Mother-Son Priests Are an Episcopal First

From Religious News Service

As usual, at 10:30 a.m. last Sunday, the Rev. Rosanna Case Kazanjian celebrated the weekly Eucharist service at St. John Episcopal Church, an interracial, economically struggling parish of 85 families. There was a twist, however. The priest’s co-celebrant was her 29-year-old son, the Rev. Victor Kazanjian.

It is believed that they are the first mother-son Episcopal priests in the country.

Rosanna Kazanjian is a widow whose father, the Rev. Harold Case, served as Boston University’s president and befriended divinity student Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1950s. She was a full-time mother for several decades, but after raising three children, she returned to school and earned a master’s degree in counseling psychology at Boston University.

She graduated from Episcopal Divinity School in nearby Cambridge in 1985, one year before her son.