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