An Open Letter from the People of God
to the Bishops of the United States

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Dear Bishops:

On a trip home from Tel Aviv, Pope Francis stated, "Celibacy is not a dogma of faith, it is a rule of life that I appreciate a great deal and I believe it is a gift for the Church. The door is always open given that it is not a dogma of faith." And in a recent conversation with Bishop Erwin Krautler, Pope Francis discussed the priest shortage and future of the priesthood in Brazil urging the Bishop and all local bishops to be "courageous" and to make concrete suggestions on the possibilities available to assist in this crisis, including expanding the priesthood to include married men.

Now, we are looking to you, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to follow Pope Francis' call to be courageous in seeking solutions to our growing priest shortage and to present these solutions to Rome.

As you know well, over the past forty years, the Roman Catholic Church in the United States and worldwide has experienced a steadily worsening priest shortage. At first, the process was so gradual that it was hardly noticed. But now, the rapidity of the decline is having a devastating impact on parish and sacramental life.

According to a 2008 Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate study, half of the 19,302 active diocesan priests plan to retire by 2019. We are ordaining about 380 new diocesan priests each year. In just eight years, we will have only 13,500 active diocesan priests to serve our 18,000 parishes, presuming ordinations remain constant, as they have for over a decade.

Following Pope Francis' model we urge the USCCB to undertake a fresh examination of our early church tradition of a married and celibate priesthood, a diaconate served by women and men, and invite priests who have married back to ministry. Please encourage local bishops to open this important dialogue at a diocesan level particularly in the areas most affected by the priest shortage.

We also ask the USCCB to open a discussion of these issues at their general assemblies with a view to presenting concrete suggestions for opening ordination to Pope Francis.

We call on you, our bishops and brothers in Christ, to encourage discussion of the genuine reform so necessary to the future of the Church. We have an opportunity to save our church from a future wrought with priest-less parishes and Mass-less Catholics; we urge you go take action now.

May God bless our Church with people of vision, wisdom and courage.


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Open Letter Signers (1306 total)

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  • Alabama (5 Signers)
    • Birmingham (2 Signers)
      1. Joan Bowen
      2. Cathy Bloemer
    • Mobile (3 Signers)
      1. Ulla Levinson
      2. Sandy Halperin
      3. Beth Saba
  • Alaska (6 Signers)
    • Anchorage (4 Signers)
      1. Kay Gajewski Gajewski
      2. Debra Wickler
      3. Mary Lou Jorgensen-Bacher
      4. Anne Kilkenny
    • Fairbanks (1 Signer)
      1. Jean Brinich
    • Juneau (1 Signer)
      1. Patricia Ware
  • Arizona (20 Signers)
    • Phoenix (14 Signers)
      1. Fran Clarida
      2. William Burke
      3. Kathy Jorgensen
      4. Camille Shaffer
      5. Don Brunner
      6. Margaret Garguilo
      7. Leo Graff
      8. william Shea
      9. marykay stewart
      10. Barbara Rider
      11. Margaret Mary Garguilo
      12. Dave Fronske
      13. Barbara Rider
      14. Patricia Orlinski
    • Tucson (6 Signers)
      1. Alma Sychuk
      2. James McIntosh
      3. John Kaltsas
      4. Joanne Myers
      5. Carlos Solorzano
      6. Nick De Los Reyes
  • California (100 Signers)
    • Fresno (2 Signers)
      1. Ann Kinkor
      2. Priscilla Guest
    • Los Angeles (23 Signers)
      1. Christine Milne
      2. Donna Ambrogi
      3. Rev. Gene Baum
      4. Maureen McLaughlin
      5. Jeannette Love
      6. Matilda Callahan-Wright
      7. Lenore Dowling
      8. Eleanor Ortega
      9. Mary Ann O'Connor
      10. Dennis Hardwick
      11. Marie Foley
      12. Duncan Tooley
      13. John Hydar
      14. Thomas Minahan
      15. Judy Campbell
      16. Rosemary O. Tamayo
      17. Edward J Gallagher
      18. Jan Costello
      19. Flor Montero
      20. Maureen Serra
      21. Michael Briley
      22. Mary Howell
      23. Rev. Gene Baum
    • Monterey (3 Signers)
      1. Patrick Dowd
      2. Mary Lee Becwar
      3. Tonimarie Murphy
    • Oakland (11 Signers)
      1. Mark Gotvald
      2. Antoinette L. Daniele
      3. Ellen Augustine
      4. William Boylan
      5. Rodger Powers
      6. Morris Augustine
      7. Irene Obera
      8. Eugene Long
      9. James Madden
      10. Sharon Chipman
      11. Rita Mitchell
    • Orange (10 Signers)
      1. Jean and Frank Forbath
      2. Mary Cappellini
      3. Kathleen Esfahani
      4. Sandy Putnam
      5. leland j. bellot PhD
      6. Marilyn Wagner
      7. Philip McGovern
      8. Maryjean Harper
      9. Jenny Drago-Nachreiner
      10. Ann Egan
    • Sacramento (12 Signers)
      1. Patsy Fine
      2. Donald Taylor
      3. Joan Matson
      4. Margaret and John Wright
      5. robert iavelle
      6. Penelope Tafoya
      7. Mary McGrath
      8. Ray Guertin
      9. Stephen Ruggiero
      10. Elizabeth Schooss
      11. Denise Johnston
      12. Patricia Boynton
    • San Bernardino (8 Signers)
      1. Carol Nolan, S.P.
      2. anne eggleston
      3. Barbara Redmond
      4. margaret hover
      5. Jeanne Harris OP
      6. Ray Hardwick, O.F.S.
      7. Peter Druker
      8. Tobias Meeker
    • San Diego (6 Signers)
      1. Joanne Tenney
      2. Roland Wilhelmy
      3. Mary Highland
      4. Douglas Slawson
      5. Ellen Caprio
      6. Joyce Meehan
    • San Francisco (10 Signers)
      1. Christine Wachsmuth
      2. monica olsen
      3. Dorothy Denko
      4. Marjorie Mohror
      5. Cathy Foxhoven
      6. Virginia Stella
      7. Roberta McLaughlin
      8. nancy mcdevitt
      9. Alicia Hammarskjold
      10. Mary Orfali
    • San Jose (7 Signers)
      1. Alicia Hammarskjold
      2. Ronald Avanzino
      3. Rita Fisher
      4. Marilyn Wilson
      5. RJ Avanzino
      6. Stan Fitzgerald
      7. Bob Pedretti
    • Santa Rosa (7 Signers)
      1. Hank Mattimore
      2. Michael Nicholls
      3. Dorothy Nickolai
      4. Patricia Dillaway
      5. Declan Cunniff
      6. Rosalie Steward
      7. Yvette Fallandy
    • Stockton (1 Signer)
      1. Donnieau Snyder
  • Colorado (9 Signers)
    • Colorado Springs (4 Signers)
      1. James McLellan
      2. Jim Schumacher
      3. RoseAnn Barmann, OSB.
      4. Helen Zecha OSB
    • Denver (5 Signers)
      1. Tom Stumpf
      2. Catherine Hanisits
      3. Elizebeth Kearney
      4. mary alyce behrns
      5. Rita Hanneman
  • Connecticut (36 Signers)
    • Bridgeport (7 Signers)
      1. Sandee Spellmann
      2. John E Healy
      3. Brenda Lydecker
      4. Betsy Bowen
      5. Jocelyn Collen, M.Div.
      6. Franey Donovan
      7. Susan O'Shea
    • Hartford (25 Signers)
      1. Margaret Lareau
      2. Christopher Matt
      3. John Ryan
      4. Tom Paulus
      5. Suzanne Travers
      6. Mary Blume
      7. Edward Diemente
      8. Michael Aparo
      9. Mary Ellen Casey
      10. John Cullen
      11. Ruth Anne Thompson
      12. nancy scanlon
      13. Thomas Casey
      14. William Gilles
      15. Gloria Earls
      16. judith brennan
      17. Margaret Urban
      18. Sheila & Louis Gerundo
      19. Patricia Colla
      20. elaine driscoll
      21. Robert Dickinson
      22. David L Donoghue
      23. Eugene and Lorraine Rosenquest
      24. Maureen F McDermott
      25. sister christel nolan
    • Norwich (4 Signers)
      1. Sandra Y. Rueb
      2. Joanne Marriott
      3. Bill Maune
      4. Pat Dubos
  • Delaware (16 Signers)
    • Wilmington (16 Signers)
      1. Mary Lou Pappolla
      2. Ellen Fanjoy
      3. John Rupertus
      4. Mary Louise Chesley-Cora
      5. Anne Deming
      6. Tricia Herron
      7. Margaret Hirsh
      8. Mary Casey
      9. Eleanor Horneman
      10. Alice O'Brien
      11. Loretta Kilby
      12. Spring Davidson
      13. Gregory Corrigan
      14. Mark Vavala
      15. Bruce Byrolly
      16. Spring Davidson
  • Florida (59 Signers)
    • Miami (13 Signers)
      1. Elia Cuomo
      2. Margaret Watson
      3. Charles Cassini
      4. Jerry Alleyne_Nagee
      5. Bernice Stephens
      6. Carol Barnett
      7. Larry O'Toole
      8. Dorothy Okubo
      9. Catherine Carrasquillo
      10. Michele MacEachern
      11. Elia Cuomo
      12. Gail A Hills
      13. Mary Ann RRousseau
    • Orlando (7 Signers)
      1. Maureen Reed
      2. Adele Azar Rucquoi
      3. Ron Colwell
      4. Kathy Kotas
      5. Lawrence Kavanaugh
      6. PATRICIA HEFFERON
      7. peter zemelka
    • Palm Beach (8 Signers)
      1. ellen bigg
      2. Patrick Ward
      3. jay dolan
      4. Stephen Hayes
      5. Carmelann Powell
      6. James Patrick MC HUGH
      7. Rosa Maria Montenegro
      8. Deacon Steve Hayes
    • Pensacola-Tallahassee (2 Signers)
      1. Richard Hahner
      2. Maureen McGill
    • St. Augustine (4 Signers)
      1. George Lee
      2. Frank Binghi
      3. Mary Jane Harris
      4. Susan Gallo
    • St. Petersburg (8 Signers)
      1. Frances Mathews
      2. James Petru
      3. frances bogan
      4. Suzanne Lynch
      5. Gerard Vernot
      6. Desmond Daly
      7. William Weiskopf
      8. Robert Johnson
    • Venice (17 Signers)
      1. Ronald Ferreri
      2. John Cullen
      3. Dr. Rosemary Giovannone
      4. Jeanne Keating
      5. Joanne Thomas
      6. Bernadette Thibodeau
      7. Paula Mattras
      8. Ernest Zavodnyik
      9. Dr. John Dwyer
      10. Ernest Zavodnyik
      11. Joanne Garramone-Halt
      12. John Hollohan
      13. Lillian Del Seni
      14. Mike Devlin
      15. Francis Hussey
      16. David Doern
      17. Anne Norris
  • Georgia (8 Signers)
    • Atlanta (6 Signers)
      1. Patricia Caraher
      2. Lori Bell
      3. John Dearie
      4. Eileen Perkins
      5. Edward Gonzalez
      6. Richard Weiner
    • Savannah (2 Signers)
      1. Lynn Norris
      2. Denise Lonergan,SFCC
  • Hawaii (2 Signers)
    • Honolulu (2 Signers)
      1. Ginger Westerman
      2. Elizabeth Hasan
  • Idaho (7 Signers)
    • Boise (7 Signers)
      1. Helen Churchill
      2. Donna Dennard
      3. Larry Harpe
      4. Hal Newman
      5. Linda Dixon
      6. Dick Wittman
      7. Tom Nagle
  • Illinois (71 Signers)
    • Belleville (2 Signers)
      1. Louise lyons
      2. joan O'Brien
    • Chicago (41 Signers)
      1. Jack Harold
      2. Anne Parkinson
      3. Gloria Callaci
      4. Mary Sotir
      5. Mary Trauscht
      6. Andrea Gagliani
      7. Richard Kaczmarek
      8. Mary Sluka
      9. Sister Mary Ellen Meckley
      10. Edda Hackl
      11. Julian Bueno
      12. Marilynn Snider
      13. Roberta Nye
      14. Katie Regalado
      15. Louisa Newberry
      16. Paulette Finnegan
      17. Corinne Loyn
      18. Mary Lu Larsen
      19. Jim Crane
      20. Therese Goodrich
      21. janice merten
      22. Janet Starr
      23. Margaret Moriarty
      24. Susan Vorwerk
      25. John Dohr
      26. Sarah Szopinski
      27. Mary Kreinbring
      28. John Mammoser
      29. David Corcoran
      30. Anonymous Anonymous
      31. Joseph Weber
      32. Enrique Magana
      33. Patrick Lyons
      34. Anne Brennan
      35. Robert Harrison
      36. Ronald Stein
      37. William Bazzett
      38. John Mammoser
      39. David Corcoran
      40. Judy Schindler
      41. Julie Ford
    • Joliet (16 Signers)
      1. Gregory Zimmerman
      2. Dorothy Paperiello
      3. Mary Lou King
      4. Helen Vahling
      5. Patricia Irr
      6. john ormins
      7. Robert Wallace
      8. John Sewell
      9. Bob Scanlan
      10. John and Lira Pimenta
      11. Nancy Donatelli
      12. Robert Donatelli
      13. Maureen Donatelli
      14. Cheryl Bartz
      15. Yesenia Hernandez
      16. Helen Vahling
    • Peoria (3 Signers)
      1. Mary Lou Menches
      2. Mike Bromley
      3. Carolyn Gray
    • Rockford (8 Signers)
      1. Peg Hoffmiller
      2. John Fox
      3. Joan Schmelzle
      4. John Kavalunas
      5. Christine Krause
      6. Meaghan Pottorff
      7. Jacqueline Jevne
      8. Sandra Stilling-Seehausen
    • Springfield-Illinois (1 Signer)
      1. Alice Adcock
  • Indiana (30 Signers)
    • Fort Wayne-South Bend (10 Signers)
      1. Dorothy A. Pedtke Sr.
      2. Jane Philips
      3. Mary Newbauer
      4. Judith Davis
      5. Robert Hohl
      6. Colleen Wieber
      7. Ginny Hoot
      8. Faye Westropp
      9. Judith A Cox
      10. Jerome Welch
    • Gary (2 Signers)
      1. Carol Kerr
      2. Kathleen Quinn
    • Indianapolis (16 Signers)
      1. Mark Poirier
      2. MaryJo Matheny
      3. Mary Heins
      4. Brian Gilmartin
      5. Nancy Holle
      6. Martin Peter
      7. David Johnson
      8. Joyce Johnson
      9. cynthia Dewes
      10. Bernard Batto
      11. Mary Alice Devor
      12. Helen Welter
      13. Teresa Batto
      14. Martin Peter
      15. Mary Brennan Miller
      16. Ted von Eiff
    • Lafayette (2 Signers)
      1. Ted von Eiff
      2. Roberta Allen
  • Iowa (10 Signers)
    • Davenport (7 Signers)
      1. Thomas Baldridge
      2. Mary Ellen Stinski
      3. Jean Junis
      4. Richard Roberts
      5. Olive Finn
      6. Bart Finn
      7. caridad inda
    • Des Moines (3 Signers)
      1. Jim Noble
      2. Charlotte Noble
      3. Catherine Tippins
  • Kansas (5 Signers)
    • Kansas City (2 Signers)
      1. patricia hayden
      2. Barbara A Cordts
    • Salina (2 Signers)
      1. Roberta Kromm
      2. Mary Ann Fleming
    • Wichita (1 Signer)
      1. Patricia Andra
  • Kentucky (16 Signers)
    • Covington (2 Signers)
      1. David Roeding
      2. Susan Vogt
    • Lexington (1 Signer)
      1. suzanne schirmer
    • Louisville (10 Signers)
      1. Julia Hanlon
      2. Sr. Elaine DesRosiers
      3. Lucille Phipps
      4. Carol Harris
      5. Lana Kelly Fitzgerald
      6. Mary Burkardt
      7. Margaret Soergel
      8. Rev. James Flynn
      9. Therese Arru
      10. Dorothy Poppe
    • Owensboro (3 Signers)
      1. Mary Danhauer
      2. connie nugent
      3. Cynthia Huff
  • Louisiana (10 Signers)
    • Houma-Thibodaux (1 Signer)
      1. Kathleen Cuneo
    • Lafayette (1 Signer)
      1. Bradley Leger
    • Lake Charles (1 Signer)
      1. Edward McNally
    • New Orleans (7 Signers)
      1. Elisabeth Tetlow
      2. Jennifer Molina
      3. William Edwards
      4. Louis Arceneaux
      5. James Cronin
      6. Terry Johnson
      7. Roma Gibson-King
  • Maine (11 Signers)
    • Portland (11 Signers)
      1. Peter Vance
      2. Patricia Heinz
      3. William Slavick
      4. Ursula Slavick
      5. john hines
      6. rosemary mclean
      7. Patricia Cross
      8. Darwin Hatheway
      9. Mary Ann Rousseau
      10. dianne smith
      11. Charles W Misner
  • Maryland (25 Signers)
    • Baltimore (25 Signers)
      1. Robert York
      2. Jane Gilsenan
      3. Thomas McNamara
      4. mary ann c. Ford
      5. Mary Nicholas Sommerfeldt
      6. Mary joan Jennings
      7. Carolynn Kendall
      8. Amy Carroll
      9. Rita McMullin
      10. Louise Gregg
      11. Nancy Radday
      12. jeff konyar
      13. theresa osullivan
      14. Mary Jo Piccolo
      15. eleanor lewis
      16. Mary Bunting
      17. Deborah LeClair
      18. Victor Delclos
      19. don henderson
      20. Charlotte Grahe
      21. Anne Maura English
      22. Alana Florio
      23. Anthony P. Kowalski
      24. Thomas Kincaid
      25. Rita Bueche
  • Massachusetts (68 Signers)
    • Boston (52 Signers)
      1. Tracy Colligan
      2. Elizabeth Walsh
      3. Eileen Luddy
      4. robert kiely
      5. Carlotta Gilarde CSJ
      6. Dorothy A. Keveny
      7. Owen Donnelly
      8. Elaine Quinlan
      9. Claire Lombardi
      10. Ron DuBois
      11. Mary Burke
      12. Leslie Altieri
      13. Beverly Spencer
      14. Linda Ballard,OSC
      15. Barbara Tenaglia
      16. gail collins
      17. Mary Sweeney
      18. Rosemary Walker
      19. John Whelan
      20. Sr. Gladys Marhefka
      21. Maurice DONOVAN
      22. Patrica Gomez
      23. Marjorie Kearney
      24. Linda Bates
      25. Cynthia Bergeron
      26. Rita DeBellis
      27. Kathleen DeFeo
      28. Walter Vaughan
      29. patricia heavey
      30. marie bolster
      31. albertus arling
      32. Ellen Stewart
      33. Anne Norris
      34. Eleanor MacLellan
      35. Richard W. Young
      36. Kathleen Tighe
      37. Ann Searing
      38. Wm. Connerney
      39. alex thomas
      40. Ann Zawistowski
      41. Michael McGuirk
      42. Suzanne Nocella
      43. Kathleen Bolen
      44. robert donnellan
      45. Dorothy Picot
      46. Alice Campanella
      47. Voice of the Faithful Perkins
      48. Mary Ryan
      49. Jimmy Tingle
      50. Marie clary
      51. Judy Swett
      52. Mary Ryan
    • Fall River (6 Signers)
      1. Charles Wolff
      2. Helen Marks
      3. Kathleen Carpenter
      4. Helene and Bill Doyle
      5. Ronald Pinheiro
      6. Louise DeSantis Deutsch. Aka Benedicta OblSB
    • Springfield (5 Signers)
      1. Henry Broer
      2. Ann Turner
      3. Maureen Carney
      4. Rosalind Forti
      5. Deacon Kevin McCarthy
    • Worcester (5 Signers)
      1. Barbara Trudel
      2. Kathleen McGrory
      3. Charles Oroszko
      4. Helen Zereski
      5. William Hurley
  • Michigan (64 Signers)
    • Detroit (36 Signers)
      1. Patrick Sanders
      2. George Ward
      3. Karen Donahue
      4. Gordon Judd
      5. Terry Viegas
      6. Laurie Cooper
      7. Dorothy Ritter
      8. Michaeline Lewandowski
      9. Thomas Lumpkin
      10. Monica Stuhlreyer
      11. Diane Bedard
      12. Mary Ellen Howard
      13. Deborah Mockeridge
      14. Judy Szczesny
      15. Larry carney
      16. Lois Nichols
      17. Linda Wilson
      18. Rachelle Harper
      19. Jolene Van Handel
      20. Mary Joan Schihl
      21. Chris Dixon
      22. Jillian Peck
      23. Earl LETISSIER
      24. Thomas Searl
      25. joe hanish
      26. Janet Wright
      27. Michele Matuszewski
      28. Judy Szczesny
      29. Patricia Wynn
      30. Nancy Goedert
      31. Mary Kay Martin
      32. Patricia Sandstrom
      33. Molly Distelrath
      34. ANITA Altawan
      35. Carol McPharlin
      36. Robert Schramm
    • Gaylord (5 Signers)
      1. Jim Toczynski`
      2. thomas hagan
      3. Georganne Denis
      4. Eileen Swider
      5. Terry Baumann
    • Grand Rapids (4 Signers)
      1. Armgard Everett
      2. jim jim
      3. Mary Ellen Novakoski
      4. Stephen Nichols
    • Kalamazoo (4 Signers)
      1. Jayne Fitzgerald
      2. Frank Skeltis
      3. Tony Nelson
      4. Mary Kenney
    • Lansing (9 Signers)
      1. Jeanne Yonan
      2. Gail Beaver
      3. ED DORNAN
      4. Marjorie Clough
      5. Thomas Thelen
      6. Agnes Pastorino
      7. Elaine Karle
      8. Bernadette Straney
      9. Ronald Harbin
    • Saginaw (6 Signers)
      1. joan McCoy
      2. Olympia DeAgostino
      3. Gerry Bishop
      4. cheryl bates
      5. Clarissa Heil
      6. Susan Dusseau
  • Minnesota (50 Signers)
    • Duluth (2 Signers)
      1. James Reinke
      2. judith kramerich
    • New Ulm (1 Signer)
      1. Christine Hassenstab JD, PhD
    • St. Cloud (4 Signers)
      1. Malcolm Nazareth
      2. Bernard Ament
      3. John Schlichting
      4. Sharon Vipond
    • St. Paul-Minneapolis (40 Signers)
      1. Hal Picquet
      2. frank moriarty
      3. Barbara Larson
      4. Mary Ann O'Reilley
      5. Bonita Strand
      6. Rob Super
      7. Beverly Bailey
      8. Russ & Pat Hanson
      9. Bill & Jan Daly
      10. Bernice Brown
      11. Rev. Kevin Clinton
      12. Michael Dennis Browne
      13. Thomas Daly
      14. William Hodapp
      15. Sarah Heil-Brenny
      16. Elizabeth Dostal
      17. Mary Gallagher
      18. Robert Walz
      19. Carolyn Puccio
      20. Elmer Otto
      21. Florence Steichen
      22. Art Stoeberl
      23. Catherine Devoy
      24. Ernie Stelzer
      25. Rose Marie Assad
      26. Mary Ritten
      27. Lawrence Clemens
      28. Virgil Mathiowetz
      29. nina holiday-lynch
      30. Wayne Olson
      31. Rosemary Rockwell
      32. Tina Springer
      33. Jan Fuchs
      34. Phyllis Olson
      35. Barb Michaels-Rauen
      36. Donna Kavanaugh
      37. Ann Schmidt
      38. Bernard J Grisez
      39. Janet Daly
      40. Kathleen Ryan
    • Winona (3 Signers)
      1. Frank McIlmail
      2. Alice Zachmann SSND
      3. Loretta Boyer
  • Mississippi (2 Signers)
    • Jackson (2 Signers)
      1. William McAnally
      2. Jeremy Tobin
  • Missouri (35 Signers)
    • Jefferson City (1 Signer)
      1. Robert Heinz
    • Kansas City/St. Joseph (5 Signers)
      1. Catherine Thiel
      2. Carol Hynek
      3. Meredith Bell
      4. Jean Stemmermann
      5. Susan Long
    • St. Louis (29 Signers)
      1. Margaret Repking-Asbury
      2. Sally ONeill
      3. Gary Vogt
      4. tom flanagan
      5. Patricia Martens Balke
      6. susan klepper
      7. Loretto Gettemeier
      8. Rosemarie Stuhlman
      9. Elisabeth Boone
      10. Jo Niemann
      11. Gerald Kleba
      12. JOAN TRUNNELL
      13. william bollwerk
      14. Louise Bullock
      15. Bill Barrett
      16. Sharon ryan
      17. Sheryl Renken
      18. joan moorhem
      19. Susan Flanagan
      20. Diane Gozdzialski
      21. Janet Kuciejczyk
      22. Christina Nassif
      23. Sheila Wiley
      24. Leona Bochantin
      25. Maureen Rauscher
      26. Robert Schutzius
      27. Leona Bochantin
      28. teresa jorgen
      29. Veronica Gilliland
  • Montana (4 Signers)
    • Great Falls-Billings (1 Signer)
      1. Johnelle Howanach
    • Helena (3 Signers)
      1. Patricia McNeive
      2. Dennis Semprini
      3. Marie Corr
  • Nebraska (5 Signers)
    • Grand Island (1 Signer)
      1. Charles E. Kelliher
    • Lincoln (1 Signer)
      1. Robert Peters
    • Omaha (3 Signers)
      1. James Peistrup
      2. Barb Considine
      3. Susan Arens
  • Nevada (1 Signer)
    • Reno (1 Signer)
      1. Barbara Guerin
  • New Hampshire (10 Signers)
    • Manchester (10 Signers)
      1. Barton McLaine
      2. Kenneth Calabria
      3. Marie Danielson
      4. Francis Hallahan
      5. Rose Marie Lanier
      6. Cheryle Bartolo
      7. Mary Connell
      8. JOHN HOSTAGE
      9. rosanne santos
      10. Elaine Duclos
  • New Jersey (51 Signers)
    • Camden (3 Signers)
      1. Nancy Rocereto
      2. Stanley Ciurczak
      3. Jeremiah Feehan
    • Metuchen (7 Signers)
      1. Sarah C O'Malley
      2. linda rutter
      3. Frank Pasquariello
      4. Kathleen Seltzer
      5. Helen H. Schuler
      6. Ellen Chmiel
      7. Kathleen Seltzer
    • Newark (16 Signers)
      1. Eugene McCarthy
      2. Grace Seitzer
      3. Ed Casey
      4. Josie P.
      5. Ellen Magarelli
      6. Sheila Conroy
      7. Lisa Lawlor
      8. Bernie Aurin
      9. Margaret Morley
      10. Sally Monahan,RN
      11. Maureen Duane
      12. Ann O'Connell
      13. veronica worman
      14. Maureen Duane
      15. Veronica Bearison
      16. Rosalie Maude
    • Paterson (8 Signers)
      1. Nicholas Calamusa
      2. Theresa Padovano
      3. Ellen O'Rourke
      4. Mary Gannon
      5. Sharon Davis
      6. Patricia Murphy
      7. Norbert Langer
      8. Gerard Federici
    • Trenton (17 Signers)
      1. Robert Kuser
      2. Virginia deBuys
      3. Joe Garipoli
      4. John Thawley
      5. LJ Anaradian
      6. Regina Ratzlaff
      7. Thomas Keevey
      8. Mary Ann Bentz
      9. Katherine M Mainzer
      10. Kathleen Vignolini
      11. Tom Keevey
      12. catherine keevey
      13. Mary Leonard
      14. Kristine Reide
      15. Mary Louise Hartman
      16. Mary Ann Bentz
      17. Deirdre Schlosser
  • New Mexico (18 Signers)
    • Las Cruces (1 Signer)
      1. Kathy & Phil Dahl-Bredine
    • Santa Fe (17 Signers)
      1. Alvin Mente
      2. James Hanlon
      3. Gloria Cordova, PhD
      4. Nona Lee Gregg
      5. Anita Obermeier
      6. Najla Sluder
      7. Joanna Harmon
      8. Morrie Pongratz
      9. Judy Andrews
      10. B. Ann O'Connor, ofs
      11. Dr. Anita Obermeier
      12. Emma L Fitzpatrick
      13. Rosalie Running
      14. Richard Running
      15. Denis McCarthy
      16. Albert Noyer
      17. Arlene Odenwald
  • New York (154 Signers)
    • Albany (6 Signers)
      1. Laurene O,Brien
      2. Marcia Lupe
      3. Dennis McDonald
      4. Susan Wieczynski, RSM
      5. Kathleen Duff
      6. Shylah Addante
    • Brooklyn (20 Signers)
      1. Veronica G. Powers
      2. William F Fritsch
      3. Karen Flynn
      4. Patricia Baumbach
      5. James Hamill
      6. Arthur P Cannella
      7. Maria Teresa Grieco
      8. Joan Petito
      9. Clara Santoro
      10. Patricia OKeefe
      11. Karen Cavanagh, CSJ
      12. Carmen Rodriguez
      13. W. Rudy Kamuf
      14. Gail Dougherty
      15. Geraldine Hapke
      16. Artemio Lebria
      17. Theresa Febles
      18. Joan Petito
      19. Marian Ronan, Ph.D.
      20. Maria Teresa Grieco
    • Buffalo (5 Signers)
      1. Deborah Finamore
      2. James S Parker Parker
      3. Susan Puleo
      4. Bob Domon
      5. sarah harding
    • New York (45 Signers)
      1. Rosemarie McGrath
      2. Donald Brophy
      3. Anne Morrison
      4. ROBERT KALIAN
      5. Linda Kalian
      6. Timothy Wohlstadter-Rocha
      7. margaret Cashman
      8. James Smith
      9. Dorothea Richter
      10. MARTIN KING
      11. Mary Kay Finneran SC
      12. Eileen Lennon
      13. Victoria Carlin
      14. Ginny Jones
      15. Winnie Sokolowski
      16. Shirley Frieko
      17. Mary Sugrue
      18. Bob Zillich
      19. Dorothy and Paul Nierman
      20. Adelaide Fallon
      21. Suellen Tozzi
      22. Judith Schiavo
      23. Anne Considine
      24. James English
      25. Jose Alcides Fernandez-Rodriguez
      26. Beth Hofstetter
      27. Edith Flanigen
      28. Margaret Donohue
      29. Christine Rohan
      30. Victor Tyne
      31. Fanchea Rabo
      32. Virginia Jarczynski
      33. Clemens Suen
      34. Suzanne Shaughnessy
      35. Robert Abate
      36. rita toohey
      37. Roxanne Williams
      38. charlotte Raftery
      39. Janet Vassallo
      40. Jeanette Calciano
      41. Suzanne Gallagher
      42. Dorothy Calvani
      43. Regina Murphy, SC
      44. Dr, Kathryn Mahon
      45. Astrid O'Brien
    • Ogdensburg (5 Signers)
      1. Paul Kelly
      2. Sheila Harrison
      3. Eunice Trombly
      4. Celine Macdougall
      5. Permelia Provost
    • Rochester (21 Signers)
      1. Julie Thomas
      2. Donald Holtz
      3. Theresa Maccarone
      4. Ellen Hyland
      5. Deirdre Hetzler
      6. Rosanne Young
      7. elizabeth maloney
      8. Gloria Ulterino
      9. Clare Gerber
      10. Georgia Crissy
      11. Lois Fahey
      12. Richard Wardell
      13. Mary Hussong-Kallen
      14. Denise Mack
      15. Bob Betterton
      16. Barbara Clark
      17. Robert Insull
      18. Marita VanDerveer
      19. Deirdre McKiernan Hetzler
      20. Gerry Clark
      21. Ellen Hyland
    • Rockville Centre (46 Signers)
      1. James Casey
      2. ann cappiello
      3. Thomas Donlon
      4. Dorothy Strynkowski
      5. Marilyn Clarke
      6. Stephen Kreischer
      7. Mary Donlon
      8. Michael Cortese
      9. Emilie Sair
      10. William E Scott
      11. Mary Zopf
      12. Jane E. Serio
      13. Marie Natoli
      14. Jacqueline Sullivan
      15. Daniel Breen
      16. Joseph Hassan
      17. Thomas McCormick
      18. BOB DITTMEIER
      19. Patricia Smith
      20. Katherine Megali
      21. Veronica Forberger
      22. Andrew Blake
      23. Edwin Hess
      24. Pamela Walsh
      25. John Dagney
      26. Marianne Gschlecht
      27. Mary Weiler
      28. Mary Anne & Thomas Geskie
      29. Eda Lorello
      30. Judith Grillo
      31. Mary Masterson
      32. Barbara Kenney
      33. Richard & Patricia Dina
      34. Marybeth Amante
      35. KATHLEEN KEEVINS
      36. Pat Kenny
      37. jean prochilo
      38. Jim Casey
      39. John Ryan
      40. Erica Marquardt
      41. James Philipps
      42. Mgt Caverley
      43. Robin Senior
      44. Laura Giardino
      45. Veronica McCormack
      46. Helen Courtney
    • Syracuse (6 Signers)
      1. Patricia Hubbard
      2. Robert Christman
      3. John Ziegler
      4. Joanne Corey
      5. Theresa Zehe
      6. John Bay
  • North Carolina (19 Signers)
    • Charlotte (10 Signers)
      1. Patricia Davies
      2. marilyn duraj
      3. Aleta Galusha
      4. Barbara McGrattan
      5. Linda Gibbons
      6. Lee Bucci
      7. diane stout
      8. Janice Valder Offerman
      9. Rosalynd Storer
      10. Janna Fitzgerald
    • Raleigh (9 Signers)
      1. John Modrak
      2. Sue and Larry Yarger
      3. noreen ordronneau
      4. Brian O'Grady
      5. Marisa Whitesell
      6. Robert Reeber, PhD
      7. Joanne Harrell
      8. Grace Loyack
      9. Darryl Ann Powers
  • North Dakota (1 Signer)
    • Fargo (1 Signer)
      1. Tim Mathern
  • Ohio (126 Signers)
    • Cincinnati (40 Signers)
      1. Don Drake
      2. Katharine Robertshaw
      3. Jason Bruewer
      4. Christine Schroder
      5. Barb Kelly
      6. Moe Nieman
      7. Pat Reaman
      8. Margaret Tojo
      9. robin madden
      10. Mary Scanlon
      11. phyllis konerman
      12. maxine potter
      13. Louis Schroder
      14. Polly Sandmann
      15. J. Robert Busam
      16. Carren Herring
      17. Deanna Spatz
      18. kate powers
      19. Jane K Smith
      20. James Weber
      21. Karen Hartman, SFP
      22. jOHN Wintz
      23. Mary Buchert
      24. Steven Johnston
      25. Marilyn Herring
      26. Pia Al-Ubaidi
      27. Gerard Ahrens
      28. Christina Eisenberg
      29. Saundra Willingham``
      30. Carroll Schleppi
      31. Joseph Wessling
      32. Mary Lee Busam
      33. Joseph Bracken
      34. Victor Forlani
      35. harry j .meyer,
      36. Mary Robinson
      37. Barbara Beimesch
      38. Ed Hoeffer
      39. Anna Mae Bullen
      40. Mary Ragland
    • Cleveland (69 Signers)
      1. Phil Doell
      2. Noel & Rose Marie Egensperger
      3. John Kendel
      4. Julie Randall
      5. Phil Marcin
      6. Linda Marcin
      7. Colleen Craven
      8. Joseph V Mestnik
      9. Nancy Crow
      10. Rosemarie Stangel
      11. Kathleen Dillon
      12. Maureen Gwynn
      13. Francis Henninger
      14. Mary Gohring
      15. Mary Wooley
      16. Ingrid Arsuaga
      17. Barb DeLeone
      18. Mary Tschantz
      19. Pat Schnee
      20. Mary Reiter
      21. Anne J Mahar
      22. Joe Wegrzynowski
      23. Madeleine Breen
      24. Cathy Jacob
      25. Michele Zelazny
      26. Lana Cowell
      27. mary thelen
      28. Oliver E Seikel
      29. Judith Sheehan
      30. Theresa Pretlow
      31. Diane Clemens
      32. Catherine Romancik, SND
      33. Frances Young
      34. James Connell
      35. mary warren
      36. Michele Ferrara
      37. constance herrron
      38. Diane Friebert
      39. paul schlimm
      40. Lynn Priemer
      41. Carol Anders
      42. kathryn Brown
      43. Diane LeBlanc
      44. Tom Carroll
      45. Barbara Schubert
      46. Christine Schenk
      47. Mary Ann McGuckin
      48. Mary Wynne
      49. Deborah Rose-Milavec
      50. Margie Pavone
      51. Charles Thomas
      52. Judith Wood osf
      53. Constance Herron
      54. Gintautas Sabataitis
      55. Kathy Rinehart
      56. deb rose
      57. Phyllis Finch
      58. Susan Lenahan
      59. Liz England
      60. liz england
      61. Karen Barta
      62. Catherine Deagan
      63. Lois Bluhm
      64. Kathy and Don Rynbrandt
      65. Barbara Belovich
      66. Vilde Chaya
      67. Susan Guzik
      68. Maureen Cerny
      69. Theresa Pretlow
    • Columbus (5 Signers)
      1. Patricia Baumann
      2. Rita Kerr
      3. Carol Lepley
      4. Eleanor Wagner
      5. Ann Andrews
    • Steubenville (1 Signer)
      1. Moira O'Dea
    • Toledo (7 Signers)
      1. Glen Strobel
      2. David Monroe
      3. Mary Good
      4. Pamela Hollenbeck
      5. Mary Good
      6. Robert Deck
      7. Robert Schramm
    • Youngstown (4 Signers)
      1. Bill & Pattie Wisniewski
      2. Jane Surmitis
      3. John Keenan
      4. Maeilyn Welcsh
  • Oklahoma (5 Signers)
    • Oklahoma City (2 Signers)
      1. Elizabeth Burr
      2. Thomas Litsch
    • Tulsa (3 Signers)
      1. Anne Sublett
      2. kay brown
      3. John (jack) Freese
  • Oregon (8 Signers)
    • Baker (2 Signers)
      1. Wilma Hens
      2. James Keller
    • Portland (6 Signers)
      1. carol lee
      2. Anthony Albert
      3. Ken Olsen
      4. Margaret Retz
      5. Bill Sifferle
      6. Gerald Stanley
  • Pennsylvania (65 Signers)
    • Allentown (2 Signers)
      1. Marianne Knight,IHM
      2. Mary Meagher Chadwick
    • Altoona-Johnstown (2 Signers)
      1. Joanne Rutkowski
      2. Robert Schadt
    • Erie (5 Signers)
      1. Anne McCarthy
      2. Marlene Bertke
      3. David L Martin
      4. Gerald Trambley
      5. Sister Bertke, OSB
    • Greensburg (1 Signer)
      1. Marcia Stiner
    • Harrisburg (7 Signers)
      1. Dante Fuligni
      2. Matthew Patterson
      3. Paul Roda
      4. Anthony R. Patterson Sr.
      5. egon de uriarte
      6. JanStephen Cavanaugh
      7. Elaine Pease
    • Philadelphia (36 Signers)
      1. Bernadette/William BARNHURST
      2. Marita Green
      3. Jason McClain
      4. Janet Harbauer
      5. Rosemary Costello
      6. Stephen Mahle
      7. Margaret Seidel
      8. Jean Rupertus
      9. jim stasheff
      10. Robert Burns
      11. vincent mirigliani
      12. Rebecca Zoltowski
      13. barbara Bogle
      14. Carol O'Hare
      15. Sister Dominica Lo Bianco
      16. Nina fritsch
      17. Rose Grelis
      18. Kathleen Palombaro
      19. Mary Fee
      20. Arline Schoenberger
      21. Daryl Kezell
      22. Janet M. Stevens
      23. Mary Grace Menta
      24. Carolyn Bjornson
      25. Regina Kropp
      26. Mary Jo Grethel
      27. B Soltis
      28. Rebecca Snyder
      29. elisa stuart wilkins
      30. Regina Bannan
      31. Mary LeFever
      32. Eleanor Harty
      33. Marguerite Groves
      34. Linette Schrieber
      35. Mary Bentz
      36. GRACE BERNARDI
    • Pittsburgh (8 Signers)
      1. Dale Urban
      2. Mary Ann Kaper
      3. Mary Celine miller
      4. Susanne Chenot
      5. Linda Juhascik
      6. David Repko
      7. M. Ford Reilly
      8. Carol Rosenberger
    • Scranton (4 Signers)
      1. Daniel G. Flannery, Esquire
      2. Marianne Lenihan
      3. nicholas mosunic
      4. Barbara L Fedoroff
  • Rhode Island (6 Signers)
    • Providence (6 Signers)
      1. Edward Greenan
      2. Earlene Mara
      3. Catherine Murray
      4. Maryalice Mullen
      5. Margaret Blair
      6. Catherine Gallacher
  • South Carolina (5 Signers)
    • Charleston (5 Signers)
      1. Edmund FitzGerald
      2. Theophil Schmitt
      3. Mary Steffes
      4. Ruthann Fox-Hines
      5. Ronald Naumann
  • South Dakota (2 Signers)
    • Sioux Falls (2 Signers)
      1. Mary Montoya
      2. Myra Remily
  • Tennessee (7 Signers)
    • Memphis (2 Signers)
      1. Susan Yates
      2. Brian Szorady
    • Nashville (5 Signers)
      1. Betty C. Dudney
      2. Cathy Randolph
      3. James Davidheiser
      4. Ann Clem
      5. Betty C Dudney
  • Texas (20 Signers)
    • Amarillo (1 Signer)
      1. Marvin Yates
    • Austin (3 Signers)
      1. Thomas Windberg
      2. John Dahmus
      3. Edward Blanchard
    • Brownsville (1 Signer)
      1. David Jackson
    • Dallas (6 Signers)
      1. Faye Milliken
      2. Debra Cook
      3. Lisa Coleman
      4. Madeline Zechman
      5. Rebecca Pitre
      6. Mary Stevenson
    • Ft. Worth (2 Signers)
      1. Diane Kruse
      2. James Rice
    • Galveston (3 Signers)
      1. wendy rudnicki
      2. Patricia Nemec
      3. Jo Collier
    • San Angelo (1 Signer)
      1. Francis Hymel
    • San Antonio (3 Signers)
      1. John Manahan
      2. Robert Strange
      3. Robert Walden
  • Utah (1 Signer)
    • Salt Lake City (1 Signer)
      1. Ann Howe
  • Vermont (9 Signers)
    • Burlington (9 Signers)
      1. patricia lehouiller
      2. Susan Moore
      3. Michael Barszewski
      4. Ursula Hirschmann
      5. William Cherico
      6. Anne Cherico
      7. Judith O'Brien
      8. Carol Williams
      9. Joseph Gainza
  • Virginia (22 Signers)
    • Arlington (12 Signers)
      1. Bbernard Martin
      2. William Casey
      3. Barbara Ewalt
      4. Elizabeth Pitera
      5. James Kelley
      6. Margaret Howe
      7. Ellen Radday
      8. Judy Christofferson
      9. Carol Kennedy
      10. Linda RyanNicklas
      11. Robert Stewart
      12. Bernie Byrne
    • Richmond (10 Signers)
      1. Mary Ann Haske
      2. Constance Porter
      3. Victoria Boyle
      4. Christine Bacon
      5. Kimberly Emery
      6. Caroline Weston
      7. Peggy Bischof
      8. Lynne Richardson
      9. John Rafferty
      10. Harold Przygocki
  • Washington (37 Signers)
    • Seattle (31 Signers)
      1. Susan Ring
      2. catherine Williams
      3. James Michal
      4. rosemary rognstad
      5. Mary Kay Krause
      6. Byron Brunelle
      7. Elizabeth McCarthy
      8. Kathleen & Dale Withey
      9. Minerva Hodis
      10. Dorothy Courtis
      11. Jeanette Rerecich
      12. Diane S. Whalen
      13. Nancy Cretsinger
      14. David O'Sullivan
      15. Thomas Hart
      16. John Lester
      17. Gregory H. Schuler
      18. Deacon Denny Duffell
      19. Shirley Adler
      20. Hilary Brixius
      21. Sarah McMahan
      22. Robert Marzullo
      23. Linda CLARK-ALLISON
      24. Helen Brennan
      25. M. Sally Riccobono
      26. Charlotte Sutherland
      27. Dee Bader
      28. Patrick Bader
      29. Louis Topel
      30. Laura Tenisci
      31. Virginia Clifford
    • Spokane (6 Signers)
      1. Karen Conlin
      2. Linda Heidenreich
      3. Kathleen Imholt
      4. dorothy sale
      5. Marie Ilch
      6. Karin Heller
  • Washington, DC (22 Signers)
    • Washington, DC (22 Signers)
      1. Marilyn Jenkinson
      2. Elizabeth Eisenhaur
      3. James Silverton
      4. robert hughes
      5. Dolores Ritter
      6. Fran Asbeck
      7. Teresita Schaffer
      8. Maryann Dolan
      9. Eleanore Raven-Hamilton
      10. Dr. Rea McDonnell
      11. Rose Marie Codling
      12. John Doyle
      13. Robert Anzelmo
      14. Kenneth Jones
      15. George Schaefer
      16. Rizalina Galicinao
      17. Charles W Misner
      18. Rose Berger
      19. Denise Curry
      20. Richard McGinnis
      21. JOHN ULLRICH
      22. Christina Bowen
  • West Virginia (1 Signer)
    • Wheeling-Charleston (1 Signer)
      1. Judith Ann Teufel, CSJ
  • Wisconsin (41 Signers)
    • Greenbay (9 Signers)
      1. Kathleen Gribble
      2. William Kessenich
      3. Karen Vater
      4. Alan Rommelfanger
      5. JUDITH VAN CASTER
      6. Darlene Ward
      7. Kathlyn Lange
      8. Mary Stusek
      9. Patricia Bero
    • LaCrosse (2 Signers)
      1. Dolores Henke,OSM
      2. Jerry Bennington
    • Madison (4 Signers)
      1. Frances Hoffman
      2. Lois Bernbeck
      3. Ruth Uppena
      4. Susanna Verschoore
    • Milwaukee (24 Signers)
      1. Susan Foti Bendix
      2. Gene Bendix
      3. Chuck McCall
      4. Francis Baiocchi
      5. Paul Misner
      6. Nicholas Schaeve
      7. cecelia deprey
      8. Dorothy Molling
      9. Mary Nowacki
      10. Helen Gourlay
      11. Joy Stadther
      12. Joseph Livlin
      13. Joyce Guinn
      14. Jean Ferstl
      15. Nick Narloch
      16. Sister Mary Ellen Paulson, O.P.`
      17. Carol Burczyk
      18. barbara messerknecht
      19. Jeffery Messerknecht
      20. Leanne Herda
      21. Betsy and Bill Erickson
      22. C. Virginia Finn
      23. Jean Ferstl
      24. Roxanne Ciatti
    • Superior (2 Signers)
      1. Kathleen Brossmer
      2. Jim and Mary Jean Smith
  • Wyoming (1 Signer)
    • Cheyenne (1 Signer)
      1. Robert Doherty
  • Diocese Unidentified (0 Signers)

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