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torsdag, maj 17, 2007
Prästvigning av kvinnor i Kanada - press release
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PRESS RELEASE by The Roman Catholic Womenpriests Movement, Canada

In Toronto on May 27, 2007, three women will be ordained as Roman Catholic priests by bishop Patricia Fresen of Germany.

Patricia Fresen, originally from South Africa where she was a nun for 45 years, is presently the international Program Coordinator of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests movement based in Germany. She was ordained a bishop in 2005 by an active Roman Catholic bishop in good standing.

This is the first ordination ceremony of the RCWP movement to take place on land in a church. All other public ceremonies have taken place on boats, usually in international waters, to avoid jurisdictional conflict with diocesan bishops. Also, for the first time in North America, a man will be ordained in a public ceremony in the RCWP movement.

This movement is making history in the Roman Catholic Church. It was born in 2002 and already there are 14 women priests in the U.S. and one in Canada, Michele Birch Conery of Parksville, BC. Also, there are over 100 candidates in training worldwide. At the Toronto ceremony, Marie Bouclin, from Sudbury, Ontario, and two other women from the U.S. will be ordained to the priesthood. Three others will be ordained as deacons at the same ceremony, one from the U.S. and two from Canada, Monica Kilburn-Smith of Calgary and Jim Lauder of Victoria, BC.

The movement is also maturing. The first ordinations that took place on the Danube in 2002 were designed to protest an unjust, discriminatory law of the Roman Catholic Church, namely, that women were denied access to ordained ministry. Now the movement wants to model another way of being Christian in the Roman Catholic tradition, a way that is more in keeping with what Jesus taught and lived.

As the church where the ordinations will take place is very small, attendance at the ceremony is by invitation. A press conference for radio and print media will follow the ordination ceremony. Exclusive television rights have been given to Vision TV.

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