Tuesday, April 23, 2019

25 years on - first women priested in Lichfield Diocese

From Lichfield-

This week marks the 25th anniversary of the first women being ordained as priests in Lichfield Cathedral.

The change in canon law in 1994, enabled women who at that time were only permitted to be deacons (clergy who cannot preside a Communion, or giving blessings and absolution) to be ordained as priests. Soon after, 51 female deacons were ordained as priests in Lichfield Cathedral in two services - on 23 and 24 April.

To mark these two dates, we have brought together two groups, to hear their experiences and discuss how their ministry has impacted the whole Church of England: today, a video from St Matthew's Wolverhampton with Revd Gayle Greenway, the current curate, talking to Chaplain to the Queen, Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who was curate there between 1991 and 1995 and priested on 23 April 1994:

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