Saturday, August 30, 2014

Episcopal women recall 1974 priesthood struggle

From Chicago-

Eleven women took on the all-male hierarchy and centuries of tradition in the Episcopal Church 40 years ago by being ordained as priests, and their audacious actions inspired an eighth-grader in Chicago to live out her dream.

The Rev. Fran Holliday was a teenager when she felt a call to the priesthood, but continually met closed doors until she read about the ordinations in July 1974 in Philadelphia. The story of one woman in particular, the Rev. Nancy Wittig, stood out.

"It was so inspirational to me," said Holliday, now associate rector at All Saints Episcopal Church in Chicago's Ravenswood neighborhood. She wanted "to mark the event that was so practically and theologically important to the church" and invited Wittig to preside over three services in early August.

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