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Letter from Ludmila Javorová

Letter from Ludmila Javorová

"I am a Catholic priest!"Brno, 25 February 2007

To the www.womenpriests.org network (*)

Dear Friends,

I take this occasion to express my personal thanks to you for your manifold services because of what you offer through your internet website. What you do is encouraging not just for me but especially for all those who sense the needs of our day. If the practice of Christianity is to be productive, it has to be built up from our Christian roots - something that cannot be done without your service. What I say applies to all Christians but, in my view, even more to women. From my own experience I can confirm that there exists a real hunger for the kind of information that opens to women insight into their own Christian history.

The bishop who ordained me, the deceased Bishop Davidek, often called attention to the fact that ‘society needs the ministry of women as a special tool for the sanctification of humankind’. He meant by this the priestly ministry of women. Women are permanently disenfranchised in this area and need help both on a human and a spiritual level. I am very grateful for your service.

May God accompany you with the fullness of her love, and give you the inspiration you need, together with all the gifts you need in order to perform your service.

Also in your personal life, may God’s grace constantly travel with you.

Ludmila Javorová

* The letter was carried to us by hand from Brno and delivered on 16 March 2007.

A photocopy of the letter written by Ludmila on her own typewriter follows.

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