Saturday afternoon saw a packed Cathedral at a service to celebrate and give thanks for 25 years of women being ordained as priests in the Church of England.
The Silver Jubilee celebration Eucharist saw Bishop Guli, our own female Bishop of Loughborough, lead and preside while the sermon was delivered by the Archdeacon Pastor of Coventry Diocese, Sue Field, who was one of those ordained in Leicester Cathedral on 8 May 1994. Also ordained at the same service a quarter of a Century ago was Susan Leighton, Priest in Charge of St Theodores and Chaplain of the Good Shepherd, who shared with the congregation some of her own reflections and experiences.
Music was provided by the Girls and Songmen of the Cathedral Choir and in a nice nod to history, the opening hymn and the Bible readings were the same as those used in the service 25 years ago.
Afterwards, a special celebration cake and prosecco were enjoyed by the congregation, in keeping with the celebratory nature of the day.
Following the service Canon Karen Rooms, Women’s Ministry Enabler for the Diocese said: “What a joy to gather together the first ground breaking generation of women ordained over 25 years, whose priesthood is blessing the people of this city and county today. Their leadership and ministry in parish, in chaplaincy, in the Church and wider society, and in new ways of building community and doing church, is testimony to our collective response to the continuing work of God that the church marks at Pentecost.”