Religion: Sue Thy Bishop

A year after her disputed ordination to the Episcopal priesthood as one of the "Philadelphia Eleven" (TIME, Aug. 12, 1974), Betty Bone Schiess, 52, finally celebrated the Eucharist publicly for the first time.* But she still had no church assignment. Like her colleagues, she had previously been ordained as a deacon, the highest Episcopal Church office open to women. After the Philadelphia ordination, the vestry of a Syracuse parish offered her the position of associate priest. Schiess resigned her job as director of a senior citizens' center, but was then denied a license for the parish post by Bishop Ned...

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