Pope Francis, Meet Your Priest, Ludmila Javorova

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Women's Ordination Conference and FutureChurch Present: 
Pope Francis, Meet Your Priest, Ludmila Javorova 

with Sr. Miriam Therese Winter, Ph.D., author of "Out of the Depths: The Story of Ludmila Javorova Ordained Roman Catholic Priest."

 

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When Pope Francis travels to Slovakia next week (September 12 - 15, 2021),  he will visit his Jesuit brothers and likely recall the heroism of Jesuit priest, Ján Chryzostom Korec, who, under Communist rule, was secretly ordained a bishop (at the age of 27) and carried out his underground pastoral ministry - work that landed him in prison. Korec was later made a cardinal by John Paul II.

Yet, Pope Francis will not spend time with 89 year-old Ludmila Javorova, a Catholic woman who put her duty to care for the Church and God's people over her need for safety by becoming a secretly, but fully ordained as a priest under the communist regime.   During the Soviet era in Czechoslovakia, Catholic religious orders were banned, and most existing clergy were forced into military service, jailed, sent to forced labour camps, tortured and in some instances, murdered.  Still, Javorova risked her life alongside these brave women and men.  Ordained in 1970, Javorova became vicar general for a major branch of the underground Czech church for twenty years.  

Ludmilla Javorova became the first woman ordained to the priesthood to tell her story publicly, confiding her experience in its entirety with Sr. Miriam Therese Winter who published her authorized biography in 2001. 

Join us as Sr. Miriam Therese Winter shares her story of meeting Ludmila and how they became very close friends along the way.  We will also discuss the implications of her clandestine ordination and the Vatican's effort to "erase" it because Ludmila was a priest who was a woman. This story is important for women and men in the church as Pope Francis journeys to meet Catholics in Slovakia this next week and celebrate those who courageously protected and pastored Catholics when the times called for such selfless measures.   

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Join FutureChurch and the Women's Ordination Conference for this very special presentation from Miriam Therese Winter on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 at 12 noon Eastern Time.