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Apr 02, 2012 | Jim Jones

Diocese of Fort Worth to Get First Black Female Rector

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rev. Carlye Hughes will become the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth's first black female rector. From the Star-Telegram:

The Rev. Carlye Hughes never dreamed that she would return to her hometown and become rector of one of the city's most prominent Episcopal churches.


Hughes was chosen from 28 applicants to become the 18th rector of Trinity Episcopal Church, just south of Texas Christian University.


She has resigned as rector of St. Peter's Episcopal Church in Peekskill, N.Y., and is expected to preach her first sermon at Trinity on June 2.


"I'm very excited about coming back home, and especially to Trinity," she said.


Hughes and her family -- including her father, legendary retired Dunbar High School basketball coach Robert Hughes; mother, Jacqueline; brother and current Dunbar coach, Robert Jr.; and sister, Robin Hughes -- all attended St. Simon of Cyrene Episcopal Church in Fort Worth's Stop Six neighborhood.


"Back then in Fort Worth, women were not ordained," she said. "Girls were not on the altar at all. We could sing in the choir. I never thought much about it. I knew what a priest looked like, and he didn't look like me." 

Read more at the Star-Telegram website.