This week in Christian history: ‘Father of Orthodoxy’ dies, Methodists vote to allow female clergy

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Throughout the extensive history of the Church, there have been numerous events of lasting significance.

Each week brings anniversaries of impressive milestones, unforgettable tragedies, amazing triumphs, memorable births, notable deaths and everything in between.

Some of the events drawn from over 2,000 years of history might be familiar, while other happenings might be previously unknown to most people.

The following pages highlight events that happened this week — May 2–8 — in Christian history.

They include the death of an early church leader known to some as the “Father of Orthodoxy,” the Methodist Church voting to allow female ordination, and a medieval Christian woman reportedly receiving several visions over the course of a day.

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