Dagmar Braun Celeste

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Dagmar Ingrid Braun Celeste (born in 1941, Krems, Austria), is a counselor, clergywoman, and author. The former first lady of Ohio, she was married to former Ohio governor (1983–1991) and U.S. ambassador Richard F. Celeste, whom she met while attending Oxford University in England. Dagmar and Richard Celeste, who have six grown children, were divorced in 1995.

Degrees and licenses[edit]

Celeste holds a B.A. in Women's Studies, a Public Policy law degree[citation needed] from Capital University, and a Master's Degree in Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Ministry from the Methodist Theological School in Ohio. She is also a licensed Polarity practitioner.

Politics and social issues[edit]

Achievements of special note as first lady of Ohio included chairing the Ohio Recovery Council, spearheading the drive to establish the first state-sponsored on-site child care center and Employee Assistance Program in Ohio, initiating the Task Force on Family Violence, co-chairing the Governor's Commission on Volunteerism, and serving as Co-Chair of the Council on Holocaust Education. She was an Ohio delegate to the Democratic Convention in 1980.[1] Since 1992, she has continued to remain politically active through such organizations as the National Peace Institute, Women's Action for Nuclear Disarmament, the Council for Ethics in Economics, and the Women's Community Fund in Cleveland.[2]

Catholic priesthood[edit]

In 2002, Celeste announced that she had secretly been ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church under the pseudonym Angela White. She was one of seven women (Danube Seven) ordained by Argentinian Independent Catholic Bishop Rómulo Antonio Braschi on a boat in the Danube River, making her the first female American Roman Catholic to call herself a priest. Celeste was subsequently excommunicated by the Roman Catholic Church, which does not recognize the validity of the ordination of a woman.[3][4]

Other activities[edit]

Celeste serves as the executive director of the Tyrian network, "an intentional learning community founded in 2000 on Kelleys Island, Ohio and dedicated to Brigid, both the Goddess and the Saint".[5] She is the author of the auto-biographical book We Can Do Together: Impressions of a Recovering Feminist First Lady. She has also participated in productions of The Vagina Monologues.[6] She is a long standing professional Life Balance Coach who developed an individualized three-month coaching process designed to empower one to discover a life worth living by embracing the life one is truly called to.

Bibliography[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Time Magazine article
  2. ^ Biographical note from Kent State University Library website
  3. ^ CBS News Website
  4. ^ NCR Online Website
  5. ^ Tyrian Network website: source of quote
  6. ^ East Shore Unitarian Universalist Church website

References[edit]

  • Women Find A Way: the Movement and Stories of Roman Catholic WomenPriests Edited by Elsie Hainz McGrath, Bridget Mary Meehan & Ida Raming ISBN 978-1-60264-223-2
  • Making Waves, a play / oral history project by Kay Eaton and Cece Miller of Sacred Space in Cleveland, OH, includes a reading of the career of Dagmar Celeste

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