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ordain (one) as (something)

To invest one with the powers, duties, and responsibilities attendant upon a particular religious role. Often used in passive constructions. Regina Jones was ordained as the first female rabbi in 1935. I just heard the clergy ordained Tom as a priest.
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ordain someone

 (as) something
1. Lit. to establish someone as a priest or minister. In a lovely ceremony, they ordained David as a priest. He was ordained as a priest by a bishop.
2. Fig. to establish someone as something. They ordained the poor old man as a deputy sheriff. Was he duly ordained as a Mercedes mechanic?
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In South America, there are bishops who say, T would ordain women in a minute.
Will the church take note of the many liturgies used in the past to ordain women to the diaconate?
At Wakefield Cathedral on July 3, The Rt Rev Platten will ordain Rev Harry Gwinnett, as Curate of St John the Evangelist, Golcar, Rev Catherine Macpherson as Curate of Mirfield Team Ministry, and Rev Cathy Reardon as Curate of St Thomas, Bradley, St Francis, Fixby, and St Hilda, Cowcliffe.
The Roman Catholic Church continues to refuse to ordain women as priests, leading to a number of traditional Anglicans choosing to convert to Catholicism.
Thus, according to Apostolic Succession, our women bishops are valid and therefore those that they ordain are validly ordained.
It has taken me all this time more than a decade to understand the strange decision made one afternoon in the dreaming shade of a Thai temple, as pale butterflies knocked against my warming flesh," she writes of her choice to ordain.
Bishop Cox, who ordained singer Sinead O'Connor, is set to ordain two men priests.
A spokesman for Bishop Christopher Jones, who will ordain the men, said: "They will continue in their professions and minister part-time in various parishes.
He also discussed the liturgies used to ordain women (virtually identical to those used to ordain men to the diaconate).
Despite her advocacy Zagano doesn't think every bishop needs to ordain women as deacons tomorrow, noting that some dioceses still don't ordain men to the permanent diaconate.
Chaves examines both the historical and sociological factors leading to change in those denominations that now ordain women and the institutional elements that prevent change in those that do not.