First Chinese Woman Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest
On Saturday July 29th 2017 at 2PM Gertrude Y. Chen from TaiWan, and presently mainland China, was ordained to the Roman Catholic Priesthood in Catonsville, Maryland. The Ordination was held with the congregation of the Living Waters Inclusive Catholic Community at the St. John’s UCC Church on Rolling Road in Catonsville. Rev. Andrea Johnson, Bishop of the Eastern Region of Roman Catholic Women Priests, the RCWP Region that accepts international candidates under the direction of Rev. Caryl Johnson, was the presiding Bishop. Many priests of the region and guests attended this spirit filled sacrament of Holy Orders. Rev. Gertrude Chen has studied theology and pastoral ministry and has served the Catholic community in TaiWan for many years as a religious Sister. Rev.Chen described the experience as a fabulous gift of the Holy Spirit filled with love and unity. She has gone home to TaiWan before returning to mainland China to continue her studies in Chinese Medicine.
We are so happy to welcome Rev. Gertrude Y. Chen as Priest and as our Sister who opens the door in TaiWan to women called to serve God in the Roman Catholic church as priests.
BLESSINGS AND CONGRATULATIONS REV. GERTRUDE Y. CHEN,a woman of deep faith and courage who is well prepared for the priesthood by study and experience! May our loving God who chose you for priestly service continue to guide your every step.
Love and prayers,
Rev. Dr. Judy Lee, RCWP
Good Shepherd Inclusive Catholic Community, Fort Myers, Florida