Marcia Chanta Bhan was ordained to the priesthood by the Rt. Rev. Gayle Harris, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Massachusetts, on Wednesday, December 15, 2021, in the All Saints’ Chapel at the All Saints’ Episcopal School. The Rt. Rev. Carol Gallagher, Regional Canon for the Central Region of the Diocese of Massachusetts, was the preacher. The Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, bishop of the Episcopal Church in North Texas, assisted. The Rev. Bhan is the Interim Middle School and Upper School Chaplain at the school.
The service was meaningful on many levels, not the least of which was the presence of the women of color. Bhan is Pakistani-American, born of parents who immigrated from Pakistan to the United States. Harris is Black. Gallagher is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation.The Rev. Dr. Samira Izadi, who read the Gospel, is Iranian. Mayer is a white man. Many of those present remarked on what a moving experience is was to witness the diversity at the altar.
Bhan was presented by the Rev. Canon Karen Montagno, Dr. Thaddeus B. Bird, Head of School; Mr. Wallace Worden, Upper School Division Head; and Dr. Nicole Stroud, Middle School Division Head.