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Stories:  Vancouver's Roman Catholic
Woman Priest


Vikki Marie - Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest, July 2012

Victoria Marie was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Canada in 1965.

Pastor of Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Inclusive Catholic Community, Victoria Marie was ordained as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest in July 2012.

She has been a spiritual director since 1997 and worked in parish ministry as the coordinator of adult religious education for six years in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver until 2002.

She completed her BA (Sociology and Anthropology) and MA (Anthropology) at Simon Fraser University.  She has a PhD from the University of British Columbia (Educational Studies).  She will complete her Master of Divinity from the Vancouver School of Theology in May 2014. 

She is a spiritual director, researcher, activist and co-founder of the Vancouver Catholic Worker.

Her social justice interests have taken her to Kenya and Mexico; to Colombia with Witness for Peace; and to Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishnabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in north-western Ontario with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT).

Contact information

Our Lady of Guadalupe Tonantzin Community

Eucharist celebrated every second Sunday
Please see website for time.

Email:  sistersea@gmail.com
Website: tepeyacvancouver.wordpress.com/

Stories:  Sudbury's Roman Catholic
Woman Priest and RCWP Canada's Bishop


Marie Bouclin ordained a Roman Catholic Women Priest -  

May 27, 2007 and RCWP Canada Bishop - October 9, 2011

Marie Patricia Evans Bouclin, a former nun and high school teacher, worked as a free-lance translator in religion and ethics for over twenty years. She served for two terms on the national work group of the Catholic Network for Women's Equality (CNWE) and was coordinator of Women's Ordination Worldwide from 2002-2006.

Marie was ordained a deacon in August, 2006, to the priesthood on May 27, 2007 in Toronto, and ordained as the RCWP Bishop for Canada on October 9, 2011, in Germany.

She has been married to Albert Bouclin since 1968, and has three children and two grandchildren.

Her area of ministry is to women who have been abused by clergy.

She is the author of Seeking Wholeness: Women dealing with abuse of power in the Catholic Church (Liturgical Press, 2006). 

Contact information

Eucharist Celebrations:

Every third Wednesday – Sturgeon Falls (French)

Every third Thursday – Levain community (French)

Every third Sunday – Sourdough Faith Community (English)

Home Eucharist and Celebration of the Sacraments
– by arrangement

Email:  mbouclin@tyenet.com

Stories:  Calgary's Roman Catholic Woman Priest
Monica Kilburn-Smith ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest
- May 29, 2008


Monica Kilburn-Smith,  (M.T.S., Grad. Dip. Dance Therapy, B.A. Fine Arts) is a certified professional chaplain (Canadian Association of Spiritual Care).  She is currently working as Spiritual Care Director/Chaplain in a hospice.

Monica has two teen-aged daughters and lives in Calgary, Alberta, where she is the priest of St. Brigid of Kildare Catholic Faith Community. She is a trained Spiritual Director, Reiki Master and Healing Touch Practitioner, and is now studying for her Doctor of Ministry degree.

Monica is passionate about creative work in the intersections of spirituality, pastoral care, liturgy and the arts. She is committed to the development of healthy faith communities and to the empowering of women in claiming their wisdom, beauty and agency as beloveds of God.

Contact information

Liturgical Celebrations and Discussions:

St. Brigid's Community meets on the second Sunday of each month (upstairs) at 10 a.m. for mass; the third Tuesday of the month (downstairs) from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. for educational and discussion times; and the fourth Sunday of each month at 5 p.m. (upstairs) for contemplative style liturgies. All events are followed by refreshments and visiting time.

For more information, please contact the priest/pastor, Monica Kilburn-Smith
Kingsland Community Centre
505 - 78 Avenue SW Calgary, Alberta

Web site:  www.saintbrigids.org

Email:  celebrant@saintbrigids.org

Stories:  A Roman Catholic Woman Priest at Edmonton
Ruth Wasylenko ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest - March 31, 2012

Ruth Wasylenko wanted to be a priest since she was a little girl. Two grand uncles were priests and her family used to have the Eucharist in their home from time to time.  She was smitten.  She spent 24 years in a religious community thinking that was the next best thing. 

In the meantime she received a B.Ed from the University of Calgary and for the best part of her career taught special needs middle school teens and helped adapt the Religious Ed program to meet their needs.  Further studies gave her an M.Div. from Newman Theological College in Edmonton, then an M.Th. from St. Stephen's College at the University of Alberta.  Pastoral ministry in many areas has been an avocation over the years. 

Chronic illness has plagued Ruth for the past 20 years and in the fall of 2011 she was diagnosed with an aggressive, inoperable form of lung cancer.  She believes God has called her to priesthood.  She says she is grateful to have the time and place to respond as a priest of Emmaus Inclusive Catholic Community of Edmonton.

Contact information

Liturgical Celebrations and Hospitality:

Emmaus Inclusive Catholic Community Edmonton

Eucharist celebrated Sundays at 2:30 p.m.
Hospitality follows Liturgy.

Please contact Lori at
780-720-3444 or ldexter@telus.net


Stories:  A Roman Catholic Woman Priest at Sutton
Linda Spear ordained a Roman Catholic Woman Priest - October 9, 2010

Linda Spear was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1940 and raised in Winnipeg by her adoptive parents, Jack and Ena Spear.  After completing high school and a BA she entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary where she remained for five years, completing her novitiate and teaching junior and senior high school.

After completing a BEd and an MA in medieval history at University of Manitoba, she taught high school for another two years and then began studies for a Licentiate in Medieval Studies at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, and a PhD in medieval studies at University of Toronto.  Thesis topics were: Aelred of Rievaulx and Julian of Norwich, Meditation Techniques in the Twelfth Century and The Treatment of Sexual Sin in Irish Latin Penitential Literature.

After completing her studies in Montréal, Linda taught for many years at the high school and college levels in Montréal, at the same time completing an MA in Pastoral Theology in French at the Université de Montréal.  During this time she served as a volunteer chaplain at the Newman Centre, McGill University, and President of Dignity, Montréal.  Finally, after thirty years of teaching, she retired to the ski resort of Sutton in the Eastern Townships of Québec, southeast of Montréal.

In Sutton Linda became involved in the ecumenical movement which sponsors discussion groups, guest speakers such as Gregory Baum, ecumenical celebrations including an annual Out Mass and ecumenical liturgies.

Linda was ordained Oct. 9, 2010 as a Roman Catholic Woman Priest.  Availing herself of the kind hospitality of Grace Anglican Church, she celebrates weekly Eucharists at Grace Church.  She is available for pastoral counseling and sacramental ministry.  She continues to be actively involved in the ecumenical movement in Sutton.

Contact information

Liturgical Celebrations and Hospitality:

Linda Spear
Sutton, QC

Grace Church weekly Eurcharist held at Grace Anglican Church in Sutton

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