Florence Li Tim-Oi
|Florence Li Tim-Oi|
|Born||5 May 1907
|Died||26 February 1992
|Venerated in||Episcopal Church USA, Anglican Church of Canada|
|Feast||24 January (Episcopal Church USA); 26 February (Anglican Church of Canada)|
Florence Li Tim-Oi (Chinese: 李添嬡 Cantonese Lei Tim'oi, Mandarin Li Tian'ai; 5 May 1907 in Hong Kong – 26 February 1992 in Toronto) was the first woman to be ordained to the priesthood in the Anglican Communion.
Already appointed as a deacon to serve in the colony of Macau at the Macau Protestant Chapel, Florence Li was ordained priest on 25 January 1944, by Ronald Hall, Bishop of Victoria, in response to the 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.
She was appointed an honorary (nonstipendiary) assistant priest in Toronto in 1983, where she spent the remainder of her life.
In 2003, the Episcopal Church fixed 24 January as her feast day in Lesser Feasts and Fasts, based on the eve of the anniversary of her ordination. In 2007, the Anglican Communion celebrated the Centennial of her birth.
- "The Anglican Communion, The Episcopal Church, and ACNA". Anorderlyaccount.com. Retrieved 2010-11-19.[dead link]
- Schjonberg, Mary Frances (May 4, 2007). "Communion to celebrate first woman priest Li Tim-Oi on anniversary of birth | Episcopal Church". The Episcopal Church. Retrieved 18 August 2016.
- It Takes One Woman The Li Tim-Oi Foundation
- Mary Frances Schjonberg, "Toward Columbus: Women's ordination marks 30-year milestone: Debate changed face of church," found at Episcopal Church official website
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