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Twenty years of women ministry celebrated at Guildford Cathedral

Date: 20 March 2014
On Sat 10th May at 3pm in the Cathedral there is a ‘Celebration of and Thanksgiving for Twenty Years of the Priestly Ministry of Women’. The Dean will preach and Bishop Ian will preside. ALL are welcome. Narrative: HW writes: In 1994, the first women were ordained priest. If patience is a virtue then the 30+ women ordained in Guildford Cathedral were extremely virtuous. Some had served God and the Church faithfully for decades and I shall never forget the sight of the procession of so many women moving down the aisle and the poignant moment as our Bishops, Michael and David, ordained the first women priests – a first for them as well as the women. I was ordained deacon in the same year in a mixed group of women and men and that felt both strange and yet exactly right. We have come a long way since then. This Eucharistic service of celebration in the Cathedral on Saturday 10th May at 3pm will give thanks for the faithful ministry of ordained women and will provide an opportunity for the whole Church to celebrate. There will be cake and bubbly, music, prayer, stories and hazelnuts (yes, really!). Please come and bring your friends – all are welcome - young and old, women and men.

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