Celebrating Women’s Ordination in the Episcopal Church

On July 29, 1974, eleven women were “irregularly” ordained as priests in The Episcopal Church. There was no church law against ordaining women, but no woman had ever been ordained an Episcopal priest, and the controversy had been brewing for years. Finally, these courageous women decided not to wait any longer to take their place in the church, and with the help of some equally courageous male bishops, they were ordained at the Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia. This year marks 40 years since that historic occasion, and Deputy Director (and Episcopalian) Marie Alford-Harkey joined in the festivities in Philadelphia on Saturday, July 27. Read more here.


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