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July 22nd – Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene

22nd July


Mary Magdalene was the first person to meet the Resurrected Christ and so has the honourable title of Apostle to the Apostles. Despite being marginalised and slandered by the Church throughout the years she remains one of the most important people of all time and a key person for the Christian faith.

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July 20th – St Wilgefortis

Wilgefortis

20th July


Saint Wilgefortis was crucified for miraculously growing a beard after a period of prayer and was a popular religious figure across Northern Europe during the Middle Ages. Continue reading “July 20th – St Wilgefortis”

May 3rd – Christine Jorgensen

Christine Jorgensen

30th May 1926 – 3rd May 1989

“I gave the sexual revolution a good swift kick in the pants”

-Christine Jorgensen


Christine Jorgensen was a transgender woman who is famous for being the first person to undergo gender reassignment surgery and hormone replacement treatment.

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February 11th – Jarena Lee

Jarena Lee

11th February 1783 – 1864

““And why should it be thought impossible, heterodox, or improper for a woman to preach? Seeing the Saviour died for the woman as well as for the man. If the man may preach, because the Saviour died for him, why not the woman? Seeing he died for her also. Is he not a whole Saviour, instead of a half one?”

Jarena Lee


Jarena Lee was an African American free woman who, after an intense religious awakening, became the first women authorized to preach in the African Methodist Episcopal Church in America. Continue reading “February 11th – Jarena Lee”

January 3rd – Mary Daly

Mary Daly

16th October 1928 – 3rd January 2010

“It is the creative potential itself in human beings that is the image of god.”

Beyond God the Father, Mary Daly


Mary Daly was an American radical feminist theologian who famously wrote that “if God is male then male is God”.
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