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Wanda Russell and Miriam Picconi. COURTESY PHOTO
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Palm Coast women to be ordained deacons

by: Shanna Fortier Associate Editor

Wanda Russell and Miriam Picconi, of Palm Coast, will travel Saturday, April 2, to Sarasota, to become ordained as Roman Catholic women deacons as part of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests movement, which began with the ordination of seven women, in 2002, and has grown to more than 124 worldwide.

The Roman Catholic Church itself does not ordain women to the priesthood.

However, Russell and Picconi advocate women ordinations. The goal of the movement is to “seek equality for women in the church, including ordination; to serve the poor and marginalized; and to live the spiritual and social justice tradition of the church in inclusive communities of equals.”

“We love the church, but there has become so many injustices for women in general,” Russell said.

Picconi added: “I’m not trying to be rebellious; I’m just trying to respond to God’s invitation. I want to stand with other women who say this is wrong and to stand for equality in a community and discipleship of equals.”

“I’m looking forward to see what God has in store for us,” Russell said. “I’m taking the step on faith that God is not finished with us yet.”

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+ First Baptist hosts concert
This Hope, a five-man a cappella singing group, will hold a concert 6 p.m. Sunday, April 10, at First Baptist Church of Palm Coast, 6050 Palm Coast Parkway N.W.

For more information, call 445-2020 or visit

+ PCUMC to hold Palm Sunday service
Palm Coast United Methodist Church, 5200 Belle Terre Parkway, will observe Palm Sunday services Sunday, April 17, the day that begins Holy Week for Christians. The 8:15 and 11:15 a.m. services are traditional, and 9:45 is contemporary.

All services will feature the procession of palms, readings from the gospel and distribution of palms.

For more information about this and other Holy Week services, call 445-1600 or visit

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Presented by Thrivent Financial for Lutheran representatives, the workshop will discuss how identity theft can occur, and how to protect yourself. Call 445-3420 to reserve a seat.

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