Jesus called women, the same as men, to discipleship. There is overwhelming evidence to support the position that women preached, anointed, and presided at the Eucharist within the early Christian movement. Women are reclaiming our divinely ordered place serving as ordained deacons, priests, and bishops.
Our founder and presider, Rev. Shanon Sterringer, was ordained to the diaconate in Cleveland, Ohio on July 10, 2019 and to the priesthood in Linz, Austria on August 3, 2019. The ordaining bishops for Shanon's priestly ordination included Mary Eileen Collingwood, ARCWP and Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, RCWP (Danube Seven).
Prior to ordination, Shanon completed a Ph.D. in Ethical and Creative Leadership (2016) at Union Institute & University in Cincinnati, Ohio; a D.Min (2012), M.Div equivalent, and a MA in Theology (2007) at St. Mary's Seminary and Graduate School of Theology in the Diocese of Cleveland; MA in Ministry (2011) at Ursuline College, Ohio; and a BA in Religious Studies at Cleveland State University, Ohio. She served for two decades as a Parish Pastoral Associate and a Director of Religious Education.
In addition to running the Hildegard Haus and the Community of St. Hildegard, Shanon is a commissioned member of the Federation of Christian Ministries and an adjunct faculty member at People's Catholic Seminary.
Preparing for a ceremony on the banks of the Danube River the day before ordination, commemorating the prophetic 2002 ordinations of the original Danube Seven.
Our opening liturgy, September 15, 2019 at the Hildegard Haus, Fairport Harbor.
The whole community participated in consecrating the altar with salve made from our beehives and biblical oils. We will change the world, not by extraordinary means, but with our own two hands.
A prayer of thanksgiving on the banks of Lake Erie the day after our opening liturgy, celebrating the gift of women in ordained ministry.