“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)