Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community is a worshipping community grounded in Roman Catholic tradition and liturgy. Inspired by Vatican II, which described the Church as the “People of God,” we desire to bring this vision to the 21st Century and live it.
We are a Catholic community, but are not connected with the parish structure of the Roman Catholic Church. In Holy Wisdom we believe that our world demands we offer full participation to all who are gifted and prepared to serve in ministry--regardless of gender, sexual orientation or marital status. We also invite all to receive communion at the table of Christ. Diane Smith Whalen and Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice, ordained Roman Catholic Woman Priests, preside at masses, at which gluten-free communion bread, wine, and grape juice are offered.
Our community celebrates Catholic Mass on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month at 5:00 p.m at St. Benedict's Episcopal Church, 910 Bowker Street SE, Lacey, Washington 98503.
Fall Adult Education Program: Our Baptismal Priesthood
We invite all to attend a four-part adult education opportunity this fall focusing on our baptismal priesthood. The workshop will be facilitated by Joe McQuiston. All sessions will take place in St. Benedict’s Social Hall.
Session 1: Sunday October 23rd, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
The Energies of Love and Discovering Fire Again, based on the writings of
Teilhard de Chardin
Session 2: Sunday October 30th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
A Priesthood of Authentic Self-Discovery: Who Am I?
Session 3: Sunday November 6th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Spirit, Gifts and Fire: Spiritual Gifts Inventory
Session 4: Sunday November 20th, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Fire: Living out those gifts: How one finds real and realistic ways to do so, and the significance of being active in transforming both self and those whose lives we touch.
Joe worked with the Seattle Archdiocese for 32 years, from 1982 to 2014. Although he represented the institutional Catholic Church and her beliefs, Joe’s faith and his priorities have always allowed the Holy Spirit to lead his programs beyond conventional understanding. He believes that faith and reason must inform creed and tradition, and he encourages gradual transformation through both personal and communal reflection on the life of Jesus.
Western Region Retreat for RCWPs in California
Kathleen and Diane participated in their annual Western Region Retreat for RCWPs in California last week. Diane writes: We spent our first two days together prayerfully renewing our commitment to our own growth and to one another for the sake of our larger commitment to help bring needed changes to the church and world. This retreat time helped prepare us to listen more deeply with each other at our business meeting. At that meeting we talked about issues that face us as a community and ways we hope to grow and deepen over time.
Both Kathleen and Diane serve the RCWP community. Kathleen is the Western Region's representative to a national Vision Keepers Circle and Diane serves on the Western Region Program team, assisting in the formation of those preparing for ordination. Diane also often works with music for ordinations.
Holy Wisdom Volunteers Serve at the Community Kitchen
Holy Wisdom cooks and serves dinner on the first Monday of every month at The Community Kitchen in Olympia. Volunteers prepare a home-cooked meal from scratch, serving meatloaf from locally raised beef and organic vegetables from local organic farms and HW Community Members' home gardens. They also decorate the tables with fresh cut flowers.
If you would like to help in these efforts, contact Kathleen.
Click here to see a gallery of Holy Wisdom volunteers making and serving dinner at the Community Kitchen.
For more information on the the Community Kitchen, see their website here.