Friday, June 16, 2017

For first female priest, faith is family business

From New York-

Loyda Morales was treated a bit differently as a kid growing up in Trujillo Alto, Puerto Rico. But that’s just what happens when you’re the priest’s daughter in a city where religion is taken very seriously.

“Maybe I was in denial,” said Morales, as she sat in the empty sanctuary at the Episcopal Church of the Mediator on West 231 Street and Kingsbridge Avenue, where she is about to celebrate her first anniversary as its priest. And that’s quite a feat for someone who originally moved to New York to work at a bank.

Some 20 years ago, Morales found herself in Riverdale living with her brother after a job transfer led her to the city. It was then that the lifelong Episcopalian stumbled upon the Church of the Mediator in Kingsbridge and discovered how she should spend her life — something that wasn’t immediately apparent to her.

“I was not aware of the calling,” Morales said. “But others were aware of it.”

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