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While You’re Waiting, We’ll Be Moving Forward In Hope

February 20th, 2010, Promulgated by Dr. K

Several more Diocese of Rochester personalities have affixed their names to the “What If We Just Said Wait” petition since the last installment. As always, here are the latest priests, deacons, religious, and lay “ministers” to sign the petition calling for a delay if not derailment of the revised English translations of the Roman Missal. By the way, they have until Advent of 2011 to prepare.

Latest ordained/religious to sign the petition (a LOT of sisters have signed since last time):
-Fr. Paul J. Ryan – Priest – No idea who he is, where he’s stationed, or if he’s even a priest anymore. Used to be pastor out in Hamlin.
-Diane Branch – Religious
-Kathleen Ann Kolb RSM – Religious
-Rita Jongen SSJ – Religious
-Catherine Pfelger RSM – Religious
-Nancy Whitley RSM – Religious
-Anonymous – Religious
-Mary Louise Mitchell SSJ – Religious – The president of the Sisters of St. Joseph.
-Catherine Heverin – Religious
-Margaret Deegan RSM – Religious
-Anonymous – Religious
-3 named lay ministers and 3 anonymous

Total new signers: 17

Note- An obvious Spiritus Christi priest is not included.

So, the updated totals now of people who have signed the petition from the Diocese of Rochester:
Priests- 18
Deacons- 3
Religious- 23
Lay “Ministers”- 28

Updated lists in image form (click to enlarge) as copied and compiled from the petition are all available online for everyone to see at their site:

Lay “Ministers”

Previous edition here.

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4 Responses to “While You’re Waiting, We’ll Be Moving Forward In Hope”

  1. Mike says:

    Dr. K.,

    The 2009 Official Catholic Directory, which lists data as of 1/1/2009, only knows of 2 priests named Paul Ryan. One is from the Archdiocese of Boston and the other from the Diocese of San Antonio. Both appear to be retired.

    A little more digging through my OCD collection shows a Fr. Paul J. Ryan serving in Hamlin through the 2004 edition. He is absent from all subsequent editions.

    Furthermore, he also appears to be one of the 35 DOR priest-signatories to a 2004 letter objecting to Church language vis-a-vis homosexuals (see here).

  2. Anonymous says:

    This Mr. Ryan probably is a "married priest", either to a woman or a man.

    Odds tipped in favor on man.

  3. Dr. K says:

    Re: Anon 1:04…

    I think you may be right. I did a little digging, and it appears that Mr. Paul J. Ryan did leave the priesthood to marry a woman named Brigid (who coincidentally was working at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton until, you guessed it, 2004).

    This man should not be referring to himself as a priest anymore if he is suspended for breaking his promise of celibacy. I know, I know… "You are a priest forever." However, he should have been suspended, and that would make it inappropriate for him to call himself "priest."

    Looks like there are several "married priest[s] from Rochester, NY."

    ~Dr. K

  4. Anonymous says:

    Yes, that is a picture of the former Fr. P.J. Ryan.

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