Wednesday, October 20, 2010

QUINCY: Diocese ordains its first woman pries

From Quincy-

The Rev. Margaret Lee on Oct. 16 became the first woman to be ordained a priest in the 133-year history of the Peoria, Illinois-based Episcopal Diocese of Quincy.
Lee has served for 14 years as a deacon in the Quad Cities, where she currently serves the congregation at All Saints Church in Moline.

Almost 200 people attended her ordination during an 11:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Peoria.

Quincy Provisional Bishop John Clark Buchanan presided and preached during the service, held in the context of the diocese's 133rd synod.

Before being called to All Saints, Lee served at Christ Church in Moline, St. Mark's in Silvis, and Holy Trinity in Geneseo.

She earned her Master of Divinity degree at Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin, where she is currently completing her doctor of divinity degree.

The Rev. Thomas Stone of Peoria was installed as diocesan canon to the ordinary during the service. Stone serves congregations at St. George's Episcopal Church in Macomb and Grace Episcopal Church in Galesburg as well as at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul's in Peoria.

In November 2008, a majority of the diocesan synod voted to leave the Episcopal Church and to realign with the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone citing theological differences. The diocese has since reorganized and about 20 clergy have remained canonically resident since the realignment.

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