While Rev. Debra Meyers was baptized in the Roman Catholic Church, she had the option of becoming an Episcopalian priest, where women are accepted as a priests, but she wanted to make the church she loved a better place of worship for all.
Rev. Meyers, above, said that she has been preparing for the priesthood all her life, including her volunteerism with schools, libraries, local parishes, food banks and women’s crisis centers, but also through her extensive education.
Rev. Meyers is a member of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, which started in 2002 when a rogue bishop ordained seven women on the Danube River.
Rev. Debra Meyers doesn’t believe that priests should be gender-specific, nor should they be on a pedestal and holier than all. It’s an open-minded view for sure, but then again, this country was built on changing the rules from time to time.
There are seven female bishops to date, and nearly 200 women worldwide have joined the movement, 170 of those in the United States, like Rev. Debra Meyers, to “be God’s living passion for justice, equality and non-violence.”
Rev. Debra Meyers grew up in Rochester, N.Y., which she called a “hotbed of reformed movement” activists like Susan B. Anthony, as well as the largest breakaway church Spiritus Christi Church, which is led by a female priest.
The first female priest to be ordained by the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests in the Tri-State said she listens to God -- and not the Pope -- as she ministers to the disenfranchised.
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