Women's Ordination

The Rev. Anita Schell preaches at Trinity Church during a special Evensong to commemorate the anniversary of women's ordination in 2014. 

On July 29, 1974, the feast of Martha and Mary of Bethany, 11 women were ordained to the Episcopal priesthood in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1970, and again in 1973, the Episcopal Church

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Trinity Wall Street celebrated 40 years of women's ordination in the Episcopal Church with an Evensong on Sunday November 9. 

“This is a love story,” said the Rev. Anita Schell, recalling her time at Trinity in a reflection during the service. Schell was the female priest to be ordained at Trinity and the first woman to serve as a full-time member of the clergy on staff.

“There were challenges as a woman,” she said before the service. “

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This week marks the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women in the Episcopal Church. In her sermon on Monday, Canon Mallonee reminded us that God expresses love through us no matter our gender, age, race, sexual orientation, class, or denomination. “It is about love,” she said in her sermon. “God invites you in and God sends us all out.” 


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