ordain ordain  /ɔr ˈdeɪn/


  1. (v) order by virtue of superior authority; decree
  2. (v) issue an order
  3. (v) appoint to a clerical posts
  4. (v) invest with ministerial or priestly authority


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  1. And although Pope John Paul II declared in 1994 that the Roman Catholic Church had no authority to ordain women, there is a small but vocal international movement pressing for it.
  2. If that campaign succeeds, it would defy history and political gravity, both of which ordain that midterm elections are bad news for a lame-duck President's party.
  3. This is not totally unexpected, since more conservative denominations do not ordain women and are exempt on First Amendment grounds from equal-opportunity laws.


  1. Conversation with… Rabbi Debra Cantor

      Bloomfield rabbi reflects on the state of American Jewry – 25 years after being among the first group of women ordained by the Conservative movement. By Cindy Mindell BLOOMFIELD – She... Read more »
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Jewish Ledger

  2. Local man ordained to priesthood

    TOLEDO — Leonard P. Blair, bishop of the Diocese of Toledo, will ordain four men to the priesthood at Our Lady Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Cathedral, 2535 Collingwood Blvd., at 11 a.m. June 22.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Port Clinton News Herald

  3. Ordination Mass held for four seminarians

    The Most Reverend Michael D. Pfeifer, Bishop of San Angelo, will for the first time ordain four graduating seminarians during a single Mass on June 8 at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The San Angelo Standard-Times


  1. "Today the rule of law is at risk around the world," Annan said. "Again and again, we see fundamental laws shamelessly disregarded - those that ordain respect for innocent life, for civilians, for the vulnerable - especially children."
    on Sep 21, 2004 By: Kofi Annan Source: USA Today

  2. "It may not happen in my lifetime, but that is all right. It will happen in God's own time. What I will say in the short run is that no one is asking any other province of the Anglican Communion to raise up gay and lesbian people and to ordain them...
    on Nov 4, 2005 By: V Gene Robinson Source: Foster's Daily Democrat

  3. "Obviously a handful of our church leaders are still upset and would like to see the church never ordain and never baptize a gay or lesbian person," Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori said in Burlington. "We need to refocus on more...
    on Nov 3, 2007 By: Katharine Jefferts Schori Source: Boston Globe (registration)

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