Celebrate history with us

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the first of ordination of women as priests in The Episcopal Church on July 29, 1974. The journey towards ordination required a brave and visionary group of women and their allies to stand firmly in their beliefs and their faith, following the Holy Spirit where it led them. The challenges did not stop with ordination as women priests faced hurdles and pushback as they strived for equal footing in the church.

Special Crossroads Podcast Episode

Episode airs on July 24

Don't miss our commemorative episode on the 50th anniversary of women's ordination. Hosted by the Rev. Jo Nygard Owens, the conversation features the Rev. Rose Duncan, Canon for Worship, and the Rev. Kelly Brown Douglas, Canon Theologian.

Festival Holy Eucharist: Celebrating Women's Ordination

Sun Jul. 28 • 11:15 am This Festival Holy Eucharist features special prayers and guest preacher the Right Reverend Mary Glasspool, Assistant Bishop, Episcopal Dioceses of New York. Bp. Glasspool was the 17th woman elected to the episcopate and the first openly lesbian woman to be elected in the Anglican Communion.

The Philadelphia Eleven screening

Sun Jul. 28 • 1:30 pm Join us for a special screening of The Philadelphia Eleven. In this feature-length documentary film, we meet the women who succeed in building a movement that transforms an age-old institution and challenges the very essence of patriarchy within Christendom. Space is limited; registration is required to attend.

Celebrating 50 Years of Women's Ordination

Look back with us at key events in women’s ordination and service with a focus on Washington National Cathedral and the Episcopal Diocese of Washington.
timeline photo sources

The Archives of the Episcopal Church •  The Fund for the Diaconate of The Episcopal Church  •  William Steinmetz, Philadelphia Inquirer  •  Harry Naltehayan/the Washington Post  •  Episcopal News Service/Breton Littlehales  •  Carolyn Kaster/AP  •  Vienna Cobb Anderson