Bishop Patricia Fresen
“One of the greatest challenges among Catholic women who have the courage to pursue their call to priesthood is often sheer survival. Many ordained women suffer major changes in their lives such as job loss and excommunication. [And some, several excommunications] Some cannot afford the required theological education or they struggle to support themselves after ordination.
That is why I am so grateful to all those creating the ‘Lydia’s Gathering’ Project, which aims at providing sustainability for women’s ordinations and priesthood. Until the Catholic Church introduces gender justice into its structures, we need to support Catholic women called to priesthood. Women’s ordination to the priesthood remains one of the great needs in our church. I heartily endorse this generous and most necessary initiative.” -Bishop Patricia Fresen (June, 2009)
Reverend Roy Bourgeois
“As a Catholic priest for 38 years I have come to believe that the exclusion of women from the priesthood is a grave injustice against women, against the church, and, most of all, against our loving God who calls both men and women to be priests.
If we are to have a vibrant and healthy church rooted in the teachings of Jesus, we need the wisdom, compassion, courage, and faith of women in the priesthood.
Lydia’s Gathering gives me hope in the struggle for gender equality and the ordination of women in our church. I support and endorse this important initiative and want to encourage others to support Lydia’s Gathering.” –Rev. Roy Bourgeois, Maryknoll Missioner