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If you are visiting my blog, expecting to see 'Toward a Progressive Catholic Church,' I have changed my title to reflect my wide assortment of interests. Having retired from my secular job, I hope to devote the rest of my life to my hobbies, ministries and perhaps a part-time job that makes good use of my communications skills. This blog will be designed to address my multi-faceted interests.

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I have an M.A. in Theology and an M.Div (Master of Divinity) from St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry. I am currently a media consultant and promoter of classical music. I am also certified as an officiant by the Federation of Christian Ministries for baptisms, weddings and funerals and minister independently of the Rochester Diocese. My life has encompassed many interesting paths: broadcasting, free-lance writing, video-production, music, ministry and a secular job in government. In addition to this blog, I have a YouTube site at www.youtube.com/priestray and I have a Facebook page.

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

5 Women Being Ordained in Rochester

Dear Blog Visitors:

I have not been doing a lot of blogging in recent weeks due to my hectic schedule (racing around the clock and averaging three hours sleep per night). On Sunday mornings, when I would normally be attending liturgies, I have been spending some quiet time lately in solitude to catch my breath after going 100-miles-an-hour the rest of the week. Needless to say, retirement looks good on the horizon.

Many people have asked me how long I can continue to go at my present pace at my secular job. (I never take a lunch hour and I have sacrificed countless weeks of vacation.) On a positive note, I often tell people that I am at least fortunate to have a job in today's tight economy. However, at age 60, I constantly have to remind myself that I am going at a pace that would probably run down the average thirty-year-old.

Despite my hectic secular job, I still find some time for ministry and I look forwad to officiating at a few weddings this year.

I do want to take a moment to congratulate five women who will be ordained in Rochester on May 1 at Spiritus Christi Church. Two of the women are from Rochester, and the other three are from other parts of the country. Here is an official announcement of the ordinations from the latest Spiritus Christi bulletin:

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Did you know that two women from Spiritus Christi are preparing to be ordained? On Saturday, May 1, Chava Redonnet will be ordained a priest (and will serve St Joseph’s House of Hospitality), and Patti LaRosa will be ordained a deacon. We will host the ordinations for Chava & Patti as well as for three other women, Theresa Novak Chabot of New Hampshire, Ann Penick of Philadelphia and Caryl Johnson of Baltimore. The presiding bishops are from the Roman Catholic Women Priests, an organization that has ordained 9 bishops and over 50 priests since 2002. I’m happy we can share Spiritus Christi with them! If you would like to be part of this extraordinary liturgy, there will be lots of ways that you can participate: singers, musicians, liturgical dancers (of all ages, genders, shapes and sizes) and greeters; people to help with food – sandwiches, salads and desserts – people to help with setting up and cleaning up, and to provide housing and transportation. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Caryl Marchand (334-1061 or
pond99@rochester.rr.com).
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In conclusion, please pray that I find some time for peace and quiet. I also ask that you pray for the five women who will be ordained on May 1.

Peace to all,
Ray

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