Ever come across the joke, “Why are busses like bananas?” “Because they come in bunches !” – the universal law that when you’ve been waiting for a bus for over half an hour two usually come at once ? The same seems to be true of independent catholic communities.
Only yesterday I came across St Stephens in Minneapolis. Today a community called St Magdalen Apostle Community in San Diego has come into my radar. They have hit the headlines last week by the communities ordination of one of their members Nancy Corran. More about the ordination can be found here.
Obviously she was bravely ordained to serve their community and I wish them well. This is what the community says about themselves on their website which can be found here or by clicking on the banner above.
"Founded and convened by Rev. Dr. Jane Via, Mary Magdalene Apostle Catholic Community, welcomes all and reaches out to those who are marginalized. We are dedicated to living the Gospel values of compassion, peace and social justice as taught and exemplified by Jesus the Christ.
We are committed to the full equality of women and men in a transformed Roman Catholic Church and world. In prophetic response to the Spirit, we are actively creating a new model of church community as a discipleship of equals through radical inclusiveness in language, worship and ministry. We seek to be mindful of our stewardship of the earth and to practice environmental responsibility for God's creation."