In just a few days, NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus will be visiting your area on our journey to the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In an election year, it’s crucial that our message to Mend the Gaps in income and wealth inequality in our nation be heard and heeded. We hope you’ll join us in New York!
Site Visit Wednesday, July 20
St. Joseph’s Neighborhood Center
417 South Ave
Rochester, NY 14620
Caucus to Mend the Gaps
Wednesday, July 20
Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School
(in the Refectory)
1100 S Goodman Street Rochester, NY 14620
Thursday, July 21
New York State Capitol
West Capitol Park
Albany, NY 12210
Our goal is to bring a politics of inclusion to divided places, change the conversation to mending the vast economic and social divides in our country, and counter political incivility with our message of inclusion.
Take the Pledge: Tell your policymakers that you are committed to Mend the Gaps and they should be too.
Fuel our work: Make a special gift to NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus today.
See you there,
Sister Simone Campbell
P.S. We’re sending these announcements to everyone in a state with a bus event or within two hours of an event — which means you may end up receiving more than one email. We’re sorry for any inconvenience, but wanted you to know about all our stops near you.
CTA members and friends of the Capital District are invited to Celebrate the feast of Mary Magdalene as we join with the Upper Room Community in Troy this year.
This year the Upper Room Community will prepare the Mary of Magdala celebration. We will begin our celebration at 7:00pm. at the Upper Room in Troy, NY. For this celebration, wear a colorful stole or scarf and we will celebrate Eucharist together.
The Upper Room is located next to Brown’s Brewery. (map) Some of you may want to meet before or after for dinner.
Call to Action members and other Capital Region residents stood silently across from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception as priests of the diocese, Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard and Bishop Edward Scharfenberger entered to ordain four young men to the priesthood, Saturday, June 18th.
Witness signs are visible in lower right and left corners.
The priests entering the cathedral saw our signs.
They seemed happy to see us. Some even waved.And we waved back.
Even Bishop Scharfenberger took a look at us and our signs.
A CHURCH FOR OUR DAUGHTERS: WITNESS FOR WOMEN’S ORDINATION
Call to Action -Capital District, a progressive Roman Catholic community that educates, inspires and activates Catholics to act for justice and build inclusive communities, will hold a witness for Women’s Ordination on Saturday, June 18th at 10AM across from the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, corner of Madison and Eagle Street, Albany. This witness is before the 11AM ordination service at the Cathedral for four priests by the Roman Catholic Diocese.
The witness is a prophetic call for the Catholic Church to fully recognize the gifts of women in the Church and reverse the refusal of the Church to recognize the movement of the Holy Spirit in leading both men and women to priestly ordination. This refusal has contributed to the sharp increase in the number of young Catholic women who have recently left the Church.
In light of Pope Francis’ recent call to study whether women could be ordained as deacons, we call on the Albany Diocese to open up a dialogue with laity and clergy to discuss women’s roles in the Church including priestly ordination. This is consistent with the spirit of Pope Francis’ papacy of opening up the Church and the Vatican II ecumenical council which envisioned the Church as the People of God.
Who: All Call to Action members and friends
What: A respectful witness with signs to bring attention locally to the need for our Church to open its doors to women as equals. Bring signs, help us to hold up our banners.
When: On Ordination Day, June 18, 2016 from 10:00am to 11:00am.
Where: On the sidewalk opposite the front doors of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception at the corner of Eagle St. and Madison Ave. in Downtown Albany.
Friends, Yesterday, I protested the exclusion of women from the RC priesthood at the Cathedral here in Rochester. It was an interesting day as always. Unlike last week, the Bishop made sure to bless me this time (or exorcise me ￼). The main doors to the Cathedral are made of wood with glass panels and the clergy line up along these doors. When the procession starts we protesters stand facing the doors with our signs making it easy for clergy to see our signs as they are on the move. Today I stood alone in front of the back door. It’s surprising how many of the clergy wave in support. The Bishop, who is always the last to process in, made a deliberate stop to let me know he saw me, then blessed me. I didn’t respond at first but he kept on doing it, so I reciprocated. Strange! Unlike last week, when it was over, photos were not taken on the outside front steps of the Church. I heard that one of the reasons for this was that the Bishop didn’t want the focus to be on me. Apparently my photo appeared in some article. A nice elderly priest came prepared this time with a response to us. He handed me an index card with the following statement: “Jesus Christ did not exclude women from the Roman Catholic priesthood. He exempted them from the Priesthood. Mary is the creature of God the Father and the Mother of God the Son and The Spouse of the Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of all priests. (and he signed his name). Sigh. A young seminarian from the archdiocese of NYC (ordination in 2 years to priesthood) approached me at the end and we had a long conversation. Of course we agreed to disagree and shook hands before we parted ways and asked each other’s name . One of the things he said to me was that he didn’t know any or of any women who wanted to be priests. Sigh. Are they all this naive or uninformed??? Still it was good to have this conversation. I managed to get in Fr. Tony Flannery’s take on the matter: “The argument that a woman cannot be a minister because she cannot be ‘in persona Christi’ is such a ridiculous argument…that belongs to the time of the flat earth, when Galileo was persecuted.” (I paraphrased.) A very elderly priest told me you either believe the Holy Father or you don’t. I said the Pope is human and he cut me off and said, so you see, you don’t believe and he walked off. Two Hispanic priests were outside for a bit checking their cell phone and going over the program. One of them was very friendly and waved hello. I asked a bit later if he wanted to take my picture and he said yes. I like pictures of my sign because I hope they reach others. Always good to see people we know and who support our cause (that includes clergy). A friend of Spiritus Christi and frequent visitor with his wife, Fran Cardella, was there to support one of the young deacons in his parish who was being ordained a priest. He’s very supportive of our cause and took some of the photos displayed here. He’s pictured with me in one of the pics. I thought it was nice of the usher to come out and ask if I wanted water… it was a hot day. Both he and security staff were very nice to us this weekend and last. I received about 5 mean or insensitive remarks.. all from women. But we also got a lot of words and gestures of support from women, too. Two of the not-so-nice comments came from two women who, along with others, arrived at the event via shuttle. Good or bad, it’s great when you can help create awareness in people from out of town. Thank you, Judy K. and Jim H. for being there today. And way to go our friends in Buffalo and Syracuse for doing their own witness at local ordinations last weekend and this weekend.