The Revd Rosemary Donovan, vicar of Christ Church, Epsom, has been appointed to the honorary position of diocesan adviser on women’s ministry. She will be responsible for keeping abreast of research and development in the ministry of ordained women to ensure that inclusivity remains high on the diocesan agenda. Rosemary will be getting immediately stuck into her new role, playing a key part in the upcoming 'Women Only!' vocation day, designed to encourage women to follow their calling to ordained ministry.
In her new role Rosemary will represent the diocese at national events, such as the annual National Association of Diocesan Advisers in Women’s Ministry (NADAWM) conference, and will be a key part of diocesan events.
Commenting on her appointment, Rosemary said: “Personally, I see this post as a way of promoting the full inclusion of women at every level of church life and being an advocate for the ministry of women clergy in the Diocese of Guildford. I hope to provide a listening ear for ordained women to increase awareness of the issues they face in ministry, as well as seeking to encourage and identify the gifts, skills and potential among them, so they can be developed and fulfilled. I am very much looking forward to being part of the discipleship, vocations and ministry team and to making connections across the diocese.”
Hazel Whitehead, director of discipleship, vocation and ministry, said: “We are delighted that Rosemary will be the new adviser on women’s ministry. She brings experience as a parish priest in the diocese and has previously served in parishes in Birmingham. She has been a training incumbent and has experience of fostering vocations."
Rosemary's first event, the 'Women Only!' vocation day, will be held on 11 February in Epsom, starting at 9:30am. The day is designed to enlighten, educate, inform and inspire women to follow their calling into ordained ministry. More information about the event, including how to register, is available here.