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Reconstructions of how women deacons were ordained

Reconstructing how women deacons were ordained

Together with Catholic movements for the ordination of women in different parts of the world our website has begun to stage reconstructions/dramatizations of the ancient rite of the ordination of women deacons.

The main point of the exercise is to demonstrate that this ordination was a full sacramental ordination, substantially identical to the ordination given to male deacons. And, if women could receive holy orders as deacons, they can receive the priesthood and episcopacy too.

For the moment we have two models of how this reconstruction can be done:

  1. The simple model - the illustrated lecture style.
    It is based on the reconstruction we held at Hobart, organised by the Ordination of Catholic Women Australia, on Saturday the 23rd of November 2002.
    We present the full script and photographs to show how it was done.
  2. The longer and more solemn model - the celebratory style.
    This was the impressive celebration orchestrated by the Catholic Women's Ordination of the UK, at St. James’s Church, Piccadilly, on the 18th of January 2003.
    Full script and photographic report in preparation.
    Will be uploaded soon!
  3. Other adaptations. See, for instance, how the reconstruction was celebrated in Bristol, UK, on the 31st of May 2003.

We hope that our groups and movements on local, diocesan and national level will reenact the ordination rite too. The material we present will give you ideas on how you can realise the same in your own situation. Please, contact us, both for advice if you need it, and especially to report on how you reconstructed the rite.



Wijngaards Institute for Catholic ResearchThis website is maintained by the Wijngaards Institute for Catholic Research.

The Institute is known for issuing academic reports and statements on relevant issues in the Church. These have included scholars' declarations on the need of collegiality in the exercise of church authority, on the ethics of using contraceptives in marriage and the urgency of re-instating the sacramental diaconate of women.

Visit also our websites:Women Deacons, The Body is Sacred and Mystery and Beyond.

You are welcome to use our material. However: maintaining this site costs money. We are a Charity and work mainly with volunteers, but we find it difficult to pay our overheads.


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