Reverend Zeman has celebrated Mass
at the invitation of
The Community of St. Bridget
on November 17th, 2011
January 19th, 2012
March 4th, 2012
and September 23rd, 2012
Reverend Barbara Zeman
Reverend Zeman was ordained as a priest in 2008 through the Roman Catholic Womenpriest (RCWP) movement. RCWP began on the Danube River in 2002 when seven women were ordained as priests by bishops in full apostolic succession.
Barbara Vrabel Zeman was born on the east side of Cleveland at St. Luke's Hospital. A cradle Catholic, she was baptized by her Hungarian/Slovak parents at St. Benedict's Roman Catholic Church. Her maternal grandparents were leaders at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Catholic Church, and her paternal grandparents were members of St. Rita Church in Solon. Her parents helped to build the Church of Gesu in University Heights, where Barbara attended grade school. Barbara graduated from Regina High School. She then went on to graduate from the University of Detroit Mercy. She holds a master's degree in theology from Loyola University Chicago.
Reverand Zeman currently serves as a chaplain, endorsed by the Federation of Christian Ministries, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. There she ministers and conducts non-denominational services for patients, families and staff in ordinary times and in times of special need. In addition, she regularly says Mass and provides spiritual guidance for Dignity Chicago, a group that ministers to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics. Furthermore, she conducts non-denominational Sunday Chapel services at the Rehab Institute of Chicago, and conducts spirituality groups and meditation for cancer patients and families at Gilda’s Club in Chicago.