Friday, March 18, 2011

Press Release Ordination to Diaconate Sarasota, FL

Release date: March 18, 2011
Contact: Janice Sevre-Duszynska at 859-684-4247,
Bridget Mary Meehan, 941-955-2313, 703-505-0004,
See  Press Conference Information below.
On Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 3:00 p.m., Diane Dougherty of Newnan, Georgia; Dr. Adele Decker Jones of San Antonio, Texas; Miriam (Mary Ann) Picconi and Wanda Y. Russell of Palm Coast, Florida will be ordained deacons.  The presiding bishop will be Bridget Mary Meehan.  The ceremony will take place at St. Andrew UCC at 6908 Beneva Rd., Sarasota, FL 34238.

The ordinands are theologically prepared and have many years of experience in ministry.

The Women Priests movement in the Roman Catholic Church advocates a new model of priestly ministry united with the people with whom we minister.  We stand in prophetic obedience to Jesus who calls women and men to be disciples and equals.  The movement began with the ordination of seven women on the Danube in 2002.  Today there are over 124 in the movement worldwide.

The unique focus of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests is on justice and equality:

1. We seek equality for women in the church including ordination, and justice for all.
2. We serve the poor and marginalized.
3. We live the spiritual and social justice tradition of the church in inclusive communities of equals.

As part of a U.S. tour, Dr. Patricia Fresen, a Roman Catholic Woman Bishop and internationally known speaker, will give a talk (“Transformed by Compassion”), on April 9, 2011 at 4 p.m. at St. Andrew UCC.  Contact Bridget Mary.

“Pink Smoke Over the Vatican,” the award winning documentary film about the ordination of Roman Catholic Women Priests, will be shown on April 30 at 3:30 p.m., at St. Andrew UCC.  Contact Bridget Mary.

Media are invited to a pre-ordination press conference with the candidates and Bridget Mary Meehan at 1 p.m. on April 2 at St. Andrew's.  For questions regarding the press conference call Janice at 859-684-4247 or Bridget Mary at 941-955-2313, 703-505-0004.  For information from the candidates contact Diane at 770-683-8101, Dr. Jones at 210-694-2304,  Miriam at 502-321-6817, and Wanda at 502-320-6814,

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