This article was published in the December 2019 Women’s Issue of The Episcopal New Yorker (magazine of the Episcopal Diocese of New York) on December 20th.
Entitled “Per Ardua” (translated “Through Adversity”) this article is printed in English but the title of the article certainly captures the essence of my tumultuous journey into the ordination process of the Episcopal Church newly opened to women in the 1980’s. With a Bishop (the Rt. Rev. C. Claude Vache’) who refused to ordain women and a process still holding fast to the traditional all-male priesthood, I was subjected to discriminatory practices and was not recommended for ordination until a year after graduation from seminary. “Per Ardua” is written with the same honesty and gentle courage as my book, Lady Father, which is set in the Dioceses of Southern Virginia and Albany. My journey took me through various ministries during which I encountered everything from outright hostility and lost members to respect and devotion for my loving care of all those God put in my path, regardless of their stance on the issue. The events are reported honestly and without rancor, hostility, or excuses.
“It is painful; it is often light-hearted, even humorous; it is moving as it deals with real people, real events, and real emotions; and, most of all, it is mine – my story, my journey, my life.”
Read the entire Newsletter Article published in The Episcopal New Yorker.
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