On Tuesday, May 2, there will be a panel discussion on “Women Responding to the Call to Ministry in the Church” at the Gesu Chapel, Jesuit School of Theology. Reception to follow.
This panel features women who have heard and responded to God’s call to ministry in various ways. In the context of male-only ordained ministry in the Catholic Church, these women will share how they have exercised their ministry. These pathways reflect the real-life decisions of Catholic women. A discussion will follow.
Natalie Terry is the director of the Ignatian Spiritual Life Center and Children’s Faith Formation at St. Agnes Parish in San Francisco. She has a Masters of Divinity from JST. In 2012 she was awarded a ministry fellowship with the Fund for Theological Education where she embarked on a project to explore modes of discernment for Roman Catholic women to explore calls to ordained ministry. Natalie has been a facilitator and prayer leader with the Ignatian Solidarity Network, and she has presided and preached at Communion services and Liturgies of the Word.
Sr. Fabian Jose, of Kerala in South India, is an Ursuline of Mary Immaculate, an Italian congregation. She has a Masters of Divinity and Licentiate in Sacred Theology and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Sacred Theology at JST, studying the contemplative-prophetic spirituality of Thomas Merton. She is author of The Renewed Vision for the Consecrated life in India (2014). She has studied psychology and counseling, spiritual direction, retreat direction, inner healing programs, leadership, youth animation and various meditation techniques. She has worked in formation for many years.
Mary Alice Nolan has been an Oncology nurse for most of her life. Her specialty is preparing patients and families for end of life at Kaiser Medical Center in San Rafael. Last May, Mary Alice graduated from JST with a Masters in Theological Studies. In October, she was ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest. Her priestly ministry is with the Sophia in Trinity community in San Francisco.
The moderator is Luke Hansen, S.J., a divinity student at the Jesuit School of Theology. The event is sponsored by the GTU Women’s Studies in Religion Program.
From Santa Clara University website.