LYNN KINLAN, A MEMBER OF THE UPPER ROOM INCLUSIVE CATHOLIC COMMUNITY, WILL BE ORDAINED A ROMAN CATHOLIC WOMAN PRIEST ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2018, AT THE FIRST UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST CHURCH AT 405 WASHINGTON AVENUE IN ALBANY AT 1:00PM.
Lynn Kinlan, area educator, and one of the pastoral leaders of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community at 916 Western Avenue, in Albany, NY , will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of the Association of Roman Catholic Woman Priests at 1:00 PM on Saturday, September 8 at the Unitarian Church located at 405 Washington Avenue in Albany, NY. Lynn is following in the footsteps of courageous women who are claiming their rightful place as equals in the Roman Catholic Church. In the words of Bridget Mary, ”We are leading the church, not leaving the church.”
Women priests are a major reform movement working for gender justice in inclusive communities like the Upper Room. In a recent letter to the editor appearing in the Albany Times Union, Rev. Mary Theresa Streck, a pastoral leader of the Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community wrote, Roman Catholic Church members are forming small, inclusive faith communities of support where all are welcome at the Eucharistic table. The Upper Room Inclusive Catholic Community in Albany is among the growing number of faith communities in the United States modeling a new church structure rooted in a theology of blessing. Pastoral ministers are women and men ordained through the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests. Change is happening at the ground level. Roman Catholics who still wish to be part of a prayerful community are encouraged to join with these smaller groups. It may be the only way the church will survive. This is a public ordination. All are welcome to attend.
Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests https://arcwp.org/
People’s Catholic Seminary https://pcseminary.org