Reverend Dagmar Celeste
Dagmar Celeste was ordained a priest in 2002. One of the original seven women (Danube Seven) ordained on a boat in the Danube River, she became a founding member of the group now know as Roman Catholic WomanPriests. (RCWP)
Born in Krems Austria in 1941, Dagmar met Richard Celeste while studying at Oxford University in 1961. They married in 1962 and had six children together. Richard Celeste served as Governor of Ohio between 1983 and 1991. During this time, Dagmar chaired the Ohio Recovery Council, initiated the Task Force on Family Violence, co-chaired the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and co-chaired the Council on Holocaust Education. Dagmar and Richard divorced in in 1995.
Dagmar Celeste holds a B.A. in Women's Studies from Capital University and also a Master's Degree in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Ministry from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio.
Dagmar currently serves as the executive director of the Tyrian Network, "an intentional learning community founded in the year 2000 on Kelleys Island, Ohio. She is active in many political and social-justice causes.
Dagmar Braun Celeste shares with us a little about her call to the Priesthood...
Only God's Love... by Dagmar Braun Celeste, RCWP
For many years, I believed that the most important day of my life was the day I was baptized. Then, after experiencing my First Communion, I was certain that no other day would ever match the glory of that day. But in that same year even more grace was added on the day of my Confirmation. None of the elaborate trappings of that day could camouflage the fact that I had become co-responsible for the well-being of my soul and the health of my church. That day I became a spiritual warrior, ready to lay down my life for the love of God. And for over thirty years, I believed that nothing would ever overshadow the radiant joy of my wedding day. Continue Reading