On October 15, Bishop Linda Rounds-Nichols ordained Deacon Celeste Handy to the order of the presbyterate.
As all CCOA priests, Celeste+ is called to baptize. witness weddings, anoint the sick and the dying, and administer the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The hands of priests are consecrated during the ordination , so Celeste+ is now able to consecrate the elements (bread and the cup) during communion and bless the oil for the sick. Offering offering pastoral care, Christian formation, and presiding at funerals and memorial services are other activities of ordained clergy. In some cases, and if authorized by the Presiding Bishop, CCOA priests may administer the Sacrament of Confirmation.
we ask God to grant Celeste the grace and power of the priesthood.
The other clergy, as well as the pictured Bishops, laid hands on Celeste.
We pray that God will grant Celeste+ assistance,
the ability to follow the example of Mary -the Mother of Jesus, and Mary of Magdala
as well as a renewed Spirit of holiness.
Bishop Michael, Dean of Sophia Divinity School, instructs Betsy Windish and Sandy Young,
as they prepare to dress Celeste with the the stole and chasuble worn by priests.