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News Archive 2015

ARCWP Priest Tish Rawles Excommunicated

A Cincinnati nun was excommunicated and dismissed from her Roman Catholic religious order last week after admitting she has been secretly acting as a priest since this spring. Sister Letetia “Tish” Rawles, who has been a nun for 47 years, told the leaders of her order she was ordained in April as part of a […]

Salt Lake City woman is first in Utah to claim ordination to Catholic priesthood

Women who claim their ordinations are recognized by God — if not the Catholic Church — ordained a Salt Lake City woman Sunday, the first woman in Utah to call herself a Catholic priest. Clare Julian Carbone, a former nun and a hospice chaplain, was ordained Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake […]

Don’t Be Afraid of New Things: A Response

What a beautiful closing reflection by Pope Francis! The Spirit continues to speak to the people of God in all who work for justice and equality in our world and in all who have dedicated their lives to making the church a more equal and welcoming community where everybody is loved and everybody is welcome. […]

Hope for Emphasis on Basics

“Bridget Mary Meehan, a bishop in the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, a splinter group that ordains women, said that while she loved Pope Francis, the media “had gone bonkers” in its adoration of him despite his doctrinal orthodoxy on women.” Bridget Mary’s Response: Pope Francis does not get the connection between women’s equality […]

Three new female Catholic bishops ordained in Delco

More than 40 years ago, when Bridget Mary Meehan was an Immaculate Heart of Mary sister teaching in Delaware County parish schools, she was forming the foundation that eventually led her to becoming a bishop with the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. “Everything, I learned in ‘Nunhood 101’ — prayer, ministry and service of […]

Female Priests Urge Pope Francis to Open Priesthood to Women

This is an interview between Amy Goodman of Democracy Now and Janice Sevre-Duszynska of ARCWP: The pope’s visit has also drawn criticism over his position on women’s leadership within the church. Seven activists have been arrested in a civil disobedience in Washington, D.C., to call for Pope Francis to recognize the rights of women to […]

Discipleship of Equals

We rejoice today that God is doing great things for us as we grow our international movement by ordaining 3 new women bishops: Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea, from Latin America, Mary Eileen Collingwood from the United States, and Michele Birch-Conery from Canada. Each of these women brings  unique spiritual gifts and diverse life experiences that […]

Presbítera católica a ser ordenada obispa en Filadelfia el 24 de septiembre durante la visita del Papa Francisco a los EE.UU.

De parte de: La Asociación de Presbíteras Católicas Romanas (ARCWP por sus siglas en inglés)  (Ver: www.arcwp.org) Las presbíteras están en pie por la justicia, cambiando la iglesia comunidad por comunidad. Estamos construyendo comunidades inclusivas donde todos son bienvenidos y todos son iguales.  La buena noticia es que el movimiento internacional de presbíteras ha crecido […]

Meet Our New Bishops-Elect

This past summer, members of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests made history as they voted and elected to ordain three new women bishops to walk along side our first bishop, Bridget Mary Meehan. Who are these awesome women? Mary Eileen Collingwood. She has served for over 40 years in church ministry. With an […]

Roman Catholic Women Bishops to be Ordained in Philadelphia on September 24th during US Visit of Pope Francis

Women Priests are rising up for justice, changing the church one community at a time. We are building inclusive communities of equals where justice is rising up for all people especially the poor, marginalized women and children worldwide and in the church. The good news is that the international women priests’ movement has grown from […]