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With her careers as veterinarian, astronaut and U.S. president behind her, Barbie may have at last found her true calling: an Episcopal priest. The 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 is fully accessorized: vestments include colored chasubles for every liturgical season, black clergy shirt with white collar, a miniature, genuine Bible and even a tiny thurible. All are the creation of the Rev. Julie Blake Fisher, a priest in Kent, Ohio, who crafted the outfits and accessories as a gift for the Rev. Dena Cleaver-Bartholomew, rector of Christ Church, in Manlius, N.Y.

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Title Annotation:PEOPLE
Publication:National Catholic Reporter
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Apr 16, 2010
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