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RCWP Canada Monthly Review -- August 2018 - 2

  • Roman Catholic Women Priests movement at it’s core a commitment to adopt the mind of Jesus the Christ
  • Dancing My Life, Dancing My God
  • Binding The Strong Man
  • Comments to the Editor
  • RCWP Canada Bishop's Message
  • Catholic Women Called - Elena Garcia
  • Catholic Women Preach now in podcast form
  • Other Media Coverage before and after Episcopal Ordination
  • Bishops committed to inclusivity and community in responses at public presentation
  • Episcopal Ordination Photo Gallery and Commentary
  • Free pdf down loadable books
  • First pastoral visits of new bishop
  • Francis, the comic strip

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RCWP Canada Bishop's Message

I'm back in Regina following the whirlwind of the past two weeks!  Today has been a day settling down and living with the question of "What on earth has happened?"

It will take me some time to put thoughts on paper about everything but I do hope, over time, to share some of my reflections. I hope to spend the next weeks connecting with you, pulling together the loose ends of the Retreat and Ordination, and cherishing and writing about some memories.

My first pastoral visit to our RCWP Canada priest, Vikki Marie and her community at Samaritan House (a Catholic Worker community) and Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonatzin, Vancouver, BC, was grace filled and especially poignant as it was the 6th Anniversary of her ordination.  Saturday afternoon we attended their book study along with sharing stories and goodies.  They are currently using the Spring issue of INTOTEMAK, Quest for Respect: The Church and Indigenous Spirituality, which contains a variety of articles and reflections on the subject. This Journal is published by the Mennonite Church of Canada and is one I recommend highly.

On Sunday afternoon we celebrated Eucharist and the Anointing of the Sick with Vikki and the community. Also of interest was that the Gospel of the day was about the "loaves and fishes" one that was especially meaningful to Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.

OLGT Community member, Jan, was most generous and gracious with her hospitality for my husband and me.  Besides housing and feeding us, she was 'one to hang on to' navigating the downtown bus system from the west side to the east side of Vancouver when we went to the Samaritan House for the book study, and also to the harbour front streetscape on Saturday night following the "Festival of Lights" fireworks. We held hands weaving our way among the throngs as they left the waterfront.  A friend of hers invited us to view the fireworks from his apartment a few blocks from hers which faces English Bay -- so we had box seating for a spectacular display.

We also had the opportunity to visit Karen, RCWP Canada Associate, and her family, availing ourselves of their hospitality on Friday night and again on Sunday night.  On Monday we celebrated the Baptism of their second child with a lovely community gathering of Karen's parents and the families of the godparents.  A lively and spirited group of people to embrace the newly baptized child as she finds her way of growth in the love of Abba God, the Christ, and Sophia.

I thank all for your prayerful presence, whether in person or spirit, during the recent events of the public presentation and the Episcopal Ordination held in Calgary, AB. I will do my best to live up to the trust placed in me.

With every grace and blessing,

[Jane Kryzanowski, Regina, SK, was ordained bishop for RCWP Canada, July 21, 2018]

Catholic Women Called - Elena Garcia

Catholic Women Called, Youtube video | August 3, 2018

In this week's Catholic Women Called series, Elena Garcia shares how her call deepens her sense of union with the Spirit and draws her to serve people on the margins.

Elena Garcia is a priest of ARCWP USA, serving Mary Mother of Jesus Catholic Community, Sarasota, Florida.]

Catholic Women Preach now in podcast form

Click on any of these for podcast:

and still on video and text -- click here.

Other Media Coverage before and after Episcopal Ordination

CBC Saskathewan Radio interview with Shauna Powers

CBC Saskatchewan News web article by Chelsea Laskowski

Star Metro, Calgary, article by Evan Radford

Toronto Star, Toronto, article by Evan Radford

News Talk 770 (CHQR) - Calgary - Global News, interview with Danielle Smith

Radio-Canada Saskatchewan
- L'animatrice Raluca Tomulescu en parle avec Marie Bouclin

Media Kit sent to 70 media outlets across Canada

Bishops committed to inclusivity and community in responses at public presentation

Wayne A. Holst, Colleagues List | July 29th, 2018

The evening before the episcopal ordination I attended a presentation at the University of Calgary in which three existing North American bishops - Nancy Meyer, Jane Via and Marie Bouclin - were interviewed and responded to the following three concerns:
  1. Why I'm still Roman Catholic
  2. My migration from exile to living the Gospel (and)
  3. What keeps me going
I sensed a profound desire to remain true to the essence of the Gospel, and a commitment to inclusivity and community in all of the responses. I also sensed these women were in it for the long haul, and were working on "tent-making" activities in the spirit of St. Paul, to support their ministries.
While the Roman Catholic Church is clearly hierarchical in structure, the model for their ministries was an early church form that was circular and "bottom-up" in nature.
The comments were intelligent, thoughtful, and grounded in much prayer and spiritual discipline. Their preaching and teaching styles were not confrontational but inclusive and inviting in nature. All of the speakers had had bad experiences in their past, but they were committed to respond with peaceful and resolute conviction in the spirit of Christ.
I was also impressed with their commitment to sound, contemporary ecumenical theology and spirituality.
A total of 267 woman-priests now serve in many nations, world-wide.
As in the past, I was impressed by the authenticity of their testimony.

[Wayne A. Holst is editor of Colleagues List, and welcomes subscribers.  Contact:]

Episcopal Ordination Photo Gallery and Commentary

Click her for photos and commentary relating to the Episcopal Ordination of Jane Kryzanowski as Bishop for RCWP Canada.

Free pdf downloadable books:

195 Reasons Why Women Should Be Ordained
       by Editor, RCWP Canada Monthly Review
Women Priests -- Following the Call
      by Catherine Cavanaugh

Gaudete et Exsultate
     by Pope Francis

Why Women Should Be Priests
     by Roy Bourgeois

First pastoral visits of new bishop

Vikki Marie, OLGT Community | July 29, 2018

The Vancouver Catholic Worker and the Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin (OLGT) Community were fortunate to be the first pastoral stops for the new bishop for Roman Catholic Women Priests (RCWP) Canada, Bishop Jane Kryzanowski.

Bishop Jane and husband Felix joined last Saturday's session of the OLGT study of the book, “Quest for Respect: The Church and Indigenous Spirituality.” The session was led by Sarah Bjorknas at the Vancouver Catholic Worker. It was filled with lively and meaningful discussion among the participants over potluck snacks. Conversation, socializing and snacks were enjoyed by all well past the allotted book study time.

Bishop Jane served as celebrant of the Eucharistic Liturgy for the OLGT Community on Sunday, July 29th, 2018. This was especially significant to the Community as this was the 6th anniversary of the priestly ordination of OLGT's priest/pastor, Victoria Marie. Bishop Jane included the Sacrament of Anointing in the liturgy. Four people were anointed including Vikki, who is currently recovering from major surgery. Mass was followed by socializing and snacks.

As a community, OLGT is grateful and so pleased to have had the opportunity to get to know Bishop Jane over these past two days. We thank our sister, Jan Constantinescu, for her hospitality in opening her home to Jane and Felix. We also send our prayers and congratulations to the Leedens, who hosted Bishop Jane for the first part and the last part of her Vancouver visit. Bishop Jane will be baptizing their daughter, Asha, on Monday.

Thank you to Bishop Jane and Felix for coming to visit us and thank you to the wider OLGT community for making her visit a welcoming and loving experience.

[Rev. Dr. Victoria Marie is priest/pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community, Vancouver, BC]

This Issue's Special

Roman Catholic Women Priests movement at it’s core a commitment to adopt the mind of Jesus the Christ

The laying on of hands
Marie Bouclin, RCWP Canada Bishop Emerita | July 21, 2018 

“Mary stood up and, addressing her brothers and sisters, said, ‘Do not weep and be distressed nor let your hearts be irresolute. For the grace (of Christ) will be with you all and will protect you’”.  I commend Jane for choosing a gospel reading from the Gospel of Mary, the Magdalene, for this celebration today, the vigil of her feast day. Mary Magdalene is both model and patron of women who accept a ministry of leadership, in prophetic obedience to Christ and the Holy Spirit.

We thank God for calling you to be the bishop for RCWP Canada, Jane, and as the church, companion disciples of Jesus and People of God, we thank you for answering that call.

Mary stood up. She greeted the disciples, and then invited them and us to use Paul’s words, to “be united in our convictions and united in our love with a common purpose and a common mind”. We too must stand up: for justice and equality and we must “be of the same mind as Christ Jesus”.

Our Roman Catholic Women Priests movement is at it’s very core, a commitment to adopt the mind of Jesus the Christ:
  • to follow Jesus where the Spirit of God leads us;
  • to provide a Christ-like model of leadership within our church;
  • to build communities of equal companions;
  • to empower one another so that together we explore and deepen our relationship with the Divine;
  • to be of the same mind as Christ Jesus is;
  • to do what Jesus tells us to do -- stand with the oppressed, reach out to the broken-hearted, feed the hungry, welcome refugees, free captives of all kinds, care for the sick and comfort those who mourn.

But we Roman Catholic Women Priests are also an instrument of reform and renewal within our church. And this means urging it forward, courageously forging ahead. It also means, as many of you heard last evening, migrating. We are on a migrational faith journey as a movement for reform within our Church, even if we’ve been marginalized by its authorities and deemed to have excluded ourselves.

As a movement, we are deeply aware of some “mind places” we have left behind.

First, we have had to move out of our comfort zone in a church that gave us moral and spiritual certainty, comforting rituals, and for many of us fulfilling and gratifying employment.  We seek a Christ-centered spirituality with new rituals still to be created. The future at times may look uncertain, but as we journey we are been blessed with the solidarity of a small and very diverse company of friends and supporters. We are truly grateful to you all.

We have also migrated from an institutional mindset that excludes women and LGBTQ2+ and divorced persons and all heretics (defined as those who think differently) to a community spirit which is inclusive and accepting of differences. This is symbolized in our all-are-welcome communion table.

We have migrated from imposed, infallible doctrine to asking questions and “doing” theology, liturgy and pastoral practice based on our Baptismal priesthood, our personal experience of life and prayer, and our listening  to voice of the Spirit speaking both within and through the People of God.

We have migrated from a narrow Roman Catholic Christianity to authentic ecumenism, finding support and learning from other Christian churches and their prophetic voices.

We have moved away from pyramids of governance based on descending domination to circles of leadership which strive to model transparency, accountability and collegiality.

We have moved from dogma to dialogue, engaging in conversation with people of other faiths or of no faith because we don’t preach about how to get to heaven but rather the Hebrew Tikum Olan or healing of this world, and we honour all wisdom paths because they too, to quote the book of Proverbs, “are blessed with insight and understanding.”  

You will have already noticed that we have migrated from all-male God-language, along with calcified and repetitious rituals, to inclusive language, re-discovered biblical metaphors and a multitude of ways of naming the Divine. We try to breathe life into our worship by making space for both silent reverence and joyous spontaneity.

We are also moving away from a religion of sacrifice and “suffering for” (called atonement theology) to a religion of gratitude, compassion, non-violence and “suffering with” (called Eucharistic theology), meaning a religion of thanksgiving.

To follow Jesus the Christ, we have let ourselves be instructed by Scripture scholars and liberation theologians and mystics and pastoral exemplars.

We have simply chosen – or more aptly, been chosen -- to put the Gospel of Jesus above Canon Law.

This is our call to prophetic obedience to Christ and the Spirit.

Of course we know that prophetic obedience comes at a price. Where Jesus has gone, we too must go. But rather than dwell on the risk of being badly treated by our church and deeply disappointed by its leadership, we put our trust in God whose Word reassures us: “With Wisdom your journey will be secure and your feet will not stumble. You will not be afraid.”

The gift our Women Priests’ movement is offering our church is to call upon  an institution  built on force and fear to become a community built on courage and hope.

Our mission as women priests and bishops within the church is to give hope because we believe the promise of Jesus to be with us always.

Today, with Jane as our spiritual leader, we re-commit to doing justice, loving tenderly and walking humbly with our God even as we wait in JOYFUL hope.

This is the day our God has made. Let us rejoice and be glad. AMEN!

[Homily given by presiding bishop, Marie Bouclin, on July 21, 2018, in Calgary, AB, on the eve of the feast of St. Mary of Magdala during the Eucharistic Celebration before the Episcopal Ordination of Jane Kryzanowki as bishop for RCWP Canada.]

Judith Pellerin's Dancing My Life, Dancing My God uses the metaphor of dance to describe how life can be lived joyously and with fulfillment.  The concept of dance as prayer, as communication between self and God, is introduced in an engaging and accepting way for those seeking to discover deeper meaning in their communion with the Divine. 
Balanceing information on the history of dance as Spirit-led communication with more personal anecdotes of the meaning of dance for people today, Dancing My Life, Dancing My God offers a starting place for discussion and discovery of dancing a Spirit-filled life.

[Judith Pellerin, Regina, SK. has given permission to serialize her book.  Click here to read up to and including Chapter 2.]


Radical Discipleship, | August 1, 2018

As we transition into the summer months of Ordinary Time, we are celebrating the 30th anniversary of Binding The Strong Man, Ched Myers’ extraordinary political reading of Mark’s Gospel

For each Sunday of the Ordinary Time, RCWP Canada Monthly Review will post links to Myers’ comments on the lectionary readings of the Sunday.]

10th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Binding the strong man - Jesus master metaphor

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Like a mustard seed

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Other Side

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Healing two daughters

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Strategies of a Subversive Movement

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Parody Exposing Power

16th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Sheep Without a Shepherd

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time - Theology in Pharoah’s Household

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time - The Battle for the Bible


Wow!  Perhaps best ever issue!! [RCWP Canada Monthly Review, August, 2018]

[Supportive Catholic, Saskatchewan]

While I was present in person to hear Jane's comments both at the end of the ordination ceremony and also at the banquet afterwards, I found myself reading these over and over again in this issue of RCWP Canada Monthly Review [August 2018]. They warmed my heart, and filled me with joy and with a deeper dedication to spread the "good news" of RCWP. Sometimes I feel as if we are preaching to the converted, and so I would encourage everyone who reads the monthly news to forward it to friends, family, pastors, bishops - - choose one or two articles and pass them on.

[Judith Pellerin, Regina, SK]

Thanks for being such a wise curator of information. This takes a lot of work and commitment. Thanks for bringing in academic relevance, and Spirit-filled articles. The Vatican's persistence in it's refusal to ordain women does not surprise me. Those who have power want to hold onto their power.


This past weekend, while on her trip to Vancouver, newly ordained RCWP Canada Bishop, Jane Kryzanowski, stayed with Karen and Austen and took the opportunity to preside over their second child’s Baptism and Blessing ceremony.

It was a beautiful event full of love and support from family and friends gathered together to embrace their young girl as she begins to find her way of growth in the love of Abba
God, the Christ and Sophia.

[Karen Leeden, RCWP Canada Associate, Burnaby, BC]

When I read this quote [RCWP Canada Monthly Review, August 2018]: 

"I wish to leave you with this familiar quote from Albert Camus:

Don't walk behind me; I may not lead.
Don't walk in front of me; I may not follow.
Just walk beside me and be my friend",

it reminded me of another quote.

It is said that on one of his Marches, Gandhi stopped to talk to some people.  The March went on.  He said: “There goes my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

Or another version:  “There go my people: I have to go and run and catch up because I am their leader.”

[David Jackson, Edinburg, TX]

What is your organization’s stand on divorced and remarried individuals becoming full congregants?


[Editor's note:  Part of our ministry is to be available to those who are marginalized by the Church.  We believe your conscience should discern whether you can become a full congregant of one of our faith communities.  For more information, please write to]

As a pretty regular reader of this site, it occurs to me that other readers may be interested in my latest blog post about my account of the campaign for the revival of ordination of female deacons in the Orthodox Church. I blog under the title, "What am I doing here?" about my experience in the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada (celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019). I know a deaconess is not a - heaven forbid - priest and the women recently "ordained" in Alexandria are probably only subdeaconesses but one lives in hope.

[Myrna Kostash, Edmonton]


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