Fort Collins Church Welcomes First Woman Ordained ECC Priest

Reverend Jane Reina, ordained priest in the Ecumenical Catholic Communion. Photo credits - Y.Wootten

Mary of Magdala, Ecumenical Catholic Community (ECC) is an American independent Catholic church that is part of the ECC, a confederation of independent communities based in the United States and Europe. Members of the ECC view themselves as following Catholic traditions without being in communion with the Bishop of Rome.

On Saturday, June 20, Deacon Jane D. Reina was ordained to the Sacred Order of the Priesthood by Reverend Francis Krebs, Presiding Bishop of the Ecumenical Catholic Communion while the community members watched the event through an online video conference.

Reverend Jane now serves as a co-pastor of the Mary of Magdala, Ecumenical Catholic Community parish alongside Deacon Roseann Amaral. Mary of Magdala, ECC is the very first community within the ECC to create a co-pastor model. Reverend Jane celebrated her first Holy Mass on Sunday, July 26 in the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church sharing space with St. Paul Episcopal Church.

The mass included the consecration of the Eucharist communion distributed to members through a drive-up outside the church. Mary of Magdala, ECC welcomes and encourages all identities to join Mass and worship as well as taking part in the Eucharist.

Reverend Jane will be presiding over extra Masses Sunday, August 30 at 11 am online through a Zoom meeting in addition to an outdoor Mass in September. Communion through drive-up will be available outside the entrance of Trinity Lutheran Church.

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