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Dean For Woman's Ministry Licensed In Chichester Diocese (posted 4 March 2013)

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Dean for Women's Ministry Licensed in Chichester Diocese...

Picture: Canon Julia Peaty
Canon Julia Peaty

A new role that will oversee the ministry of women in the diocese of Chichester has been created. 

Canon Julia Peaty was licensed as Dean of Women's Ministry, at Chichester Cathedral, on Sunday 3rd March at the 3.30pm Evensong.

Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner, said:  "Canon Julia's new post will give her by right a place at the Bishop's staff meeting and on the Bishop's Council, together with a clear description of her role in ensuring that women in ordained and lay ministry are recognised, valued, and increased in number.  I am delighted that she will continue in this new post with enhanced profile and opportunities."

Canon Julia was ordained in 1999.  She is currently Curate at St Swithun's East Grinstead in West Sussex (since 1999) and she has been Rural Dean of East Grinstead since May 2010 and Prebendary, Hova Ekklesia (made Canon) in September 2010.  She has, for a number of years, exercised an important informal role as Advisor for Women's Ministry in the diocese.

The Dean of Chichester The Very Reverend Nicholas Frayling, said: "It is very important to affirm the ministry of women priests in the Diocese of Chichester, and we at the Cathedral were delighted to host this event.  Julia Peaty brings great gifts to her new role and I am sure this will be a real encouragement to the very gifted women whose ministry is greatly valued in our diocese."

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