As the daughter of a clergyman who was the public face of the antiapartheid movement, Mpho Tutu was accustomed to living in the shadow of her father, Archbishop Desmond Tutu of Cape Town, South Africa. But on January 17 in Alexandria, Virginia, the elder Tutu ceded the spotlight to his youngest daughter as he ordained her a priest in the Episcopal Church.
When Mpho (pronounced M-poh), 40, decided to follow in the family business, it came as a surprise to both father and daughter. “If you look at my bank balance, she is not so smart,” the elder Tutu joked after Mpho and three others were ordained as priests. “Her sister said, ‘You lived in a priest’s house and you want to be a priest? You must be crazy!’ We’re glad she is crazy.”