Wales ordains first female bishop

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January 23, 2017

[Anglican Communion News Service] The first woman to be ordained as a bishop by the Church in Wales has described her consecration at the weekend as “awe-inspiring.”

The Rt. Rev. Joanna Penberthy, former rector of the Benefice of Glan Ithon in the Diocese of Swansea and Brecon, said: “I didn’t think at the beginning of my ministry that I would ever see women in the episcopate but you had to keep believing. What was important was living out the calling that we had at that time and by doing so, opening people’s eyes to the fact that God doesn’t just call men, God calls all of us to his ministry in a way which fits our own particular gifts and talents.”

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