30 Years

30 years ago the first women were ordained as priests, this year we are celebrating the ministry of women in the Diocese of Chichester.

Over three decades the Diocese of Chichester, which encompasses the counties of both East and West Sussex, has benefited from the ministry of numerous women, many of whom had served as deaconesses and deacons prior to 1994. 

To mark this milestone, we are hosting a photographic exhibition containing over 30 self-portraits of the women who have served our Diocese, and continue to do so today.  

The portraits will be on display alongside a booklet, containing short reflections provided by the sitters, upon their ministry, daily life and guidance to those seeking to be part of life of a church.

The exhibition will be on display from 22nd April - 31st May available to view in the Cathedral’s North Chapels. The portraits, and stories, will also be shared on social media via the Cathedral and Diocesan channels.  

As well as the exhibition, a special Eucharist will take place at the Cathedral on Monday 13th May 2024 at 11.30am with the Bishop of Horsham, the Right Reverend Ruth Bushyager. All are welcome to attend.

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