Women's priesthood group plans Michigan ordination

A group that promotes opening the Catholic priesthood to women plans to ordain a woman as priest Saturday in western Michigan, drawing a warning of excommunication from Kalamazoo's Roman Catholic bishop.

The organization Roman Catholic Womenpriests says it's ordaining 75-year-old Lillian Lewis on Saturday.

Group spokeswoman the Reverend Suzanne Thiel tells The Associated Press that Bishop Joan Hauk will officiate.

The service was originally going to be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. But The Kalamazoo Gazette reports it will now be at Lewis' home.

Lewis told the newspaper she moved the ceremony because the church was receiving harassing phone calls.

Bishop Paul Bradley says the ordination is invalid and will bring the woman attempting it "automatic excommunication."