December 11, 2010

Bishop Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumes becomes the first Catholic woman priest and bishop of Latin America. She was consecrated against the resistance of the official church in Rome.

Bishop Olga Lucia Álvarez Benjumes of Medellín, Colombia, was educated by the Dominican Sisters of the Presentation. Olga did USEMI Missionary work with indigenous and Afro-Colombian communities and was secretary of CELAM Medellín in 1968. Formation included religious studies, pastoral ministry, higher catechesis superior, liberation theology and an emphasis on popular reading of the Bible. Olga was ordained a priest in Sarasota, Florida, on December 11, 2010. She accompanies several communities and strengthens the ecumenical base primarily of the itinerant. Olga works with women ex-convicts and the Association of Families of the Disappeared (ASFADDES). She is author of several books and articles in biblical-theological reflection and is a member of the Collective of Ecumenical Bible Scholars (CEDEMI). (ARCWP)

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Related Articles:

  •  “A Woman of God – The first female catholic priest in Latin America”  | 
  • “Latin America’s First Women Priests Challenge the Church” | NDTV
  • “A Story of “Prophetic Obedience” by Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea | Women’s Ordination.Org
  • “Asociación de Presbíteras Católicas Romanas de Sudamérica” | ARCWP  

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