All of you are the children of God, through faith, in Christ Jesus, since every one of you that has been baptized has been clothed in Christ. There can be neither Jew nor Greek, there can be neither slave nor free, there can be neither male nor female -- for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Galatians 3:26-28 


This is the highly recommended course to educate yourself about the history of systemic racism since the Civil War.  

This link takes you to the explanation about Yale free courses


Julian of Norwich, Revolutionary Medieval Mystic

Revolutionary medieval mystic Julian of Norwich penned what's thought to be the first book in English written by a woman. She dared to suggest that God was both father and mother. Professor Sherry Reames explores the life, writings, and legacy of a courageous medieval anchoress and author.

You can listen to the podcast here-MP3


"The Catholic Church and the Struggle Against White Nationalism: Missing in Action?"

Father Bryan Massingale, Professor of Theological and Social Ethics and the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics
at Fordham University, Delivers his 2019 Howard Thurman lecture in room 252 of Candler School of Theology.
Event co-sponsored by Candler's Black Church Studies department and the Catholic Studies department.
For those of you who are concerned about the rise of white nationalism and the role of the Black Church AND the Catholic Church in
combating it. You will learn much from this 2 hour lecture by Rev. Bryan Massingale, black priest formerly of the Milwaukee WI diocese,
who is known world wide for his work in this area. He was my professor of Moral Theology at St. Frances de Sales Seminary, where I
earned my M. Div. It is worth your time, I assure you. A great way to spend some time on a dreary, cold, wet blustery day in Wisconsin

Complete Lecture Video Here


My Spiritual Journey

A Letter to Pope Francis
An appeal for the Catholic Church to fully Respect the Dignity of Women.

Read Here

Lord, Make Me a Channel
of Disturbance:
The "Reverse St. Francis Prayer

Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
Where there is apathy, let me provoke;
Where there is compliance, let me bring questioning;
Where there is silence, may I be a voice.
Where there is too much comfort and too little action, grant disruption;
Where there are doors closed and hearts locked, Grant the willingness to listen.
When laws dictate and pain is overlooked... When tradition speaks louder than need...
Grant that I may seek rather to do justice than to talk about it;
Disturb us, O Lord. To be with, as well as for, the alienated;
To love the unlovable as well as the lovely; Lord, make me a channel of disturbance.
~ Author unknown

Can laypeople lead a parish?

Look to Louisville for a thriving example.

Read about it here!

Out on a limb: In conversation with Bishop Patricia Fresen

Patricia Fresen, RCWP Bishop from South Africa, is the woman who ordained Mary of Magdala, Apostle to the Apostles Pastor, Alice Iaquinta, on August 12, 2007 in Minneapolis, MN. Many of your questions about women's ordination and the history of women priests will be answered. Religious apartheid, just like political and social apartheid, are unjust laws which must be broken if justice is to be achieved. Please take time to watch this interview.

The Fresen Video

Mary of Magdala

Take a look at what up this year!

The Original Prayer of Rabbi Yeshua

Learn of the Aramaic world in which Jesus lived and the prayer as he may have taught it to his followers when they implored him: ”Teach us to pray.”

Get more information here.

A Statute with Limitations: Before #metoo

bookHope is being able to see that there is light despite all darkness - Desmond Tutu.  Follow it.

The book now is showing on Amazon. 


This link that will take the reader directly to the book.


Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 1)
The prospect of starting over after a lifetime is so daunting that I can see why many who leave the Catholic Church just give up on organized religion altogether.

Click here to read The original NCR article. See below for a response.

Why I left the church, and what I'm hearing about it (Part 2)
"Well, I couldn't NOT respond to this article in the NCR column penned by Melinda Henneberger that came through my inbox this morning."

Click Here to read the rest of the response.
Dear Community,
I am posting the excellent homily on the Transfiguration that I used as a resource today on our website because I believe that it is worth your time to either read or listen to it, or both!
Pastor Alice


Check out current social justice activities

Our Social Justice Organisations can use your help.

Take a look at what's coming up under "Other Organizations.

Don Timmerman's book, "Midwife of Grace"

"I served God as best I could, starting as a farmer from Dickeyville, Wisconsin, and then evolving through many roles."

The book is available at Amazon, but Don is working at getting copies that could be sold directly so that Casa Maria would benefit more directly ..... Jim
"Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."

A talk given by Rev. James Martin, SJ, Editor at Large, America Media, entitled, "Building Bridges with LGBT Catholics."(Video)

Reflections of Wellness for Women

For more information, Go to the calendar page

Meditation on 9 phases of progressive enlightenment. Reflections on a Thangka painting portraying stages according to Mahamudra Practice
Hello everyone, In our gathering yesterday at MoM's Centering Prayer group, we spent some time gazing upon, meditating and praying with icons. I sensed a deepening and connection in this practice with most members there. One new member who hadn't centered before (we did have a centering prayer sit) discussed some difficulty in centering as one works with formlessness, esp. how to handled busy mind and thoughts/questions arising during prayer. We discussed the Buddhist notion of the 'monkey mind.' A part of that "monkey mind" teaching comes from a Buddhist Mahamudra Thangka (like an icon) from the East. Catherine, who was in attendance yesterday, requested the link the youtube video which describes successive paths to enlightens and inner unity..... Ronald Mendyke

Here is the link. A letter from Charlottesville, VA. 'I received the following from David and Diane Brownold, and I am forwarding it to you so you can read firsthand about the dangers of being Jewish, the dangers of being considerred "other" in America today.' - Susan Ann Adrians Read the letter here. It is chilling. INDIVISIBLE: A PRACTICAL GUIDE FOR RESISTING THE TRUMP AGENDA. There are many good answers in here to the question, "Now what do we do?" It's a great read, with lots of fantastic suggestions. Here's the link to INDIVISIBLE
The YouTube Video

Rebuilding from the Bottom Up: A Reflection following the Election
An article from the Center for Action and Contimplation

Wisdom’s Hour: A Reflection following the Election

Watch Cynthia Bourgeault’s response to the United States’ presidential election and read her full reflection.

Petition in Support of Target's Nondiscrimination toward Gender Identity
The American Family Association, an ultra-right-wing hate group, is attacking Target for adopting a non-discriminatory bathroom policy that keeps transgender customers safe from harassment.
Here is the link to the petition.
A Catholic Response to Climate Change
Join School Sisters of Notre Dame for a stimulating presentation on church teaching with references to Pope Francis’ encyclical

To see the Announcement Flier, click here.
To look at the 22 page booklet on this subject, click here.
Women Priests and Male Priest Fast and Occupy Steps of Vatican Embassy in Washington DC!
Roman Catholic Women Priests: Jane Via, Janice Sevre Duszynska, and former Maryknoll Priest Roy Bourgeois occupy steps of Vatican Embassy on Holy Thursday to protest Vatican policy on women priests.
Click here to read the rest of Bridget Mary's Blog
Catholic Labor Movements in Europe
Attached is the review in Commonweal Magazine of the book that Paul Misner just published on the "Catholic Labor Movements in Europe". Paul comes to our Liturgies once in awhile. The review is very well written and shows the depth of knowledge that Paul has on this subject.
Joe Burke
Click here for the complete article.
Support the resettlement of Iraqi and Syrian refugees into the United States.
Call Senators Johnson and Baldwyn to vote against the American SAFE Act." Call 888-897-9753.
Click here for more information.
Open Letter to Cardina G.L Muller
This is an open letter dated Friday, January 1, 2016 to Cardina G.L Muller, Prefect of CDF/Vatican From Theologian Dr. Ida Raming, RCWP.
To read the complete letter, click here!
Toward a more than literal and more than rational and more than capitalist Christmas! by Matthew Fox
Some people complain that there exists a “war on Christmas.” I propose that there are three wars on Christmas going on in our time.
Please take the time to read this informative article.
Capuchin's Holiday Food Boxes
During November and December, Outreach will be supporting the Capuchin’s Holiday Food Boxes, which they distribute to needy families through House of Peace and St. Ben’s Community Meal sites. To see the needed items, click here.
Feminism In Faith: Sister Elizabeth Johnson’s Challenge To The Vatican
Widely considered one of the architects of Catholic feminist theology, the 72-year-old nun and professor has often clashed with institutional leaders — including the future pope — in her fight for equality in the clergy. Read the complete article at BuzzFeed News here
Leadership Conference of Women Religious 2015 Assembly Houston, Texas SURPRISED BY JOY: SPRINGS FROM THE GREAT DEEP ILLUMINATING RELIGIOUS LIFE Janet Mock, CSJ August 12, 2015
Read the whole text here.
Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle meets with members of pontifical commission on sex abuse
Obtain information in the"Members Only" folder under "Announcements"
Dominican Fr. Thomas Doyle meets with members of pontifical commission on sex abuse
Read the complete story here.
Still the Second Sex
"Last Friday Seventh Day Adventists voted to continue to deny ordination to women. Earlier this month, three women AME pastors in South Carolina received hateful, menacing letters denouncing them for violating biblical norms about women's submission." Read the complete article here
What Faith Is Not - Joan Chittister

Faith is not about understanding the ways of God. It is not about maneuvering God into a position of human subjugation, making a God who is a benign deity who exists to see life as we do. Faith, in fact, is not about understanding at all. It is about awe in the face of the God of all. And it is awe that inspires an alleluia to the human soul.

Faith is about reverencing precisely what we do not understand—the mystery of the Life Force that generates life for us all. It is about grounding ourselves in a universe so intelligent, so logical, so clearly loving that only a God in love with life could possibly account for it completely.

When we center our power outside ourselves, which is of the essence of faith, we have faith in something greater than our smallness. We take our very lack of control as a sign of God’s presence in the world. It is precisely because of our smallness that we can come to see and trust the greatness of God that surrounds us. It is only then that we can really come to see the face of God in the face of the other.

Faith in what we cannot control, do not see, cannot understand destroys the idol that is ourselves. It is only the deep-down belief that we are not the be-all and end-all of the universe that can save us from ourselves. It is the awareness of being part of something vast and intelligent and well-intentioned that gives purpose to life, that leads us to seek beyond the horizons of our smallness to the hope that tomorrow, warped as we may be today, we can all be better.

Faith in God is the only ground we have for faith in ourselves, in humanity, in life. Then we may care enough about others, about the purpose of God for all human life, to go beyond the kind of religion that turns God into a local deity and life into a zero-sum game in which winner takes all and losers abound.

—from Uncommon Gratitude by Joan Chittister (Liturgical Press)

TEILHARD DE CHARDIN - His Importance in the 21st Century.
On April 9, 2015, in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of his death, Georgetown University hosted a symposium, “Teilhard de Chardin: His Importance in the 21st Century.” Watch the video here
The Vatican is doling out its harshest punishment to some of Minnesota’s most devoted Catholics.
Read the whole article here
What Sister Joan Chittister Believes Will Change the World
Sister Joan Chittister is an outspoken advocate of justice, peace and equality, especially for women, all over the world. See the video here
After Weekend Ordination, Gorham Woman Says She Will Assume Role Of A Roman Catholic Priest
A radical event took place Saturday in a most traditional setting: a tiny, white, classic New England church in Shelburne. Mary Catherine White was ordained and now considers herself a Roman Catholic priest.
Read the whole article here.

Dear Friends of Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation,
An important read on Human Trafficing,child labor and some other rellated topics. Read the complete posting here.

A Blessing of Motherhood
Mother’s Day is a day with different meanings for each of us. For some it is a joyous occasion. For others, it is one of great difficulty. For still others, it is bittersweet. Let us pray then for motherhood in all its many facets. Read the complete blog posting here.
Ferment in the world of religion and faith
Every aspect of the human world is being impacted by the ecological crises emerging in our time, and certainly religion is no exception. Read the article published in the Center for New Creation
A death in our extended Family
Please see Members Files for details. The notice is at the bottom of the page under "Joys and Sorrows".
Jesuit made deathbed call for women's ordination

Seven months after his death, a Jesuit priest's call for the ordination of women has been released in a video.

Read the full article from The National Catholic Reporter

15 Faith Leaders to Watch in 2015
See what the Center for American Progress has to say about future faith leader here. Editorial: We must get beyond the 'Humanae Vitae' impasse An Editorial in the National Catholic Reporter. Interview with Cardinal Marx About Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships. Read the interview here. PBS series on Human Trafficking Starting January 26th PBS is presenting a 3-part series called “A Path Appears.” It is about human trafficking in the United States and is done by the team (Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn) who did “Half the Sky”. It uncovers the harshest forms of gender-based oppression and human rights violations and the solutions being implemented to combat them. Advertised times are 10:00 pm (EST)/9:00 pm (CST) but check local listings to be sure. .... Maro Chermayeff
National Human Trafficking Awareness Month
From January 11-February 8th please remember in your daily prayer the victims of labor and sex trafficking throughout the world. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange offer the attached calendar which includes a special intention for each day of the month. It concludes on the Feast of St. Bakhita (February 8th), patroness of the anti-slavery movement. The Sisters of the Divine Savior provide an excellent review of various dimensions of human trafficking in the January issue of Stop Trafficking.
Jimmy Carter's book takes a prophetic stand for women
In his latest book, President Carter issues A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence, and Power. Gender equality remains a significant challenge in the USA, and President Carter educates us about it, so often considered solely a woman's issue. In solidarity with women it appears that he ascribes to the UNs HeforShe initiative. Men need to be part of this struggle for human rights. Certainly his high profile will bring increased attention to the need to achieve women's rights in every sector of society. Women's rights are human rights. In the USA, women do not enjoy equal rights under the Constitution. The Equal Rights Amendment which would guarantee Constitutional rights regardless of sex has been introduced in every USA Congress since it was first crafted in 1923. The bill passed both houses in 1972 and was sent to States for ratification. So far, 35 States have ratified it, just three short of the number needed to become a Constitutional Amendment. President Carter's new book may provide the needed impetus for women in the USA finally to achieve equal rights under the law. See the ERA's educational project, a documentary produced by Kamala Lopez,Equal Means Equal.
Read the article here.
ECPAT-USA launched a new Public Service Announcement to dispel the myth that child commercial sexual exploitation only happens abroad. American children, both boys and girls, are trafficked here in the United States.
The short video (just over 2 minutes) contains good information. ECPAT-USA has a number of videos on human trafficking on their website at Because January is the national month for awareness on human trafficking, we are providing lots of information and resources. January is also Poverty Awareness Month (CCHD) During the month of January, join the Catholic Campaign for Human Development in praying, learning and acting to end poverty. Resources for the month, including a calendar with daily reflections, are available on the Website. You can also sign up to receive the reflections as daily emails.
Watch the Video here.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the most outspoken critics of Pope Francis’ push for reform, is roiling the waters yet again, this time arguing that the Catholic Church has become too “feminized.”
Here is the complete article.
Francis diversifies cardinals, choosing prelates from Asia, island nations
Continuing to diversify global representation in the most select body of Catholic prelates, Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will be creating 20 new cardinals from 18 different countries.
Read the complete article here.

What are they thinking at the Vatican?
The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Culture has posted a two-minute video of a sexy blond woman inviting other women to crowd-source another video for its February 2015 meeting.
Read the whole article here!
When appointing new cardinals, will Francis follow tradition or continue to surprise?
The creation of new cardinals in February may well determine whether the papacy of Pope Francis is a flash in the pan or a turning point in the history of the church.
More here.
Belgian bishop advocates church recognition of gay relationships
Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, has called for ecclesiastical recognition of gay relationships.
Reads the entire article here
PBS series can inspire us all to journey on our own pilgrimages
Blessed the man who finds refuge in you, in their hearts are pilgrim roads. -- Psalm 84:6
This is the sentiment that underlies an ongoing series on PBS called "Sacred Journeys,"
More on this PBS Series here.
Editorial: Person of the year for 2014
The story here!

Nancy Meyer's Ordination - 6/22/2014

The Roman Catholic Womenpriests of the Midwest Region held the Episcopal Ordination of Nancy Louise Meyer, priest from Brownsburg, IN on 22 June, 2014 at 2:30 P.M. at Calvary United Methodist Church, 575 W. Northfield Drive in Brownsburg, Indiana 46112. A reception followed in the church hall. Hundreds attended the liturgy.
Ordaining Bishops were:+Bishop Maria Regina Nicolosi of the Midwest Region; +Andrea Johnson of the Eastern Region; +Joan Houk of the Great Waters Region; +Olivia Doko of the Western Region; +Marie Bouclin of Canada; and +Bridget Mary Meehan of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, which is the southern area of the United States. +Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger of Austria, one of the first seven women ordained in 2002 on the Danube in Germany, was also among the ordaining bishops. Many clergy of other denominations participated in the ordination's laying on of hands, along with many other RCWP lay persons and womenpriests, including Pastor Alice Iaquinta of Mary of Magdala Catholic Church.
The Bishop Meyer succeeds Bishop Regina Nicolosi who has retired after five years of servant leadership to the womenpriests of the Midwest Region.
Your tax-deductible gift for support of women's equality in the Catholic Church, the mission of our reform movement is welcomed and would be greatly appreciated. Please make checks payable to RCWP-Midwest and send to +Nancy Meyer, c/o Pastor Alice Iaquinta at Mary of Magdala Catholic Church, 1529 N. Wauwatosa Ave. Wauwatosa, WI 53213. Thank you.
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Pope issues scathing critique of Vatican bureaucracy in pre-Christmas meeting

Report from Apostolic Visitation is a good first step.

Today a press conference was held in Rome detailing the final report about the outcomes of the Congregation for Religious' Apostolic Visitation of U.S. sisters conducted from 2009 to 2012. The Nun Justice Project sent out a press release applauding the report as a "first step" in reconciling with U.S. Sisters, but also demanded immediate removal of sanctions against LCWR leadership.

Click here to read the Nun Justice Project press release.

Click here to read the final report from the Apostolic Visitation.

Click here to read LCWR's response.

Click here to read the text of all the speeches from the press conference today in Rome.

Click here to listen to Sr. Sharon Holland talk about the report.

Click here to read the experience of women during the visitation.

Your passionate advocacy for the sisters through hundreds of prayer services, public demonstrations and media events was instrumental in advancing due process, raising up women's leadership voice and promoting justice in the church.

You helped the Vatican understand how deeply U.S. Catholics value the prophetic witness of women religious and appreciate their commitment to social justice and care for the marginalized.

Your witness is an important milestone in the ongoing struggle for human rights in the Church.

For extensive background on the Nun Justice Project's work addressing the LCWR mandate visit:

For background on the Apostolic Visitation:

click here.

Thanks for all you do to support the U.S. women religious!


Deborah Rose-Milavec

Executive Director FutureChurch

Please be REMINDED to watch live-stream Vatican report on visitation of U.S. sisters

Your passionate advocacy for the sisters through hundreds of prayer services, public demonstrations and media events was instrumental in advancing due process, raising up women's leadership voice and promoting justice in the church.
Now, you have the opportunity to watch a live-stream Vatican news conference on Tuesday, Dec. 16, about the outcomes of the Congregation for Religious' Apostolic Visitation of U.S. sisters conducted from 2009 to 2012.

Click here for information.

Voice of the Faithful® is a sponsor of the Nun Justice Project.

Rome Press Conference
On Tuesday, December 16 at 11:30 AM (time in Rome - which is 6 hours ahead of Eastern Standard Time), the Vatican press office will be holding a press conference on the final report of the apostolic visitation of institutes of women religious in the United States. A recording of the entire conference will be livestreamed so that you can watch it as it happens at:

Vatican on Youtube

The recording will also be stored on the Vatican YouTube page and can be found by using the same link.
Please feel free to share this link with anyone you think would be interested in viewing the conference.
Some talking points that may be helpful to you will be posted when available. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to be in touch:
National Office Leadership Conference of Women Religious 8808 Cameron Street Silver Spring, MD 20910 301-588-4955

Ponder this during Advent…

In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes, a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.
About 4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
At 6 minutes:
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
At 10 minutes:
A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.
At 45 minutes:
The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.
After 1 hour:
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded. There was no recognition at all. No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music. This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the ​ ​ Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities. This experiment raised several questions:
*In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
*If so, do we stop to appreciate it?
*Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . ...
How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
Enjoy life NOW… it has an expiration date. Iaquinta

Take a look at this recent survey to see what turns people on or off about their “church” experiences.

A sense of community, one of our strengths, is a primary reason for attendance, but the reason for leaving if it is missing. The graphs are self-explanatory. Worth a few minutes of your time.

Read the survey here. (PDF 4.2 mb)

News Team uncovers the growing ranks of female 'priests'.

The ABC7 I-Team uncovered the growing movement of Roman Catholic women who call themselves priests.
Read more Here!

Take a look at this recent survey to see what turns people on or off about their “church” experiences.

A sense of community, one of our strengths, is a primary reason for attendance, but the reason for leaving if it is missing. The graphs are self-explanatory. Worth a few minutes of your time. Read the survey here. (PDF 4.2 mb)

News Team uncovers the growing ranks of female 'priests'.

The ABC7 I-Team uncovered the growing movement of Roman Catholic women who call themselves priests.
Read more Here!

We celebrate the life of Padre Bill Brennan,

who was a personal supporter of women priests and dared to honor his conscience by his advocacy and embracing of all the Roman Catholic Womenpriests, particularly, Janice, Alice, Irene and Kathy. We mourn the loss of this fine and courageous Jesuit priest who labored hard and long for women's equality in the Roman Catholic Church, for all who are oppressed and exploited, and for peace in the world. God bless him and all he has served.
Pastor Alice

WP2012-31 Death of Fr. William J. Brennan, S.J.
August 12, 2014
Dear Brothers:
Fr Brennen
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother Fr. William J. Brennan, S.J., who was called to eternal life on August 11, 2014. Bill died at St. Camillus, in Wauwatosa, WI. He was ninety-four years old, a Jesuit for seventy-five years, and a priest for sixty-three years.
Born in Wauwatosa, WI on May 14, 1920, Bill attended grade school in Wauwatosa and Whitefish Bay and graduated from Marquette University High School in 1938. He entered the Society at St. Stanislaus Seminary, Florissant, Missouri on September 1, 1938. After the usual Jesuit course of studies at St. Stanislaus, Saint Louis University, and St. Mary's College, Bill was ordained on June 14, 1951, made tertianship in Decatur, IL, and pronounced his final vows on August 15, 1954.
Bill lived not only a long Jesuit life, but a very full Jesuit life. Regency in Belize was the beginning of years of service in Central America, in both Belize and in Yoro, Honduras, and of a life-long ministry in various Latino parishes in New Mexico, Texas, California, and Wisconsin. From 1966 to 1979 Bill taught at Saint Louis University High School and at Marquette University High School. Involvement in the struggle for justice and peace was also life-long for Bill. From 1981 to 1985 he lived and worked at the Casa Maria House in Milwaukee, and almost to the day he died he continued to demonstrate for justice issues, for the poor and oppressed to whom he gave his heart.
Bill was a great-hearted man who remained amazingly active even after he turned ninety and his body began to fail him. He did not mind controversy and loved to campaign. He lived his life with passion. He was a people's priest.

Arrangements are as follows:
VISITATION Monday, August 18, 2014, 6:00 PM, San Camillo Chapel,
10200 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, WI
FUNERAL MASS Monday, August 18, 2014, 7:00 PM, San Camillo Chapel,
10200 W. Bluemound Rd., Wauwatosa, WI
Burial will not take place at this time. Fr. Brennan donated his body to medical research.
Messages of condolence may be sent to one of the following:
St. Camillus Jesuit Community Kathleen Brennan (sister)
10100 W. Bluemound Rd. 6600 River Pkwy, #421
Wauwatosa, WI 53226 Wauwatosa, WI 53213
James B. Brennan (brother) Eileen McCullough (sister)
2756 N. 87th St. 1680 Sunnyslope Rd.
Milwaukee, WI 53222 Hollister, CA 95023
Terence Brennan (brother) Virginia Brennan (sister-in-law)
1731 Wildberry Dr., Unit C St. John's on the Lake
Glenview, IL 60025 1840 N. Prospect Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53202
As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through Bill's life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose.
Sincerely in Christ,
Mark A. Carr, S.J.

Papal Canonizations

This link will take to all the articles published in NCR that cover the canonization of John XXIII and John Paul II. Click here.

John Paul II could have intervened

I draw your attention especially to the article by Tom Doyle, canon lawyer in the Vatican during JPII's pontificate.
Click here.

NPR Program "On Being"

This link is to the NPR program, "On Being," with Krista Tippett interviewing church historian Jaroslav Pelican, who will really provide some amazing insights into the development of the Christian creeds and their political nature. I found it very informative. Click here.

MISSING: Women in Priestly Service in the Catholic Church

Will the next 10 Years bring about change?
To see the poster for this presentation click here.

Longtime peace activist removed from ministry

A longtime peace and human rights activist arrested countless times, Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada has been removed from public ministry for concelebrating Mass with a woman priest in 2011.
To read the whole article click here.

"Open Mind" Events Continue

March 30th at 8:45 prior to mass at Mary of Magdala Catholic Church. This week a short video by Barbara Marx Hubbard, entitled "Humanity Ascending" will be shown.
For more information click here.

Fr. John O'Shea's Lenten letter 2014 to Cardinal O'Malley: On ordaining women

To read this letter, click here.

Lent--a time to weep

On this planet, psychic numbing has been raised to high art. This people avoids pain and misery, in others as well as in themselves, at all costs. This is not a people who braves grief in the face and stares it down. No, this people dedicates itself to the elimination of pain--its own--and the aversion of pain--everyone else's. But grief comes nevertheless.

To continue reading this article, click here.

The results of a global Vatican survey.

Click here to view the article. (PDF).

Homophobia 'insults God', says Archbishop of Dublin

In the wake of the so-called 'Pantigate' controversy over homophobia comments made on RTE and a defamation settlement, Dr Martin said: "God never created anybody that he doesn't love."

Read complete article here.

Nigerian Bishops Support Anti-Gay Law; Help Get the Pope to Speak Out

While it is obvious that the trend toward anti-gay oppressive laws around the globe is a disturbing phenomenon, perhaps nothing is more disturbing than the positive response the Catholic bishops of Nigeria recently gave to the new draconian law in that nation.

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The Price of Infallibility By Thomas Cahill

WITH the news media awash in encomiums to the indisputable greatness of Pope John Paul II, isn't it time to ask to which tradition he belonged? Partisans unfamiliar with Christian history may judge this a strange question. Why, they may answer, he belonged to the Catholic tradition, of course.

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An Open Letter to Pope Francis From Roy Bourgeois

Roy Bourgeois is a laicized Roman Catholic priest; and an American activist and founder, in 1990, of the human rights group School of the Americas Watch. Wikipedia
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Pope Francis to us: 'I am Vatican II'

Simple, spare life summations have great power to arrest our attention and to set us thinking. These range from the tombstone legend about the little girl who died going west on the pioneer trail -- "She done what she could" -- to longtime Jersey City, N.J., Mayor Frank Hague's boast, "I am the law." The Bible is better, of course, with Jehovah's magisterial "I am who I am" and Satan's still-smoldering "I am legion."
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25, 2014

Two events are planned, Taize Service and Fifty Years of Catholic Ecumenical Commitment.

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A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink

A Woman’s Nation Pushes Back from the Brink will examine the rates of financial insecurity among American women and the children who depend on them, investigate the impact of it on our nation’s institutions and economic future, and promote modern solutions to help women strengthen their financial status.
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Yes, but isn't it all over now?

Joan Chittister | Jan. 7, 2014 From Where I Stand

The Shriver Report, the multimedia effort by Maria Shriver to document one of the most important social trends of our time -- the emergence of women into all areas of society -- will issue its third set of findings in a few days. The new report examines the alarming economic insecurity of American women and their families and leads with three tantalizing issues: First, "Here's Why the Success of Business Lies in Gender Equality"; second, "How Are the Evolving Roles of Women Shaping Men's Modern Realities?"; and third, "Is This One of the Reasons for the Wage Gap?"
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Are Women Devalued by Religions?

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Leaving the Jesuits after 32 years

John Dear | Jan. 7, 2014 On the Road to Peace

This week, with a heavy heart, I am officially leaving the Jesuits after 32 years. After three years of discernment, I'm leaving because the Society of Jesus in the U.S. has changed so much since I entered in 1982 and because my Jesuit superiors have tried so hard over the decades to stop my work for peace -- most recently, when my provincial ordered me to Baltimore but gave me no assignment and, I felt, encouraged me to leave, as many other superiors have done in the past.
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Sister Louise Akers Challenges The Church Patriarchy

It probably should have been clear from the title of her doctoral thesis — “Patriarchal Power and the
Pauperization of Women” — that Sister Louise Akers would eventually find herself in trouble with the Catholic Church. In 2009 Akers joined a long line of intelligent, articulate Catholics who have been officially silenced by Church leaders. Cincinnati archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk barred Akers from teaching or speaking in any institution related to his archdiocese, where she had served and taught for decades. His reason? She refused to publicly renounce her belief that women should be allowed to become priests.
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