Magazine article The Christian Century

Tutu's Daughter Becomes a Priest

Magazine article The Christian Century

Tutu's Daughter Becomes a Priest

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As the daughter of a clergyman who was the public face of the antiapartheid movement, Mpho Tutu was accustomed to living in the shadow of her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa. But on January 17 in Alexandria, Virginia, the elder Tutu ceded the spotlight to his youngest daughter as he ordained her a priest in the Episcopal Church.

When Mpho (pronounced Mpoh), 40, decided to follow in the family business, it came as a surprise to both lather and daughter. "If you look at my hank balance, she is not so smart," the elder Tutu joked alter Mpho and three others were ordained as priests. "Her sister said, 'You lived in a priest's house and you want to be a priest? You must be crazy!' We're glad she is crazy."

Entering the colonial Christ Church, where both George Washington and Robert E. Lee once worshiped, the younger Tutu was clearly" moved, wiping a tear from her eye, as a procession of 60 people ushered her to the altar. The elder Tutu, 72, was equally moved after the service, when he removed his bishop's miter and knelt with three other bishops to be blessed by the new priests. …

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