Celebrating the Philadelphia 11

Today is the anniversary of the ordination of the Philadelphia Eleven on July 29, 1974.

We send out a Hip-Hip Hooray to them and to the Church!

The Philadelphia 11

From the website of the Episcopal Church

On July 29, 1974 eleven women broke the barrier so long in place against the ordination of women to the priesthood of the Anglican Church when they were “irregularly” ordained to the priesthood in Philadelphia. These women are often referred to as the “Philadelphia 11”

Although there was no specific canon that specifically prohibited ordaining women to the priesthood, the canons required a recommendation from the standing committee. Many were upset because these women did have such a recommendation. While others were ready for change and ventured into new territory for the Episcopal Church.

On August 15, 1974, the House of Bishops, called to an emergency meeting, denounced the ordinations and declared them invalid. Charges were filed against the bishops who ordained the women and attempts were made to prevent the women from serving their priestly ministries.

In September 1976, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church approved the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate.

Philadelphia 11:

Merrill Bittner

Alison Cheek

Alla Bozarth (Campell)

Emily C Hewitt

Carter Heyward

Suzanne R. Hiatt (deceased 2002)

Marie Moorefield

Jeanette Piccard (deceased 1981)

Betty Bone Schiess

Katrina Welles Swanson (deceased 2006)

Nancy Hatch Witting

Ordaining Bishops:

Daniel Corrigan

Robert L DeWitt

Edward R Welles

Assisting: Antonio Ramos

Tip of the Mitre to the Rev. Elizabeth Kaeton (via Facebook)

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