DELMAR: New curate ordained at St.Stephen's

People come to a church when they're hurting, Ogden said, and political issues don't drive that.

"Something brings people to church," she said. "I think it's the spirit of God."

Ogden said that being in a church community can boost spirituality, and noted that statistically, church attendance is down in the western world.

"People embrace a spiritual component, but struggle with an organized church," she said. "But you can really grow spiritually in a community. A community sustains us when we wax and wane spiritually."

A community is also called to support its members, and that's something Ogden is actively doing.

"Mother Ginny will be a very pastoral, caring priest with a strong sense of vision," said the Rev. Darius Mojallali, rector of St. Stephen's. "Her sermons are biblical and animated."

Ogden said she feels particularly drawn to caring for the elderly, which Mojallali said is important.

"She has a passion and a heart for the vulnerable and the elderly," he said.

"We need to make sure we don't undervalue our elderly as we support young families."

Ogden's was the first ordination of a priest at St. Stephen's in a long time. In 2002, Bob Heighton was ordained a deacon at St. Stephen's.

"Ginny's ordination is a reflection on the parish," Mojallali said. "There's a sense of pride that we've raised up this person. I'm proud that we're a church that supported a woman. God calls women to serve, and I'm excited that this went so smoothly. Not one person said anything about the fact that she's a woman."

Annie Mellet, a St. Stephen's parishioner who serves on the church's vestry, said it was significant that a woman was ordained.

"It's always nice to have a woman in that position, with a woman's point of view," Mellet said. "It adds another facet to the ministry."

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