38 new priests for the Diocese of London
38 new priests will serve parishes throughout the Diocese of London following ordination services across the Capital last week. The new priests, who number 19 women and 19 men, represent a great variety of backgrounds and ages, illustrating the strength and diversity of the Church in London.
This year’s ordinations are particularly significant as they fall on the 25th anniversary year of the first female ordinations to the priesthood in the Church of England. The 19 new female priests join the growing group of women who have been ordained over the course of the past quarter of a century.
Latest figures from the Church of England show that women make up almost a third of the Church’s 20,000 active clergy, and there has been a 38% increase in the number of women starting training for ordained ministry in the past two years.
The Rt Revd and Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE said:
“I’m overjoyed to see thirty-eight new Priests ordained in the Diocese – representing an increase of almost a third compared to last year. The Church is flourishing in London, and these talented and inspirational men and women are testament to that. It will be a great privilege to work alongside each of them as they take the next step in their journey following God and serving their communities.”