From: Kathy Redig
I wanted to make your readers aware of some wonderful news for the Catholic church—the Roman Catholic Womenpriests ordained four very gifted women to the episcopate on April 19, 2009 in California! These women were called forth from their respective U. S. regions for servant leadership to their women being called to ordination within the Roman Catholic church.
The women are Andrea Michele Johnson of Annapolis, MD, Joan Mary Houk, of Wexford, PA, Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota, FL and Falls Church, VA, and Maria Regina Nicolosi, a Minnesota native, from Red Wing. Regina is a member of the Midwest Region of which I am part and our region includes eleven women who are priests, deacons and others who are in different stages of discernment along the path to priesthood.
Regina is very proud of her roots in the Rhineland of Germany. She was a teacher there before moving to the United States where she met her husband, Charles Nicolosi. She and Charles are the parents of four children and eight grandchildren. Regina has worked as a senior housing manager and as a nursing home chaplain. Currently, she celebrates Eucharist with small faith communities and has served as the program coordinator of the Midwest Region and in this role has prepared several women for priestly ordination.
Roman Catholic Womenpriests began ordaining women to the diaconate and the priesthood in 2002 with the ordination of seven women on the Danube River. Women ordained within this organization, contrary to what you hear from the official church hierarchy, are done so validly due to the fact that the original male bishop ordaining was in good standing with Rome, but for obvious reasons, has remained anonymous.
If you are interested in more information about Roman Catholic Womenpriests you can visit our website, www.romancatholicwomenpriests.org. If you have comments/questions, or would like to attend a Catholic church that is inclusive and welcoming to all, no exceptions, or if you are a woman called to priesthood, contact Kathy Redig, pastor of All Are One Catholic church, firstname.lastname@example.org or 507.429.3616.