ARCWP Ireland 2019 – The Journey

A Wrap Up…

St. Brigit

In 2019, Mary Theresa Streck and Bridget Mary Meehan traveled to Ireland Sept. 11-25. We did media interviews, a panel, two liturgies and had 5 meetings with various groups and individuals.

We had did advance communications with We Are Church Ireland. They promoted our events ‚Äď a panel discussion on Sept. 14th and a liturgy on Sept. 15th in Dublin.

September 11 – 12, 2019:

Bridget Mary was interviewed for the and a radio program. Over 12,000 readers viewed this article and there were 27 interesting comments about women priests and the Roman Catholic Church.

See article below:

September 13, 2019:

We met with Ana Bermingham Doran, who is discerning a vocation.

September 14, 2019:

Panel in Malddron Hotel at Dublin Airport

A diverse audience of twenty people from across Ireland including 2 nuns, a professor from Trinity and a seminary student from One Spirit, leaders of We Are Church Ireland attended our panel discussion. They expressed interest in sharing information with other women. One woman who is attending One Spirit Preparation Program expressed interest in ARCWP as a possible dual step.

There was an enthusiastic dialogue between Irish theologian Angela Hanley and us as well as the participants on our new model of inclusive and empowering leadership in the Church. General agreement that patriarchy is dead! Angela has now joined our movement as a Friend of ARCWP.

Myra Noonan, a student who completed a course on women in scripture with People’s Catholic Seminary, shared a testimony of the impact that our program which is interactive and online had on her. She promoted our educational ministry as a viable option for future studies and is now a facilitator for a new course on women leaders in Christianity which is based Irish Theologian Mary T. Malone’s book, The Elephant in the Church.

September 15, 2019:

At Liturgy at St. Andrew Community Center in Rialto, Dublin

15 in attendance; Amanda Dillon, a theologian from Trinity attended both panel and liturgy and leaders from We are Church Ireland were present. Colm Holmes, the spokesperson from We Are Church Ireland, expressed his support of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests as a significant movement for justice and equality in the Church.

See Liturgy below…

Sept. 16, 2019:

Moved to rental house on a rainy day. We have many beautiful days, weather wise and sharing with our new ARCWP friends community!

September 17, 2019

We Visited Solas Bhride Spirituality Center in Kildare.
Mary Theresa and I visited with Sister Mary and Sister Rita to investigate possibilities for use of one of Ireland‚Äôs most popular Catholic retreat/conference centers, Solas Bhride Spirituality Center. We submitted a request to hold a conference there next year. We also prayed at St. Brigid’s Well.

Sept. 18, 2019

We went to Mercy International Center, where Catherine McAuley founded the Mercy Sisters on Baggot Street in Dublin. There we met Margaret Roche, a newly ordained woman from One Spirit, and Gerry Lococo and her friend Kelly who are on tour in Ireland. We had a great time learning about the history of the Mercies and were introduced to members of the Mercy Community who were in Dublin. So wonderful opportunities to share our movement with some who had never heard of us, and great news in this survey of Irish Catholics!

September 19, 2019:

Swords Ireland

Today we met with Tony McCarthaigh, a leader from Community of 72 who is a supporter of women priests and who has sponsored our Eucharistic Liturgies in Rialto, Dublin for 3 years.

Mary Theresa and I affirmed the white paper stating their purpose of being a Eucharistic Community, and supporting women called. We both joined the Community of 72 .

September 20, 2019:

Application for ARCWP to be recognized as a religious body in Ireland who can authorize solemnisers to do weddings. In order for a minister or priest to function in Ireland, one must be on this registry.

September 21, 2019:

Prepared for Home Liturgy and hospitality for Sunday Liturgy and meeting.

September 22, 2019:

House Liturgy with Women Interested in Women Priests. Four women attended: a chaplain, a Brigidine nun, two local woman leaders affliated with We Are Church and both are teachers.

September 23, 2019:

We met with Myra Noonan who has joined the faculty of People’s Catholic Seminary and will teach a new course on Visionary Women Leaders in Christianity.

Submitted by Mary Theresa Streck & Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP