Lynne Mapes-Riordan, left, is in a Sunday Mass procession July 15 at St. Nicholas Church in Evanston, Ill. At right is visiting pastor Father Casmir Damor. Mapes-Riordan wants the opportunity to enter the Catholic Church’s deacon formation program, which does not allow women. She would like to spend a year and have the choice to continue to become a deacon.

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