An article about a woman who became a priest in a small Catholic diocese in the United States is sparking a conversation on the religious right.
The Rev. Catherine G. Sargent, a longtime member of the Diocese of St. George in Pennsylvania, has been a priest for more than 40 years.
A retired teacher, Sargen said she chose the priesthood because she thought she could better serve people in need by teaching, not by preaching.
Sargent has become the face of the Episcopal Church, where women make up just a tiny percentage of its membership.
She was named the first female priest in the Episcopal Diocese in December 2016, and the Episcopal Women’s Ordination Council, an organization she helped found, is working on developing programs that will give more opportunities to women in church leadership.
“I have to tell you that I feel very privileged to have been given this opportunity to become a priest, and I can’t wait to do more in my ministry,” Sargment said.
The ordination of a woman is a milestone for many Catholics in the diocese, but not for Sargents.
A woman in the clergy was not supposed to be a priest until the year 2042.
“My vision for the future of our church is not going to be realized if we continue to treat the ordained woman like this,” Sarge said.
She has not always been able to fully commit to the ordination, but now she does.
“In a way, I feel like I am an honorary woman,” Sagent said.
When I became a female priest and began to see more and more people in the parish who wanted to be priests, I was more and better able to understand what people were really wanting.
Sarge says it was hard for her to have that understanding until she realized what people really wanted.
“We’ve been in our parish for 30 years and we’ve had a lot of ordinations,” Saggents pastor at the St. Joseph’s parish.
“There are a lot more of us than I could ever imagine.
I have not felt that way before, and it’s just wonderful to be here.”
Sargents ordination began as a private ceremony, but after several months of discussions with the diocesan church, she announced that she was eligible for a private ministry.
She received a certificate of approval from the church, and on Sunday, August 5, she began preaching.
“The reason why I did this is because of my love for the church and the community that I serve,” Sager said.
“I wanted to help people and I wanted to minister to people in a way that would be the most compassionate and most effective.”
Sarge has been called a “feminist feminist” by many who have praised her ordination.
But for some on the far right, she is an “abortionist.”
She said her ordinations are not necessarily a sign that she supports abortion, but she does believe that there is a spiritual value to women serving as priests.
“You have to do it for the love of Christ,” Sagnett said.
“This is what it is all about, for me, as a woman in this position of leadership,” Sagging said.
I’ve been so humbled to serve and have been honored to be able to do so,” she said.
She said she plans to remain in the role for as long as she can.”
It’s an honor to be called a priest.
Sagnett, who has also worked as a paralegal, said her journey to becoming a priest began in her early 20s when she began experiencing depression. “
And it’s an amazing privilege to serve in a church where we have a great congregation of women.”
Sagnett, who has also worked as a paralegal, said her journey to becoming a priest began in her early 20s when she began experiencing depression.
Sagnetts family is from the Caribbean, and her mother had a stroke while she was pregnant with her.
She lost her husband, who was also a priest at the time, and suffered depression and suicidal thoughts.
“She went from a beautiful young woman to a terrible person,” Sagger said.
After years of therapy and counseling, Sagnets diagnosis led her to seek out help for her depression.
In December 2016 she began counseling women she knew who had been in the same position.
“They were very strong advocates and said, ‘You know, we’re really in the dark.
We don’t know what’s going on,'” Sagnet said.
Her hope is that the ordinations will be a step in the right direction, for women like her.
“When you are called as a male, you are supposed to lead in this way.
You are supposed the role of the leader and you are expected to be there.
It doesn’t matter what gender you are.
It is not your place to do what you feel is best for the parish,” Saguert said.
And while the ordinands ordination is not a new idea, some on religious right think that it