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Service to commemorate 20 years since women were ordained priests

Service to commemorate 20 years since women were ordained priests

On Saturday 10 May at 11:00 a special service will be held at the Cathedral to mark the twenty year anniversary of women being ordained priests.

The Archdeacon of Canterbury, the Venerable Sheila Watson, who was one of the first women ordained in 1994, will preside at the Eucharist.

The Reverend Canon Noelle Hall, Vicar of St Pauls and St Martin’s in Canterbury, who was ordained in Canterbury Cathedral on May 8 1994, will preach during the service.

It is expected that around 100 women priests and hundreds of their supporters will attend.


The service promises to be very special celebration for all women priests in the diocese – from those like Noelle Hall, who were ordained twenty years ago, to women who have been ordained priest more recently. During the service we will sing two of the hymns will be taken from the service that took place in the Cathedral on Sunday May 8th 1994 and these will sit with prayers composed especially for these anniversary celebrations. We are delighted too that the music will be led by the recently formed Canterbury Cathedral Girls’ Choir.

Canterbury Diocesan Women’s Ministry Adviser, Revd Sheila Cox

A national service was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on Saturday 3 May, during which the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said to the women priests gathered, that the Church of England ‘still had a long way to go.’ The service was preceded by a procession of hundreds of ordained women from Westminster Abbey to St Paul’s.

In the Press

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‘Service celebrating the ordination of female priests this weekend’ Canterbury Times (06/05/2014)

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