Thursday, October 27 , 2016, 6:32 am | Fair 54º

Posted on May 12, 2014 | 10:57 a.m.

Bishop Patricia Fresen to Speak Monday on ‘Women in the Church: The Next 10 Years’

Source: Flannery Hill for Catholic Church of the Beatitudes

The Catholic Church of the Beatitudes in Santa Barbara invites the community to meet and hear from guest lecturer Bishop Patricia Fresen, D.Th., RCWP, this Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church, 1500 State St. Santa Barbara.

The presentation, titled "Mission: Women in Priestly Service in the Catholic Church; Will the Next 10 Years Bring About Change?," is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., with a question-and-answer session at 7:45 p.m. A reception will follow, and information tables will be available.

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

She will give a short history of the RCWP community, the controversy surrounding the beginnings of the movement, and how the women priests’ movement has continued to grow from seven women in 2002 to 180 women worldwide today. She will discuss the issues of equality, the stance of Pope Francis and alienation due to scandals.

Fresen will share her vision of the role of women in the Catholic during the next 10 years and explore the question: Will women achieve equality in the church?

She received her doctorate in theology and taught in the Seminary and University in 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 U.S. and Canada, where it is flourishing.

The event is co-sponsored by Philosophy Department of Santa Barbara City College and Call to Action of Los Angeles. (This activity is not part of, nor endorsed by, Santa Barbara City College.)

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

Reader Comments

Noozhawk's intent is not to limit the discussion of our stories but to elevate it. Comments should be relevant and must be free of profanity and abusive language and attacks.

By posting on Noozhawk, you:

» Agree to be respectful. Noozhawk encourages intelligent and impassioned discussion and debate, but now has a zero-tolerance policy for those who cannot express their opinions in a civil manner.

» Agree not to use Noozhawk’s forums for personal attacks. This includes any sort of personal attack — including, but not limited to, the people in our stories, the journalists who create these stories, fellow readers who comment on our stories, or anyone else in our community.

» Agree not to post on Noozhawk any comments that can be construed as libelous, defamatory, obscene, profane, vulgar, harmful, threatening, tortious, harassing, abusive, hateful, sexist, racially or ethnically objectionable, or that are invasive of another’s privacy.

» Agree not to post in a manner than emulates, purports or pretends to be someone else. Under no circumstances are readers posting to Noozhawk to knowingly use the name or identity of another person, whether that is another reader on this site, a public figure, celebrity, elected official or fictitious character. This also means readers will not knowingly give out any personal information of other members of these forums.

» Agree not to solicit others. You agree you will not use Noozhawk’s forums to solicit and/or advertise for personal blogs and websites, without Noozhawk’s express written approval.

Noozhawk’s management and editors, in our sole discretion, retain the right to remove individual posts or to revoke the access privileges of anyone who we believe has violated any of these terms or any other term of this agreement; however, we are under no obligation to do so.


Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.

Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >