Diocese celebrates 40 years of women’s ordination to priesthood

Diocese celebrates 40 years of women’s ordination to priesthood

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of women’s ordination to the priesthood in Aotearoa, we invite you to gather at St James Church in Lower Hutt – where the first women were ordained as priests in our diocese in 1978.  The service will be on Sunday the 2nd of December, and will consist of an afternoon tea and sharing of stories at 3.30pm, followed by a celebration Eucharist at 5pm.

All are welcome, women and men, young and old. Please bring stories to share at the afternoon tea, and for the Offertory at the service: a) Sanitary products to be donated to the city mission; b) a button for every significant woman leader you want to celebrate (if you forget, there will be buttons available on the day) and c) written stories to be gathered for a collection of our ongoing story.

Photo: Our diocese wasn’t the first in our province to ordain women to the priesthood – this photo shows the Diocese of Auckland’s Rev Jean Brookes, Rev Wendy Cranston, and Rev Heather Brunton after their ordination by Bishop Eric Gowing, on the 3rd of December, 1977.
Source: Librarian J Bright from the Howick parish history, When All the Saints by Robert Hattaway and Margaret Willis.