In an interview with Religion News Services before her release from prison Tuesday, Cook said she will advocate for female prisoners and people who struggle with addiction as an alternative to ministry. She was stripped of her title in the Episcopal Church and is no longer a priest or bishop.
The report says she led “S.O.B.E.R. October” events while in prison.
“This system is so bleak and cold that we do that for one another, that when one is weak, another is strong,” Cook said of life in prison.
She added that she “was absolutely overwhelmed with shame and grief and hopelessness” over Palermo’s death.