Roman Catholic Women Priests
|Early RCWP History
Roman Catholic Women Priests is a renewal movement within the Roman
Catholic Church that began in Germany with the ordination of seven
women on the Danube River in 2002.
In 2003, Gisela Forster
and Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger (two of the original Danube 7) were
ordained bishops and in 2005 Patricia Fresen of South Africa was also
ordained a bishop. Women
Bishops ordained in Apostolic Succession continue to carry on the work
of ordaining women in the Roman Catholic Church.
2007, women have been ordained in the USA, Europe, Canada, South
America, and South Africa; and, in 2017, the first Chinese woman was
ordained. Womenpriests are ministering in over 34 states
Click here for a detailed history of the
international Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement.
Until RCWP Canada had a Canadian resident bishop, Bishop Patricia
Fresen of Germany conducted ordinations of Canadians.
here for a 15-minute video tribute to Bishop Fresen on the occasion of
her 80th birthday, including a short history of the women's ordination
movement and Bishop Fresen's contribution to it.
first Canadian woman to be ordanined to the priesthood, Michele Birch
Conery, was ordained on the St. Lawrence River in 2005. In
at the first ordination to be held on land, Marie Evans Bouclin was
ordained to the priesthood. Monica Kilburn Smith and James
were ordained to the priesthood in 2008. In 2010, Kim
Rose Mewhort and Linda Spear were ordained to the priesthood.
2011, Marie Bouclin was ordained bishop for Canada in a liturgy held
near Stuttgart, Germany. Co-presiding bishops were Patricia
Fresen, Gisela Forster, Ida Raming, Joan Houk, Andrea Johnson and
Regina Nicolosi. Since then, Marie has ordained to the
Roberta Fuller (2011), Ruth Wasylenko (2012), Victoria Marie (2012),
and Catherine O’Connor (2013). In 2013, Marie welcomed into
Canada two former Anglican priests, Carol and Ray Canton.
Subsequent ordinations are: Jane Kryzanowski (2015), R. Roth (2016),
and Patricia Cook (2016).
Canada members who attended the Women's Ordination Worldwide conference
in Philadephia, PA in September 2015 were Danielle
Pellerin, Felix Kryzanowski, Jane Kryzanowski, and Marie Bouclin.
In 2016, members of RCWP Canada developed and
ratified a new constitution.
Marie Bouclin and Jane Kryzanowski, both priests of RCWP Canada,
concelebrated the funeral liturgy of one of our own at Trinity
Funeral Chapel, Edmonton. Ruth Wasylenko, who celebrated
five years of priesthood within RCWP Canada died
Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017.
with Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, Marie Bouclin and
Roberta Fuller of RCWP Canada attended and presented at the Parliament
of World Religions conference in Toronto in November 2018.
July 21, 2018, in Calgary, AB, on the eve of the feast of St. Mary of
Kryzanowki of Regina was ordained bishop for RCWP Canada.
bishops were retiring bishop Marie Bouclin of Sudbury, ON; Joan Houk of
South Bend, IN; Nancy Meyer of Brownsburg, IN; Jane Via of San Diego,
CA; Michele Birch-Conery of Windsor, ON.
behalf of RCWP Canada, Jane Kryzanowski, in February 2019,
attended the funeral of RCWP-USA bishop Regina Nicolosi in Ladera
In May 2019, in Pickering, ON, Bishop Jane Kryzanowski ordained a
priest with catacomb status.
Wellesley, MA in June 2019, Felix Kryzanowski and Jane Kryzanowski, an
ordaining bishop, represented RCWP Canada and participated in the
ordination of Jean Marchant, bishop for the Eastern Region of RCWP-USA.
October 2019, RCWP Canada sent a delegate to the Women's Ordination
Worldwide steering committee meeting in Lisbon, Portugal.
the founding of RCWP Canada, Marie Bouclin was on the WOW steering
committee which organized the 2005 WOW conference in Ottawa, ON.
In 2020, members of RCWP Canada reviewed and revised the
As the pandemic, Covid-19, edured during 2020-21,
priests of RCWP Canada offered the Eucharist on Zoom for
communities and many others who joined in. This outreach service
came via Zoom from the following local communities: Our Lady of
Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC; St. Brigid of Kildare
Catholic Faith Community, Calgary, AB; Mary of Magdala Inclusive
Catholic Community, Regina, SK; Sourdough Faith Community, Sudbury, ON;
and St. Mary Magdalene, The First Apostle Catholic Faith Community,
Canada now has ordained priests in British Columbia, Alberta,
Ontario, and Quebec. Associates,
non-ordained persons who
members of RCWP Canada, are located in British Columbia, Alberta,
Saskatchewan and Ontario. All members of RCWP Canada assist
the work of preparing,
supporting, and ordaining those who are called by the Holy Spirit and
their local communities to a new model of Roman Catholic priesthood and
directory of all members of RCWP Canada click here.