(KMOV) – The Maronite Catholic Church is set to ordain its first married priest on Thursday, and it’s happening in St. Louis.
Deacon Wissam Akiki will be ordained at St. Raymond’s Maronite Cathedral at 6:30 p.m. He will be the first married priest to be ordained into the Maronite Catholic Church.
A spokesperson says Pope Francis made an exception for him to be ordained.
The Maronite church is one of several Eastern Rite churches that acknowledge the Pope in Rome as the highest authority.
Pope Francis gave permission for Akiki to act as any other diocesan priest after being ordained.