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And now, meet Reverend Barbie

posted by jmcgee

I kid you not.

Take a look:

With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie has at last found her true calling: as a second-career Episcopal priest.

phpThumb.jpgThe 11.5-inch-tall fictional graduate of Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, Calif., has donned a cassock and surplice and is rector at St. Barbara’s-by-the-Sea in (where else?) Malibu, Calif.

She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbie’s custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared sermon and a miniature, genuine Bible.

Apparently a devotee of the “smells and bells” of High Church tradition, the Rev. Barbie even has a tiny thurible, a metal vessel used for sending clouds of incense wafting toward heaven.

The Rev. Barbie, who in less than a week had drawn nearly 3,000 friends on her Facebook page, spends most of her time in the office of the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ (Episcopal) Church, in Manlius, N.Y., near Syracuse.

The doll, her wardrobe and portable sacristy were a gift from Cleaver-Bartholomew’s friend, the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, a priest in Kent, Ohio.

“I got a phone call from my husband who said a large package had arrived;Julie had told me that she was making something for me. She used to be a dressmaker and she makes gorgeous stoles, so I thought she was making me a stole,” said Cleaver-Bartholomew. “When I came home and there was this enormous box, I knew it wasn’t just a stole!”

Fisher had made Episcopal Priest Barbie and a few vestments two years ago for the children in her parish to dress.

“I thought the children would like to practice playing with the vestments and learning what they are,” said Fisher. The Rev. Barbie was a hit with both the children and a local group of women clergy, including Cleaver-Bartholomew.

When Cleaver-Bartholomew later got called to her parish in New York, Fisher knew the perfect gift for her friend.

“I thought, `I don’t have time to make her one of her own; I’ll just send her Episcopal Priest Barbie for her farewell gift,”‘ said Fisher. “But then, when I sat down to start to package everything up, I thought `What if I added this? What if I added that? What if I made this? It would just take one more day.”‘

One more day turned into 100 hours of painstaking labor, and “before I knew it, it was Episcopal Church Barbie–High Church Edition,” Fisher said.

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Holy Cannoli

posted April 5, 2010 at 8:55 pm


>>>She arrived at the church fully accessorized, as is Barbie’s custom. Her impeccably tailored ecclesiastical vestments include various colored chasubles (the sleeveless vestments worn at Mass) for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, neat skirt and heels, a laptop with prepared sermon and a miniature, genuine Bible.
Lovely! What more could one ask for?



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Curious

posted April 6, 2010 at 9:40 am


With all that is going on in the world and the church, the significance of this is what?



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dymphna

posted April 6, 2010 at 9:55 am


Oh why not?



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So sad :-(

posted April 6, 2010 at 4:31 pm


so sad that this woman “priest” had so much time to make this stuff for a doll. Doesn’t she have a job to do? Yup, to her it is just a job not a true vocation for Christ.



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Jackie C

posted April 6, 2010 at 10:08 pm


With all that is going on in the church, why NOT do this? Must we be so carried away with all the bad news every moment of the day?
Folks, it’s called levity. So lighten up!



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Dana MacKenzie

posted April 7, 2010 at 12:59 am


I question the timing. We keep reading about how the “all-boys club” of the Church is responsible for all evil. Right on time, here is Barbie.



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Cherie

posted April 8, 2010 at 7:03 am


Dana MacKenzie:
Yes, but you’re missing the point… it’s EPISCOPAL priest Barbie. Episcopalians have had female priests for a very long time. It’s not like she’s Roman Catholic Priest Barbie, which would be a political and religious statement that is a little more daring.



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Gy Waldron

posted June 1, 2010 at 11:08 pm


One correction —
The Episcopal Church in Malibu is Saint Aidans. And we have a lively congregation. We don’t need a fictional name of Saint Barbara by the Sea.



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