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Posted on 05.14.2014 12:22 p.m.

Bishop Patricia Fresen Discusses ‘Women in the Church: The Next 10 Years’

From left, the Rev. Suzanne Dunn of the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes Santa Barbara; the Rev. Jeannette Bertalan Love, associate pastor at Catholic Church of the Beatitudes Santa Barbara; Bishop Olivia Doko of the Western Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests (Pismo Beach); Jules Hart, RCWP documentary filmmaker; and Bishop Patricia Fresen, D.Th., of the RCWP.

From left, the Rev. Suzanne Dunn of the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes Santa Barbara; the Rev. Jeannette Bertalan Love, associate pastor at Catholic Church of the Beatitudes Santa Barbara; Bishop Olivia Doko of the Western Region of Roman Catholic Womenpriests (Pismo Beach); Jules Hart, RCWP documentary filmmaker; and Bishop Patricia Fresen, D.Th., of the RCWP.  (Catholic Church of the Beatitudes photo)

Source: Flannery Hill for Catholic Church of the Beatitudes

On Monday, the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes in Santa Barbara welcomed guest lecturer Bishop Patricia Fresen, D.Th., RCWP, at Trinity Episcopal Church in Santa Barbara.

Fresen is an ordained priest and bishop in the international movement known as Roman Catholic Womenpriests.

In her talk, “Mission: Women in Priestly Service in the Catholic Church — Will the Next 10 Years Bring About Change?” Fresen shared her vision of the role of women in the Catholic Church during the next 10 years and explored the question: Will women achieve equality in the church?

Over 100 guests attended and participated in the discussion of the history of the RCWP community, the controversy surrounding the beginnings of the movement, issues of equality, the stance of Pope Francis, and alienation due to actively taking a stand for women's justice in the church.

Fresen received her docotorate in theology and taught in the seminary and University of South Africa. She has been involved in the Womenpriests movement since 2003. As Bishop, Fresen was influential in the beginning of the movement in the United States and Canada.

The event was co-sponsored by the Philosophy Department at SBCC and Call to Action of Los Angeles. This activity is not part of nor endorsed by Santa Barbara City College.

More information about the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes can be found by clicking here.

— Flannery Hill is a publicist representing the Catholic Church of the Beatitudes.




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