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LOCAL INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY HOSTS INTERNATIONAL MEETING OF ASSOCIATION OF ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMEN PRIESTS IN ALBANY, NEW YORK

From the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests (ARCWP) www.arcwp.org

For immediate release: July 14, 2016

Media contacts:

(local – Albany) Mary Theresa Streck, founder of Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community, mtstreck@gmail.com
http://www.inclusivecatholiccommunity-nycr.org

Kathie Ryan, keryan013@gmail.com

Janice Sevre-Duszynska, (media) 859-684-4247, rhythmsofthedance1@gmail.com

From July 14 – 17, The Inclusive Catholic Community of the Capital Region of New York –the Upper Room is hosting the annual gathering of the international Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. It is being held at the Albany Radisson, 205 Wolf Rd.

The local progressive community meets on Sundays at 11 a.m. at 415 River St., Troy, New York.  It began with the ordination of Mary Theresa Streck, ARCWP on September 15, 2013. The 40+ member community is served by four priests and two deacons, including women and men, and LGBTQI people. Media are welcome to interview participants about their ministries to transform the Roman Catholic Church into a more welcoming and just community.

As the Vatican upgrades the feast day of Mary of Magdalene on July 22nd, Roman Catholic Women Priests celebrate 10 years of creating communities that include and dismantling barriers that exclude. This means that everyone has a place at the Eucharistic table and all are welcome to receive sacraments.

On July 31, 2006, 12 women were ordained on the Majestic Riverboat on the three rivers near Pittsburgh, thus beginning the movement for gender justice in the Catholic Church in the US. The international Women Priest Movement has grown from the Danube Seven in 2002 to over 225 in 13 countries in 2016. As we celebrate our 10-year anniversary of priesthood in the U.S., we continue to work for the full equality of women in the church and in the world.