A Berrien County woman is likely to be moving the site of her ordination into the Catholic priesthood from her church to her home due to harassment from other Catholics in southwest Michigan. 75-year-old Lillian Lewis will be ordained as a priest Saturday afternoon by Bishop Joan Houk of the Roman Catholic Womenpriests, a dissident group that broke off from the Roman Catholic Church in 2002 because Rome won't allow women in the priesthood. As of early this afternoon, Houk believed the ordination would be held at Lewis' home instead of the First Congregational Church due to the harassment from other Catholics around southwest Michigan. Diocese of Kalamazoo Bishop Paul Bradley is condemning Lewis' ordination, saying in a letter to all Catholic churches in southwest Michigan last Sunday that it will "undermine the unity of the Church." Lewis says she is well aware that she will be excommunicated by the Vatican.
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