08 January 2014

Anglicans mark 70 years since ordination of first woman priest

Anglicans mark 70 years since ordination of first woman priest (Anglican Communion News Service, 8 January 2014)

The Revd Florence Lei Tim-Oi with the vestry members of Morrison Chapel in Autumn 1945. The Revd Florence Lei was the first woman priest in the Anglican Communion. She was ordained at Zhaoqing, Guangdong by Bishop R. O. Hall on St. Paul's Day, January 25, 1944 for the work in Macao.

A service marking 70 years since the ordination of the Anglican Communion's first woman priest will be held in London, England. The event - at St Martin in the Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, on Saturday 25th January - has been organised by members of a foundation set up to honour Reverend Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi's legacy.

Already appointed as a deacon to serve in the colony of Macau at the Macau Protestant Chapel, Dr Li Tim-Oi was ordained a priest on 25 January, 1944 by Bishop of Victoria Ronald Hall. His decision to do so came in response to a crisis among Anglican Christians in China caused by the Japanese invasion.Since it was to be thirty years before any Anglican church regularised the ordination of women, her ordination was controversial and she resigned her licence (though not her priestly orders) after the end of the war.
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