25th Anniversary of the Ordination of Women to the Priesthood

On Thursday 21 December, 25 years ago, 11 women and three men were ordained to the priesthood – the Rev’ds Maree Armstrong, Sheila Bourne, Rod Bower, Margaret Carr, Brian Douglas, Audrey Fuller, Barbara Howard, Ramsay Nuthall, Beatrice Pate, Julia Perry, Pam Sauber, Sr Angela C.S.Cl, Val Tibbey, and Jenny Willsher.

This is a particularly significant anniversary as it was the first ordination of priests in this Diocese which included women.

At the end of 2017, a special anniversary Eucharist was held at Christ Church Cathedral to mark the significant occasion.

The Rev’d Canon Dr Julia Perry celebrated and the Rev’d Dr Barbara Howard preached.

You can read the Rev’d Dr Barbara Howard’s sermon from the day here.

Photos thanks to Grant Killen.