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. 

Although we are a Catholic community, we are not connected with the institutional parish structure of the Roman Catholic Church, whose laws do not allow women or married persons to be ordained, divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion, or recognize that LGBTQ people need to be able to marry those with whom they fall in love. In Holy Wisdom we believe that our world as it is today 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. We do these things inspired by Jesus, whose ministry is always about healing, inclusion and welcome.

Holy Wisdom Inclusive Catholic Community celebrates Catholic Mass twice a month. Diane Smith Whalen and Kathleen Bellefeuille-Rice, ordained Roman Catholic Woman Priests, are the presiders at masses, at which gluten-free communion bread, wine, and grape juice are offered.

Holy Wisdom serves at the Community Kitchen

Click here to look at a selection of photos, courtesy of Sue Thompson, showing our volunteers at work in the kitchen.

Holy Wisdom at Pride Weekend

Dear Friends,

Thank you to all who participated in all the events surrounding Capital City Pride, including those who participated in vigils on Sunday and Friday, the Interfaith Prayer Service and the Parade. Thanks too, to those who staffed and brought artwork and cookies to share at our Holy Wisdom Table at Heritage Park. 

Blessings of peace to all, 
Diane                                                                                                                                                                       

Lin-Manuel Miranda said it best at the Tony Awards: Hope and Love last longer,  is love is love is love is love is love is love is love. This is in remembrance of the 49 innocent lives lost in Orlando and for all who grieve:

Thanks to Sue Thompson for the photos of Holy Wisdom participants in the Pride Parade.

Pope Says Christians Should Apologize to Gay People, the Poor, Exploited Women and Children

Pope Francis extends apologies to gay people, the poor, exploited women and children:

"I repeat what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says: that they must not be discriminated against, that they must be respected and accompanied pastorally," the pope told reporters Sunday aboard the papal plane returning from Armenia to Rome.
“I think that the church not only should apologize to the person who is gay whom it offended, but it must also apologize to the poor as well, to the women who have been exploited, to children who have been exploited by (being forced to) work. It must apologize for having blessed so many weapons,” Francis added.

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Helping the Helpers: Refugee Trauma Training

Evan Welkin and Federica Faggioli, members of the Holy Wisdom community, are in Italy helping train refugee helpers. They say:

The world is facing the largest refugee crisis in a generation. With your help, we can train those who work with refugees to better recognize and respond to the effects of trauma.
Individuals who work with traumatized people are at risk for trauma effects if they are not properly trained. This workshop prepares those on the front lines of the refugee crisis to identify signs of trauma and respond in a way that prevents future harm.

Find out more at their fund-raising page and get updates at their Facebook page.

Women Priests and the Vatican

Dr. Bridget Mary Meehan, Roman Catholic Womanpriest says, "In this Year of Mercy, designated by Pope Francis, this story provides a glimmer of hope. The Vatican has literally cracked open its door in a gesture of openness to women priests for the first time." Her post on Bridget Mary's Blog details how the movement to ordain the women was has been met with absolute, unyielding from the Vatican: "In previous years as an activist for women priests, our efforts in Rome were met with demonstrable resistance."  

She is a prolific writer of books about women's spirituality. Many can be found at Amazon here.