Marly Grace Crowley-Koch
At age 5 I began saying Mass when I attended nursery school. My nursery school friends shared with their parents what was happening and my mother was called in for a conference which put a temporary stop to my call to priesthood. After attending elementary, high school and college taught by the Adrian Dominicans, I went to St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and received my MA in Theology from a Benedictine institution. These educational experiences as well as my CPE certification provided wonderful spiritual growth opportunities as I moved forward in ministry as a teacher, pastoral associate and hospice chaplain. My hospice patients validated my call priesthood and I was ordained in July, 2011.
We have home church, at present in zoom form, every second Sunday. Our Spirit of the Living God community welcomes all and offers opportunities for participation via our dialogue homilies and liturgy planning. My priest husband and I have officiated at many wedding together and it was a delight to hear a chid refer to my as a lady priest when she attended the wedding of a mutual friend and had witnessed Nadia received the sacraments of baptism, confirmation and first communion from me at a home mass.