First female African American priest ordained in South Carolina

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After 300 years, the Anglican church in South Carolina now has its first African American female priest. The Rev. Henrietta M. Rivers was ordained at St. John’s Chapel this week.

As a native of Charleston, she grew up in the same neighborhood of the eastside where she now serves.

“God is opening doors, that he’s allowing us to push our way through. And that’s exciting for all of us,” Rivers said.

“I’m about to be ordained the first African American priest in the Anglican diocese of South Carolina. And it just, to me, feels as if history is now aligning with God’s story, his story,” Rivers said.

Rev. Rivers was ordained Tuesday night, Sept. 13, by Bishop Chip Edgar.

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