CITI Ministries thanks our founder, Louise Haggett
President from 1992-2011
The History of CITI Ministries
In September 1992, CITI Ministries
made its debut at a national Roman Catholic Church leadership conference in
Washington D.C. under the name Rent A Priest. No one had ever taken a seemingly
"irreverent," light-hearted approach regarding such serious issues in
the Church, namely mandatory celibacy for priests and nuns, shortages in the
clerical priesthood and the advent of circuit-rider priests (traveling from
parish to parish for Sunday Mass celebration).
CITI's "restoration of a married priesthood" is not necessarily an advocacy to place married priests back at the altar under the jurisdiction of today's Vatican. We are restoring the dignity of married priests by acknowledging their existence and the ministry that Jesus called them to in the first place-- feeding His sheep-wherever and however. Like Jesus, these are holy people whose ministry has no denominational boundaries. While the group may be exclusive, the work is Catholic, interfaith and ecumenical and the need is worldwide.
Ezekiel 37:1-10 (see p. 4) speaks of the awakening of dry bones and breathing new life in them. This is what has happened to married priest couples whose ministry was oppressed by the institution, and who become affirmed today whenever they meet and minister to/with people in need. God's people whose lives are touched by married priests also experience the new spirituality that is being breathed into their dry bones.
CITI Ministries - The passing of the torch to Judy Lorenz
President since 2011
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