When local school systems decided to start the school year online, Angel Feero and Abundant Life Ministries started planning for how to help their families and students who were already behind in reading and math before schools closed in March.
So the organization, which works with families in the Prospect neighborhood, created a virtual learning center at Christ Episcopal Church in downtown Charlottesville to support those students. They opened their doors on the first day of school.
Latino communities in the Philadelphia region celebrated a milestone over the weekend: Yesenia “Jessie” Alejandro became the first Hispanic woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania.
“I’m joyful that we have accomplished this historic achievement, because we can now bring hope and representation to our community as the Hispanic priest,” said the Rev. Alejandro, 49.
The mother of four children and grandmother of 11, Alejandro was ordained Saturday during a ceremony at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Norristown, after seven years of local service and studies in a nonconventional path to Episcopal priesthood.