History made and recalled last January: the Rev. Jackie Means, the first woman “regularly” ordained a priest in The Episcopal Church on 1 January 1977, celebrated and preached on Holy Name Day at the place where it happened 40 years ago, All Saints’, Indianapolis. My bishop and hers, John Pares Craine, identified her early as a talented prison minister and potential priest, and pushed TEC both firmly and gently to approve women’s ordination Churchwide, while regularizing a handful of rebellious wimmin who’d been ordained starting in 1974. It has all worked out just as Bishop Craine hoped – though he got sick over the holidays and had to miss the ordination. Then it turned out he’d had a backup bishop from the start. (Diocese of Indianapolis)

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