Monday, May 07, 2007


My daughter and I went to a mother-daughter retreat at the Convent of St. Helena. There were only three mother-daughter pairs, but we had a good time, making mandalas and doing yoga/dance and making Anglican rosaries.

At midday dinner on Sunday we got in a conversation about other orders of religious women. The sisters said they are closest to the Sisters of St. John the Divine in Canada. I asked about convents in the northeast and was told St. Mary's is still stuck on God the Father, St. Anne's and St. Margaret's more moderate. That led us to talk about the movement toward ordination of women in the Catholic church. I hadn't heard about the irregular ordinations of women. In the Episcopal church, the official decision to ordain women came two years after a major irregular ordination of 11 women in 1974.

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