Thursday, May 10, 2007

Cardinal Mahony ordains a 68 year old married priest

In an historic, joyful and solemn ceremony, Cardinal Roger Mahony ordained to the priesthood Father William Lowe, the first married and former Episcopalian priest to be so ordained in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, at Blessed Junipero Serra Church in Camarillo May 6.

The Sunday afternoon liturgy included scores of parishioners, Santa Barbara Region Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Curry, 14 priests and a dozen deacons and their wives. Father Lowe was accompanied by his wife Linda, their three grown children, a son-in-law, a daughter-in-law and five grandchildren. Also present were local Christian clergy, representatives of the Ventura County Interfaith Community and Father Lowe's former seminary dean from his days in the Episcopalian seminary more than 40 years ago.

Noting this unique moment of Christian celebration, Cardinal Mahony said the church welcomed Father Lowe's ordination "with great gratitude to almighty God, but also with great hopes and expectations, because you not only bring new things to us in your own person, family, but you also bring your own heritage of years past."
Excerpt from the Tidings

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