck
Mary Theresa Streck
Ordained
womandeacon 2013
womanpriest 2013
Association of RCWPA
Mary Theresa Streck of Menands, NY, began her life in ministry as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ) and continued her journey with these strong women for 18 years. Mary Theresa left the CSJs to continue a life of service with Jay Murnane, her marriage partner for 20 years. In 1978, Mary and Jay created the Ark After School Program in a public housing project in Troy, NY. In 2001 she was one of the founding members of the Ark Community Charter School in Troy continuing her ministry to the low-income community in Troy. Mary Theresa earned a Doctorate in Education Leadership from the Sage Colleges and is currently a Doctor of Ministry candidate with Global Ministries University. Mary Theresa was ordained a deacon on June 22, 2013 and a priest on September 15, 2013. She is a member of the Inclusive Catholic Community of Albany, NY, a community of equals that meets regularly to support each other’s ministries to the local and global community. mtstreck@gmail.com
 
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
 
Katy Zatsick
Katy Zatsick
Ordained
womandeacon 2009
womanpriest 2010
Association of RCWP
Katy Zatsick Katy Zatsick received her Masters of Pastoral Studies in 1997 from Loyola University-NO. Since then she has worked as a pastoral coordinator for the Diocese of Richmond 1995 -1996 and later served seven years in hospice chaplaincy ministry until her retirement in May 2009. While in Chicago she was active in peacemaking activities with MFSO and IVAW and continues to be a life-long peace activist. In 2005, she lived at Walter Reed Army Medical Center while her son recovered from being very seriously injured in Iraq. During her time at Walter Reed, she also ministered to other patients and their family members for eight months and was an advocate for their many needs. Katy now resides in Lexington KY and is currently active in ministry with the once-homeless through the Catholic Action Center. She also spends her time advocating for National Health Care. Katy says, "I await God’s call to my next ministry after my ordination." katyzatsick@insightbb.com