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First woman priest for Fort Worth

05 November 2009

by Pat Ashworth



THE Episcopal diocese of Fort Worth in the United States is to have its first woman priest and elect a successor to its Provisional Bishop, the Rt Revd Edwin Gulick Jr.

The Revd Susan Slaughter (above) will be ordained on 15 November at St Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, where she is a deacon. The diocese, under Bishop Jack Iker, was one of three Episcopal Church dioceses, including Quincy and San Joaquin, that did not ordain women.

The first ordination by a woman bishop in the diocese of Fort Worth will take place on 5 December, when the Revd ClayOla Gitane will be priested by the Bishop Suffragan in the diocese of Olympia, Dr Nedi Rivera, who is also Provisional Bishop of Eastern Oregon.

Fort Worth, Quincy, and San Joaquin left the Episcopal Church for the Province of the Southern Cone (News, 14 and 21 November, 2008). Those churches in Fort Worth that realigned will be voting at their dio­cesan convention today and tomor­row on a resolution that commits the diocese to continued participation in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA), but also “main­tains its status as a member diocese in the Province of the Southern Cone while the formal process of recognition of [ACNA] continues in the Anglican Communion”.

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