Chichester Diocese has many ordained women clergy, both deacons and priests; and almost a half of all ordinands being put forward for training are women. Women priests now hold roles as incumbents of parishes, training incumbent, Rural Dean, and Canons of the Cathedral.
A woman priest of the diocese celebrated the eucharist with members of her parish at the Shrine of St Richard in the cathedral, soon after the 1994 ordinations of women to the priesthood took place.
This contrasts quite markedly from the sometimes perceived image of the Chichester Diocese as being hostile to the ordained ministry of women.
The Chalice group’s main purposes are to:
- offer support for women deacons and priests in the diocese
- be a forum where discussions may take place, and concerns raised,
- encourage vocations amongst women to the ordained ministry, as deacons, priests & bishops
- honour women’s ministry by encouraging significant appointments for women in the diocese
- inspire the full inclusion of ordained women in diocesan structures and committees
- respectfully act as critical friend in these matters, where appropriate, to the Diocesan Synod, and Senior Staff team
- present occasional teaching/conference events
The Chalice group has been supported by Bishop David Wilcox who has been involved with the ordination of many of the women priests of the Chichester diocese, and in the past also by Bishop Kenneth Stephenson.
With the recent departure from Chichester diocese of Stephen France and Alastair Cutting, two of our archdeacons are taking on roles as Patrons of the group; which, along with Julia Peaty as Dean of Women’s Ministry in the diocese, means there is now strong support for women clergy at the Bishop’s Staff.
- The Ven Roger Combes
- The Ven Philip Jones
The group is steered by
- Rachel Moriarty (Secretary)
- The Rev’d Lisa Barnett
- Ali Campbell
- The Rev’d Ann Clark
- The Rev’d Simon Holland
- Graham Parr
- The Rev’d Canon Julia Peaty
- Kirsten Scott
The group can be contacted at: chichesterchalice @ gmail . com