Friday, January 27, 2017

"Rochester Woman to be Ordained a Priest": Rev. Myra Brown" by Kaci Jones, NBC

"Reverend Myra Brown of Spirtus Christi Church in Rochester will be ordained as a priest on Saturday at 10 a.m. Spiritus Christi is an independent Catholic Church and not recognized by the Vatican. Right now, women in the Roman Catholic Church cannot be priests. She is the third African American woman ordained in the U.S.

“I'm black, I'm a woman and I'm Catholic, they don't do that in the Roman Catholic Tradition,” Rev. Brown said.

That tradition didn’t stop her from following her calling...

“I think today we live in a society that is very patriarchal and very masculine, it’s all run by men,” Rev. Brown said. “I think what has happened has robbed women of their voice, their leadership and really their place in the church as well as society and it's really important for us to fix that.”
She has spent 25 years in the Rochester community working for equality.
“I would be called in the ministry to clean up the messes of humanity, the messes of sexism, the messes of racism, the messes of homophobia, and to really be all in, in terms of eradicating those levels of oppression in this society,” Rev. Brown said.
She hopes her story inspires other to follow their calling despite limits that may exist.
Reverend Myra Brown will be ordained by Bishop Christine Lumetzberger of Austria on Saturday at the Spiritus Christi Church at 10:00 a.m.

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