Reclaiming the Feminine Spirit in the Catholic Priesthood
N.Va. Woman Is Among 12 to Receive An Ordination Not Recognized by Church
By Michelle Boorstein
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Tomorrow afternoon, Bridget Mary Meehan, a nun and former television producer from Falls Church, will be ordained as a Roman Catholic priest. At least that's how she sees it.
Meehan, 58, is among 12 American women who will board a chartered boat at 3 p.m. at Gateway Clipper dock in Pittsburgh and shove off for a floating ordination ceremony -- the first in the United States since an international group of women's ordination activists formed four years ago. The group has held five ceremonies in Europe and Canada and counts five female bishops and 40 priests and deacons. In the pipeline are 120 students, 80 of whom are American.