Salt Lake City woman is first in Utah to claim ordination to Catholic priesthood

Women who claim their ordinations are recognized by God — if not the Catholic Church — ordained a Salt Lake City woman Sunday, the first woman in Utah to call herself a Catholic priest.

Clare Julian Carbone, a former nun and a hospice chaplain, was ordained Sunday at First United Methodist Church in Salt Lake City. Bridget Mary Meehan of Sarasota, Fla., a bishop of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests, presided.

Fifty men and women, many of them in Salt Lake City for the Parliament of the World’s Religions, joined in the ordination, taking turns touching Carbone’s head and arms as they prayed silently over her.

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