List of the first 32 women ordained as Church of England priests

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On 12 March 1994, the first 32 women were ordained as Church of England priests. The service was officiated by Bishop Barry Rogerson in Bristol Cathedral.[1][2][3][4][5]

Rogerson ordained the women in alphabetical order, so Angela Berners-Wilson is considered the very first woman to be ordained.[6][7][8]

The youngest woman to be ordained was Karen MacKinnon, with Jean Kings being the second youngest. The oldest was 69.[9]

In 2004 the tenth anniversary of the ordinations was celebrated at Bristol Cathedral and, by then, one of the priests had died and 14 had retired.[10][11]

The 32 women ordained on the day were: (Complete list copied from the Order of Service)

  1. Angela Berners-Wilson, a university chaplain[7]
  2. Waveney Bishop
  3. Christine Clarke[9][12]
  4. Judith Creighton
  5. Faith Cully
  6. Brenda Dowie
  7. Carol Edwards, of St Christopher's, Brislington[13][14]
  8. Annis Fessey
  9. Jan Fortune-Wood[7]
  10. Susan Giles[2][10]
  11. Jane Hayward[1][3][5][11]
  12. Jean Kings, part-time parish deacon who was also chaplain at University of the West of England[9]
  13. Karen MacKinnon, full-time parish deacon[9]
  14. Audrey Maddock
  15. Charmion Mann
  16. Helen Marshall
  17. Glenys Mills, Christ's Church, Clifton[13][15][16][17]
  18. Jillianne Norman
  19. Clare Pipe-Wolferstan
  20. June Plummer
  21. Susan Restall, St Mary's, Yate[5][13]
  22. Susan Rose
  23. Susan Shipp[14][18]
  24. Margery Simpson
  25. Sylvia Stevens
  26. Judith Thompson
  27. Anita Thorne[2]
  28. Sheila Tyler[2]
  29. Pauline Wall
  30. Rosemary Dawn Watling, at the time a 61-year-old Anglican nun and deacon in a vicarage in Bristol[2][7]
  31. Valerie Woods, Vicar of Wood End in Coventry[2][10]
  32. Ailsa Newby

The officiating bishop believed it would be 10 years before the first woman would be appointed as a bishop.[19]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Andrew Brown (13 March 1994). "'Send down your Holy Spirit upon your servant Angela': History is made as the Church of England ordains its first women priests". The Independent. London. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Orizio Riccardo (13 March 1994). "le sacerdotesse di Sua Maesta'". Corriere della Sera. p. 5. 
  3. ^ a b John Darnton (March 13, 1994). "After 460 Years, The Anglicans Ordain Women". New York Times. 
  4. ^ "A female Archbishop? The contenders". The Guardian. London. 25 July 2002. 
  5. ^ a b c Walter Schwarz (March 12, 1994). "Day of reckoning: First women priests embraced as equals". The Guardian. London. 
  6. ^ Meet Sue – the first woman in 400 years of tradition at King's[permanent dead link], Worcester News, September 18, 2007.
  7. ^ a b c d Anne Senior (7 March 1994). "Church of England fulfilling women's rites". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. a.1. 
  8. ^ Ian Jones (2004). Women and priesthood in the Church of England: ten years on. Church House Publishing. p. 35. ISBN 0-7151-4035-3. 
  9. ^ a b c d Andrew Brown (7 March 1994). "Women take difficult journey into priesthood: Andrew Brown talks to two of the female ministers in the first group to be ordained this week". The Independent. London. 
  10. ^ a b c "Our journey isn’t over, say women priests". Church Times (7357). 12 March 2004. 
  11. ^ a b Jonathan Petre (13 March 2004). "Women priests still held back after 10 years". The Daily Telegraph. London. 
  12. ^ Sue Leeman (March 8, 1994). "Church Of England To Ordain Women -- Action Marks End Of Spiritual Struggle". Seattle Times. 
  13. ^ a b c Joe Joseph (March 28, 1994). "Congregations sing praises of their new women priests". The Times. p. 9. 
  14. ^ a b "Church appointments". The Independent. London. 21 May 1994. 
  15. ^ "A new priest and her congregation". The Times. March 14, 1994. 
  16. ^ Doreen M. Rosman (2003). The evolution of the English churches, 1500-2000. Cambridge University Press. p. 331. ISBN 0-521-64556-5. 
  17. ^ Andrew Brown (14 March 1994). "Quiet revolution as women celebrate first communions: Catholics round on Belgian priest who publicly criticised Rome's attitudes at Anglican ordination". The Independent. London. 
  18. ^ "Women Lead Anglican Services". New York Times. March 14, 1994. 
  19. ^ Keith Gilley (25 September 2004). "The ministry of women". The Guardian. London. 

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