Ordination Celebration at Albany Inclusive Catholic Community 6/27/2015

Ordination of Kathleen Ruth Ryan as Priest and, Kim Panero, Edmund John and Phoebe Joan as deacons

Bridget Mary Meehan, ARCWP, joined members of the Inclusive Catholic Community of the NYS Capital Region to celebrate the ordination of one of their members as priest and three others as deacons.

Read Bridget Mary Meehan’s homily and view more photos at


Witnessing for Women’s Ordination

Western NY CTA members gathered for an Ordination March on Saturday, June 6, in front of the Cathedral as three priests were ordained.

image003 We had eight of us marching outside St. Joseph’s Cathedral in downtown Buffalo on Saturday morning, prior to the ordination Mass. We greeted all comers pleasantly and had a wide gamut of responses – many encouraging remarks, high five’s and thumbs up, but also some negative comments, either saying WO will never happen, or calling us disgraceful, etc.

Overall, I’d say more positive than negative. The fact that one of the ordinands is from Africa produced the most puzzling negative when one woman told us that we were only doing this because a black person was being ordained…. I’m prepared for disagreements with our cause on many fronts – but this one left me very puzzled.

The full entrance procession passed by all of us on the way into the Cathedral. At least one us reported receiving a “Good Morning” from the bishop.

Here’s a link to the story that was in the City section of today’s Buffalo News. In the print edition there is a picture of Lucille carrying some of our signs.


I think it was a good day.

On the same day the Rochester Ordain Women Movement (ROWM) provided a Witness for Women’s Ordination outside the Cathedral in Rochester as Deacons were ordained.


Bishop Salvatore Matano and retired Bishop Matthew Clark presided at the Diaconate ordination this morning. We were there before Mass and after Mass.

I tried photo bombing a photo being taken of the two bishops and four new deacons but was quickly escorted off the steps to the public sidewalk. It created a little excitement.

I exchanged greetings and hugs with quite a few familiar faces ….priests, nuns, deacons, friends who were supportive of us and met some new faces who expressed their thanks for our being there.

We received lots of positives but also some anger and some “in your face” from two women (sad to say). We were called unchristian, no class, go to another church, ruining the day for the deacons,….the usual stuff. After mass a young woman from the neighborhood joined me. It was great to have a young person there.

Save the date:  June 20 for a priest ordination.



Safehorizon Petition: Please let Albany Know You Want CVA to be NY Law

markeyDear Friends: We had a very productive day in Albany this week as supporters of the Child Victims Act (A2872-S63) came to meet with legislators to urge them to support my bill to remove the statute of limitations for child sex abuse crimes in New York State. Regrettably, our state ranks among the very worst in all of America for how it treats victims of childhood sexual abuse.  The Child Victims Act will completely eliminate the statute of limitations for these crimes and provides a one year suspension of the civil SOL’s to make it possible for older victims to get justice. Senators and Assembly members need to hear from you that you support this legislation. Please follow the link to connect to the on-line petition that has been created to help you express your views.   Our thanks to Safe Horizon for creating this public service



Assemblywoman Margaret Markey




Help Pass the Child Victims Act

A pending New York State bill known as the Child Victims Act (A.2872/S.63) will help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse obtain justice in civil and/or criminal court proceedings, and in so doing will help expose offenders who prey on our youngest neighbors.

Specifically, the bill will eliminate the statute of limitations for additional felony-level sex crimes against children, and will create a one-year “window” to allow adult survivors to bring civil charges against their offenders. Currently, adult survivors are prohibited from seeking justice once they turn 24 years old.

Safe Horizon supports the Child Victims Act because we firmly believe that those who prey on children should not simply be able to run out the clock when it comes to facing justice. This legislation will help protect future generations of children by unmasking pedophiles who have evaded exposure and holding organizations and institutions accountable for covering up their offenses.