Dignity/Washington Hosts Discussion on Womenpriests

Ann Pernick

Rev. Ann Pernick

Liturgy and Discussion on June 28th


On Saturday, June 28th, Dignity/Washington will have the next in our series of community conversations in our education and discernment process regarding the issue of inviting Roman Catholic Womenpriests to celebrate Mass. This June 28th meeting will be held at our Dignity Center, beginning at 2:00 PM with a liturgy led by Rev. Ann Penick, followed by a social and a discussion hour. We invite and encourage all interested members to attend and participate in this very important community discussion.

Rev. Ann Penick is originally from the Chicago area. She and her husband, Jim, live in Maryland near Washington, DC. They have been married for 25 years. Ann has long been an active member of the Roman Catholic Church. She has done ministry volunteer work as a music minister, minister in sacred dance, retreat facilitator, a member of the liturgy team at various parishes where she’s been a member, and a member of welcoming and hospitality committees.

In 1993 Ann received a certification in lay ministry from the Diocese of Birmingham, in Alabama. In 1995 Ann received a Masters in Counseling degree from the University of Birmingham in Alabama. In 1997 she completed 3 units in CPE at Bon Secours/St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC. In 2008, Ann received her Masters in Pastoral Ministry degree from Boston College. Ann served as chaplain to college students from1997-2008—with the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina and with the Archdiocese of Boston.

Ann came face-to-face with her calling to the priesthood in 2005 at the WOW conference in Canada. She has been supported in her journey to the priesthood by Jim, her step-daughter, Katie, her step-son, Mike, and her brother, Rob. Currently, Ann works as a mental health counselor at a Maryland community college. In her spare time Ann enjoys music, dance, travel, her granddaughter Meg, and their cat, Numbers. In preparation for her visit with us please see the website for Roman Catholic Womenpriests: http://romancatholicwomenpriests.org