Eltzroth to be ordained as priest
ASHEVILLE - Abigail Eltzroth will be ordained as a Roman Catholic woman priest at 5 p.m. April 30 by Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan, of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, at Jubilee Community, 46 Wall St. Eltzroth will reported be the first woman Catholic priest in Asheville.
The group says its ordinations are valid because the first women bishops were ordained by a male Roman Catholic bishop with apostolic succession. They reject church law that does not allow women to be ordained, and about 250 women in 10 countries have been ordained in this manner.
Eltzroth has served as a jail chaplain in Saginaw, Michigan, as a pastoral associate on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation in Montana, and as pastor to two churches in Nebraska.