A progressive US Catholic Church has announced it will ordain a transgender man on 19 January.
Shannon Kearns will be tasked with starting a new parish in Minneapolis by The North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC), aiming to combine traditional Catholic beliefs with embracing all people.
Kearns transitioned while he was studying for his Master of Divinity in New York.
He said: ‘I am honoured and humbled to have my calling to ministry affirmed by the North American Old Catholic Church.
‘I look forward to many years serving as a priest.’