Born in 1948, Meehan in 1987 was the first woman and the first Roman Catholic to receive a Doctor of Ministry from Virginia Episcopal Seminary in Alexandria, VA.
Bridget Mary Meehan, Roman Catholic Woman Bishop, writes a page-turner biography of how this Celtic lass has lived her life for the glory of God through taking risks and embarking on a most unusual journey. Meehan's story opens one's eyes and ears to a new glory of God openness that both men and women are drawn to in the hundreds around America, where there are dozens of House Churches where Mass is celebrated in all its glory. Her dad plays the music when she presides.
Meehan speaks of her childhood in Ireland, her parents and sibblings, her life as a Roman Catholic nun and her burning desire to serve God as a priest.
Do understand the Roman Catholic woman priest and now bishop has been excommunicated officially from the Roman Catholic Church. While the Vatican may have taken Bishop Meehan out of its ranks, no authority has the power to take bishop Meehan's Roman Catholic faith out of her heart and soul.
I am personally grateful for my journey with Meehan. I learned that up to 600, there were woman priests, deacons legitimately in the Roman Catholic Church. In fact, Irish St. Brigit was ordained a Roman Catholic Bishop by St. Patrick's nephew around the mid-400s and she built a monastery in Kildare in 480 AD.
Meehan shares the journey of a woman who in peace and love went where she wanted to go and did what she wanted to do. She tells a straight story of her challenges without a bitter soundbite in the whole book. She is clear. She works for God.
You don't have to be any special religion to enjoy the empowerment of a women who took the risks, faced the battles, and rode the victorious horse more than most.
While I have no desire to become an excommunicated priest, through my new book From Jesus to Heaven with Love: A Parable Pilgrimage, I have begun to go to the homes of believers where participants can learn as I have through study to make the Holy Bible as familiar in usage as the common dictionary to discover meaning.
PS It was exciting to learn how she met Roman Catholic priest, John Weyand, a mutual friend, early in her journey, one of the first to believe in her mission here.
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