Teresa Hanlon ordained Deacon for RCWP Canada
|Editor, Special to The Review | October 15, 2021
Teresa Joan Hanlon was
ordained deacon at Lethbridge, AB on October 14, 2021 before a
community of 40 in person and 90 on live-streaming.
According to ordaining Bishop Jane Kryzanowski, bishop for Roman Catholic Women Priests Canada,
"It is in
the company of St. Teresa of Avila, a woman of courage and faith who
walked the path of discipleship even in the face of great opposition,
that we now ordain her namesake, Teresa Elder Hanlon, to the Order of
"RCWP Canada is part of a worldwide movement whose vision
is a new model of ordained ministry within a renewed Roman Catholic
Church," Bishop Jane stated.
Canada Bishop's Message
Ordination of Teresa Joan Hanlon to the Order of Deacon
long time ago, I was told that questions are always a good way to get
someone thinking. We are all familiar with the five “W’s”: who, what,
when, where, why? Here are two questions for tonight: Why are we here?
and What is the meaning of our being here?
We are here to ordain Teresa as Deacon according to the Rite of the Roman Catholic Church.
is the mission of Roman Catholic Women Priests to prepare, ordain, and
support primarily qualified women from all states of life who are
committed to an inclusive model of Church, and who are called by the
Holy Spirit and their communities of faith to minister to the People of
Roman Catholic Women Priests we believe that God can and does call
women, to ordained ministry in the Church even though Cannon Law #1024
says that only a man can receive sacred orders. We believe God/de’s
call supersedes man’s law.
response to the second question: What is the meaning of our being here
today? We find meaning for our action in the rich image of the vine and
branches we have in the Gospel for our liturgy today, the Vigil of the
Feast of St. Teresa of Avila.
familiar with successful vineyards in First-Century Palestine would have
appreciated its significance more than we might. There are three
features this image holds out to us, as it did to the Johannine
community and which I believe St. Teresa understood.
first feature is that we have the invitation to an intimate love
relationship with Jesus and his Abba/Amma. Naming specific identities
(I am the vine, you are the branches, my Abba/Amma is the vine grower),
Jesus discloses to his disciples, on the eve of his death, that through
dwelling in him, his return to the Abba/Amma will draw them into his
own indwelling reciprocal love. To “remain in” or “abide” in Christ’s
love is a communio dei, an
intimate relationship of oneness which is as inseparable as flames of
fire from one source or currents flowing in river or ocean.
own committed life rises up from this abiding intimacy and is the model
for the disciple’s fruitfulness as branches. The setting of the time
before his death, reveals to the Johannine community that this communio is more than being one with the Trinity in the resurrected life. Participation in this communio is also here and now through the gift of the indwelling Spirit – abiding wisdom, fire of love.
second feature is that there is a co-mingled relationship within the
community represented in the intertwining branches. Branches and vine
are so intimately connected that energy flows at the cellular level and
generates new life rooted in love. It is hard to distinguish the path
of growth of one branch from another on a healthy vine.
the Johannine understanding of the Christian community it is living
LOVE that flows equally in each of the disciples that enables the
community to thrive. There is no superiority or hierarchy among the
branches. The only distinction that one can make would be between the
branches that bear fruit and those that do not. Distinctions made on
the basis of power, position, or gender are foreign to Johannine
a well tended vineyard, branches are “pruned” not to separate them from
the vine, but to enable them to be productive. It can take place in a
variety of forms: guiding one branch with a support, lifting another to
a spot of sunlight, freeing another from entanglement. Whatever a
branch needs is done with loving, careful tending only by the vine
grower, the Abba/Amma. Pruning is all about helping each branch become
its best self so that together all of the branches will contribute to
an abundant harvest.
The Third feature is that both the intimate communio dei
with Jesus and his Abba/Amma, and the reciprocal intertwining of the
branches are pre-requisites for effectively proclaiming the Word of
God/de to those who would also believe.
mission of the disciples is to build up an egalitarian community of
partners and friends in a covenant relationship between Abba/Amma,
Jesus and a Spirit filled community which upholds justice, equality,
and peace, which simultaneously reveals the unending and forever
abiding glory or presence of God/de.
is the new vineyard of YHWH of which the prophets speak. This is the
dream the Apostle Paul expresses in the Letter to the Romans where the
whole of creation is groaning to bring to reality and wholeness the
Divine dream of incarnation.
imagines a new world, a world where the Spirit, portrayed as being at
the side of the Creator “in the beginning” when the Word/Wisdom was
uttered, is the rule of the land, where liberation can happen, where
creative energy can flow and things can be made new, where the unity of
mind and heart are valued over uniformity to arbitrarily established
rules, where the love of God/de binds us in oneness, acceptance is
offered, and where hope is real.
is the vision of Johannine discipleship. It transcends the dichotomy
traditionally attributed to one’s being and one’s doing. One’s deeds
are manifestations of one’s true being, as was manifested in Jesus’s
life. He was LIVING LOVE.
St. Teresa of Avila spirituality was inclusive and wholistic, not
dualistic. The path to holiness was a life where love of God and love
of neighbour were intertwined and the intimacy of the contemplative
life was the foundation of the life of service.
mystical experiences were not understood by a highly dualistic
mentality in a male dominated church of her time. Under the scrutiny
and terror of the Great Inquisition, she was at constant risk for her
unorthodox views. Her prayer, Nada Turbe, was perhaps a prayer for herself as well as for those she counseled.
Let nothing disturb you.
Let nothing frighten you.
All things pass away.
God alone never changes.
the spirit of the prophet in the first reading who vows to keep talking
and preaching and proclaiming until God does what God has promised to
do: “restore Jerusalem, and make this holy mountain a crown of glory
and song of praise to God,” St. Teresa did not quit writing about her
mystical experiences and laid out for us the path of holiness. Her
teachings continue to inspire and guide us.
Word of God we heard tonight undergirds the fundamental principles and
values of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Our vision is a new model of
ordained ministry within a renewed Roman Catholic Church. Our values
are learned from the intertwined branches whose life and energy comes
from the vine of the Christ.
priesthood and diaconate are rooted in our Baptism and the authority of
sacred scripture and tradition. It is Divine love that calls us,
grounds us and fills us. Our ministry is sustained by a reflective,
contemplative and prayerful lifestyle. Attentive to the voice of God,
we seek to read the signs of the times and, in prophetic obedience, to
follow where Holy Wisdom leads us, both individually and as a community.
the intertwined branches, we commit ourselves to a discipleship of
equals, rejecting all forms of domination and control. We renounce
clericalism, and all forms of discrimination. We strive to live as
communities of justice, inclusivity and diversity. Like branches
tenderly cared for to bear much fruit, our model encourages empowerment
and generous service. We value ecumenical and multi-faith partnerships
as part of building together toward the unity for which Jesus prayed.
is in the company of St. Teresa of Avila, a woman of courage and faith
who faithfully walked the path of discipleship even in the face of
great opposition, that we now ordain her namesake, Teresa Elder Hanlon,
to the Order of Deacon.
Kryzanowski, Regina, SK
is bishop for RCWP Canada]
of Norwich: Wisdom in a Time of Pandemic – and Beyond by Matthew Fox (iUniverse)
Book cover photo
Book review by
“All will be well, and all will be well, and every kind of thing shall
be well” -- Julian of Norwich (1342-ca.1429)
I thoroughly enjoyed (BTW the word enjoy was invented by Julian) this
book and will no doubt return to it for continued inspiration. Matthew
Fox introduces us to a wise, intelligent, confident, courageous yet
Julian was a woman whose faith in God and the goodness of life,
[Mother] nature and humanity never wavered even though she lived her
entire life during the Black Death pandemic. Up to 50% of the
population in Europe died in wave after wave that lasted close to one
hundred years. She was 30 years old when she became gravely sick and
encountered Christ- the-Mother in a near death experience. She spent
the rest of her life contemplating and writing about her visions.
Fox explores Julian’s worldview of panentheism and her relationship
with the Divine Feminine. He also explores Julian’s creation
spirituality tradition that is firmly rooted in the biblical wisdom
tradition where we find the historical Jesus.
Julian’s creation spirituality was not well received in her day as it
was a time of pessimism and of blaming nature for the pandemic. Her
encounter with Christ- the-Mother certainly was at odds with the
patriarchal mindset of her day and which persists to this day.
Julian reflected on her visions for many decades and she realized that
they had many layers of meaning that could not be mined all at once.
One of the things she learned was the importance of doing one’s own
inner work. In one of many gold nuggets I found, she says, "I was
remined too that I must not focus on the imperfections of others but
instead take responsibility for my own."
Julian came to realize that her visions were not meant just for herself
but for humanity as a whole. This was not a popular notion during the
Black Death as people were looking to scapegoat others. They were
blaming ‘Jews’ for the plague and many Jewish people fled England
during that time. Julian took a very powerful pollical stand against
such scapegoating. She also rejected the notion that personal
sins were to blame for the pandemic. It was during this time that
flagellants became popular. She taught that our mistakes can often lead
to some greater good and that sin is overrated.
Fox believes Julian’s theology and spirituality have much to teach us
about some of the issues we face today. Issues such as; pandemic,
climate change, sexism, misogyny, matricide, and patriarchy.
Julian of Norwich was a mystic, theologian, feminist, spiritual
director, anchoress, and prophet all rolled up in one simple lady. Her
understanding of life, herself and God was truly wholistic, which is
what attracts me to her. It seems that she was not divided within
herself even though the outer world she lived in appeared to be
extremely divided. How blessed are we to have such a prophet with us
today! She encourages us to move forward with confidence in ourselves
and faith in God who unites all creation in Her love.
Sherwood Park, AB, is a frequent contributor to The Review.]
is a task for us all
Joe Gunn, omilacombe.ca | September 2021
the context of residential schools in Canada, Catholics are challenged
to find Christ in the suffering of Indigenous peoples today. By
listening, embracing their wisdom, and once again becoming their
colleagues in changing colonial structures of oppression, this moment
of crisis could become a moment of grace for us all.
Read More on page 15
of Oblate Spirit, a publication of the Oblate Mission office
Gunn is the Executive Director/Directeur general of
Centre Oblate – A Voice for Justice]
|St. Teresa of
-- Interview with
St. Teresa School
In this video presentation, Mirabai Starr explores St. Teresa's views
on contemplative practice, service, leading change as a woman, and
helping all people find liberation. This is a chance to celebrate on
her feast day (October 15th) a great woman mystic through one of her
most eloquent contemporary interpreters.
Called to Contribute: Findings from an In-depth Interview Study of US
Catholic Women and the Diaconate
Sharing the findings
from an in-depth study conducted this year of US Catholic Women and the
lead researcher is University of Notre Dame sociologist Tricia Bruce,
PhD, who found that Catholic women feel called into service,
constrained by barriers to ordination and service reserved for men in
the Church, must adapt creatively to do “de facto deacon” ministry
anyway, and contribute in ways that uphold the very foundations of the
local and global Catholicism.
Read the executive
Download the full
Bishop ordained for U.S. Great Waters Region
Editor, Special to The Review | October 15,
Keldermans was ordained bishop on September 4, 2021 in Springfield,
IL. She will serve the Great Waters Region of RCWP-USA.
bishops were Andrea Johnson from Annapolis, Maryland; Nancy Meyer from
Brownsburg, Indiana; Suzanne Thiel from Portland, Oregon; and Joan Houk
from South Bend, Indiana was presiding bishop.
ordination video (2 hours)
Diocese of Islands and Inlets ordains four deacons
Diocesan Website, bc.anglican.ca | September 12, 2021
Anna Greenwood-Lee ordained three women and one man to the sacred order
of deacon at Christ Church Cathedral, Victoria, BC on September 12,
Ordained to the
diaconate were Marion Edmondson, Colleen Lissamer, John Thatamanil, and
ordination video (1 h 47 m)
Olivia Diehl to be ordained priest to serve in the Philippines
Editor, Special to The Review | October 15, 2020
Sunday Olivia Diehl will be ordained to the priesthood at the Hildegard
Haus, Fairport Harbor, OH. Many will be joining via zoom.
Bishop Phil Belzunce will be the ordaining bishop here in person.
Diehl is a member of RCWP Europe. Following her ordination, she
will be returning to the Philippines in 2022 to form a community in her
The Mass will include beautiful traditional Filipino music and prayers.
Future woman priest 'Father Anne' blames God for leading her towards ordination
Jeannine M. Pitas, ncronline.org | October 14, 2021
Tropeano, whose use of the moniker "Father Anne" has helped attract
wide media coverage of her coming October 16, 2021 ordination ceremony,
portrays her choice as part of a long spiritual journey. "God is
calling me to be ordained in the Roman Catholic tradition and to work
for justice," she said.
‘We were the first ones’ — the
faith of Native American (U.S.) Catholics
Joe Slama, pillarcatholic.com | October 5, 2021
U.S. bishops’ conference approved in June a plan to draft a
comprehensive vision statement on Native American and Alaskan Native
The statement will
be produced by the conference subcommittee on Native American affairs.
there are more than 700,000 Native American Catholics in the United
States, their communities are mostly unfamiliar to other Catholics.
do Native American Catholic communities really look like? And what do
Native American Catholic leaders think “Native American ministry”
should actually entail?
does the Church expect to attain consensus when over half of the
population of the faithful are disenfranchised -- shades of the Taliban
Steven Lanoux, Special to The Review | September
[wife of the author] and I have suffered through decades of
frustrations with clericalism, cover-up of criminality by all levels of
Church hierarchy, corruption without consequence, sanctioned
intolerance, overt discrimination against almost every sector of
society except the male clergy, and a dismal failure to connect with
the youth of the world. The Church is in a failure mode and
refuses to either acknowledge it or to even attempt to do anything
substantive about it. Pretty robes and predictable rituals and
incense do not impress those of us seeking integrity and respect and a
"practice what you preach" clergy. What we do see all too clearly
are the needs to subjugate the faithful and to keep the Church's hands
in our wallets as means to survival.
latest insult was in an Associated Press article published by The
Brownsville [Texas] Herald-Tribune yesterday (Title: "The Vatican won't
say if women can vote in 2023 meeting"). Maltese Cardinal Mario
Grech, refused to say.
Grech stressed that women could and should participate in the diocesan
levels of consultation, and that the aim was consensus.
'This attention to
the vote doesn’t leave me serene,' he told reporters. 'It’s not the
vote that counts.' "
were infuriated! Just how does the Church expect to attain
consensus when over half of the population of the faithful are
disenfranchised and have no say? The vote DOES count! Look
what this nation is going through with Republican efforts to suppress
voting in the U.S.
And then Deli asked
me this, "And just how is the Church different from the Taliban?"
Oh my! What an insight.
Lanoux, Brownsville, TX is a frequent contributor to The Review.]
all-encompassing power of the magisterium some days seems to exist
purely to try to limit the power of the Spirit
Special to The
Review | October 15, 2021
Stick and carrot
firmly in hand, the Lectionary offerings for the 26th Sunday in
Ordinary Time try, in as strident language as can be mustered, to
convince us of the equal dignity of all people before God. Moses
first, then Jesus some 1400 years later, both proclaim that the Spirit
is for all. But 2000 years after the crucifixion, the
resurrection, and the inbreaking of the Spirit at Pentecost, are we
Brockville, ON, is author of Women Priests -- Answering the Call, available in
the Downloadable Books section of The Review]
Listening to the
Faithful: Vatican releases Synod Preparatory Document
Salvatore Cernuzio, press.vatican.va
| October 15, 2021
Listening without prejudice; speaking out with courage and parrhesia;
dialoguing with the Church, with society, and with the other Christian
The General Secretariat for the Synod has published the Preparatory
Document, along with a Vademecum (or handbook) to indicate the guiding
principles that will direct the path of the Synod on Synodality.
The solemn opening of the Synod took place in Rome on October
9-10. In the particular Churches the opening will take place on
October 17. The Synod will conclude in the Vatican in 2023 with
the assembly of bishops from around the world.
Reflections and Homilies on the
Sunday Readings of the Revised Common Lectionary
Reflections and homilies from the following sources:
|Reflections on the Sunday Readings by Susan Roll
Reflections by David Jackson
God's Word, Many Voices
Catholic Women Preach
Richard Rohr Daily Meditations
The Sunday Website of Saint Louis University
Homilies by Donald Senior
|Sunday Homilies for Progressives
Pope Francis' Homilies
Scripture for Life