Celebrating the Ministry of All Women

Attend Festival Service of Holy Eucharist
Saturday, July 26th, 3 pm
Church of the Advocate (18th and Diamond) 

Download a 40th Anniversary – Ordination of Women Event Flyer (PDF)
Download a Tribute of Thanks to The Right Reverend Barbara Clementine Harris  (PDF)


Celebrate the Ministry of All Women

on the occasion of

The 40th Anniversary of Women’s Priestly Ordination


PHILADELPHIA, PA  – On Saturday, July 26th, the Diocese of Pennsylvania in conjunction with others throughout the church is hosting a joyful celebration of the 40th anniversary of women’s ordination to the priesthood in the Episcopal Church. The ministry of all women: past, present and future, is the focus for the full day of programming to include a morning symposium at Temple University, an afternoon Holy Eucharist at Church of the Advocate where the 1974 ordinations took place, and a reception and ministry exposé in the Paul and Christine Washington Center gymnasium on the campus of The Advocate. Women and men of all church orders and dioceses are invited to sign-up for space to display and discuss particular ministries where women are vitally engaged especially in leadership roles. This should be an exciting day-end gathering that celebrates not only the courage of the men and women who engaged the Spirit-led irregular ordinations of 40 and 41 years ago, but also demonstrates the enormous array gifts that propels God’s love and grace into the world.

At the symposium (8:30 a.m. to 2 pm), Dr. Fredrica Thompsett, Mary Wolfe Professor Emerita of Historical Theology at Episcopal Divinity School, will serve as keynote speaker. A panel discussion and luncheon will follow. Panelists include the Rt. Rev. Dr. Carol Gallagher, the Rev. Miguelina Howell, the Venerable Rev. Pamela Nesbit, Archdeacon, the Rev. Canon Sandye Wilson, and Nokomis Wood. The panel will be moderated by the Very Rev. Katherine H. Ragsdale, Dean and President of the Episcopal Divinity School. The Rev. Dr. Nancy Wittig, one of the original Philadelphia eleven ordinands, will close the symposium with a meditation. At 3 pm, our Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, will preside and preach at the Holy Eucharist at Church of the Advocate just blocks from the symposium site.

Symposium  (9 a.m.- 2 p.m.)

and is NOW CLOSED!
Walk-in registrations cannot be guaranteed.

Attend the Holy Eucharist!  (3 p.m.- 4:30 p.m.)

See you at the Exposé!  (4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.)