Witness for Women’s Ordination-Albany

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.

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Albany Call to Action: Join us for our Witness for Women Ordination Day June 18


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.

Catholic men and women join to ask the Diocese of Albany to build “A Church for Our Daughters”.

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.


Upstate Thruway Tour: Learn more about the Synod and Amoris Laetitia (‘The Joy of Love’)

Coming soon to Upstate NY CTA! Our Spring 2016 Thruway Tour with Deborah Rose-Milavec, Exec. Dir. of FutureChurch, who traveled to Rome to witness Synod discussions and provide input to the participants.

What Kind of Church Will We Be?  The Synod on the Family and Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (The Joy of Love)


  • Rochester: Monday April 25
  • Syracuse: Tuesday April 26
  • Albany: Wednesday April 27
  • Buffalo: Thursday April 28

More info to come.

Meanwhile: from NCR