Who is  Fidelia?

The name “Fidelia” comes from the Latin word meaning faith. We use it to celebrate those pioneers who were the first women ordained in North America, including Antoinette Brown Blackwell, Olympia Brown, Anna Howard Shaw, Ella Niswonger, Louisa Woolsey, and Fidelia Gillette.

Though our contexts, theologies and experiences may differ dramatically from these women, we thank them for going before us, even as we seek to minister in Christ’s church and to the wider world in our own unique ways today as young clergy women.