29 July 2011

Rev. Mary M. Simpson, a Pioneer in Episcopal Clergy, Dies at 85

Rev. Mary M. Simpson, a Pioneer in Episcopal Clergy, Dies at 85, by Daniel E. Slotnik (New York Times, 23 July 2011)

Excerpts:
The Rev. Mary Michael Simpson, the first Episcopal nun to be ordained a priest and the first ordained woman to preach a sermon in Westminster Abbey, died Wednesday in Augusta, Ga. She was 85. The cause was kidney failure, said Sister Carol Andrew of the Order of Saint Helena, of which Canon Simpson was a member. Canon Simpson was ordained a priest on Jan. 9, 1977, and installed as a canon of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in Manhattan later that year, when the role of women in the Episcopal Church was a matter of heated debate.
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