DELMAR: New curate ordained at St.Stephen's

Do you remember that 71 degree day in January?

It's one that the Rev. Virginia Ogden will never forget, since that was the day she was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church.

When I heard the weather report for the week, I felt myself relax, Ogden said. "I was able to really be there for the ceremony. I could really feel it."

The moment when she really started to feel things, she said, was when she came around the corner that led her into the sanctuary of St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Delmar and saw 300 people ready to celebrate with her.

The service took place on Epiphany, the day that the three wise men came to see the infant Jesus, and the official end of the Christmas season in the Christian religion.

"It was perfect," Ogden said. "That is a day of awakening; a gift of light."

It was a day of firsts for more than Ogden, since the Albany diocese's new bishop, the Right Rev. William Love, performed his first ordination.

"When the bishop anointed my hands with oil, it was a very powerful moment," Ogden said. "That's when I became a priest."

Becoming a priest is something that Ogden, 57, had dreamed about since she was a little girl, raised in the Roman Catholic Church.

"I wanted to be an altar boy," said the Bronx native who grew up in Yorktown Heights, Westchester County. "I went to Catholic school, and I always wanted to serve the Lord. Beyond prayer, though, there wasn't much for women to do."

Ogden came to college at the University at Albany, and stayed put. After college, she did some church shopping, and after attending a service at the Episcopal Cathedral of All Saints in Albany, said she "clicked with the service."

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