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St. Peter’s Screens The Philadelphia Eleven

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church announces a special event commemorating the 50th anniversary of a groundbreaking moment in the Episcopal Church’s history. On Saturday, May 18th, at 3 PM, St. Peter’s will host a screening of the documentary The Philadelphia Eleven, chronicling the ordination of eleven women to the Episcopal priesthood in defiance of existing church regulations.

The documentary sheds light on the pivotal events that unfolded in 1974 at a church in Philadelphia. Eleven courageous women challenged the status quo by seeking ordination to the priesthood despite the Episcopal Church’s official stance that only men were eligible for such roles.

The screening will be held at St. Peter’s Church, 70 Maple Avenue, Morristown, NJ.

The Philadelphia Eleven tells the compelling story of these trailblazing women who risked personal safety and faced rejection from the church they loved to pursue equality within the priesthood. Their unwavering determination and resilience in the face of adversity continue to inspire generations of women in ministry.

Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion featuring the Rev. Nancy H. Wittig, one of the Philadelphia Eleven whose journey is featured prominently in the documentary. Rev. Wittig will share her insights and reflections on the challenges and triumphs of breaking down barriers within the church.

Rev. Wittig will be joined on the panel by The Rev. Diana L. Wilcox, Rector of Christ Church in Bloomfield & Glen Ridge, and The Rev. Danielle D. Baker, Priest-in-charge at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Morris Plains.

The event is open to the public, and admission is free. Attendees are encouraged to register online at to reserve a seat.

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May 18 2024


3:00 pm
St. Peter's Morristown


St. Peter's Morristown
70 Maple Ave, Morristown, New Jersey

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