When the bishops of Australia were meeting with the Primate prior to General Synod it was an ideal opportunity to begin Adelaide’s celebrations of the 30th anniversary of the priesting of women in Australia .


On Wednesday 23 March 2022  the procession entered St Peter’s Cathedral.




Lavinia Gent, verger, met the procession at the door. she is the daughter of Alison Gent who formed the first Women’s Ordination discussion group, WHO?

  Three of the five women who were ordained on 4 December 1992 had a role.

The Rev’d Joan Caring-Bould in the procession, followed by the Rev’d Susan Straub


Susan and Joan are Deacon and Sub-deacon


The Rev’d Dr Lesley McLean, national president of MOW, reads a lesson

Susan, Bishop Denis Ferguson and Joan

Susan reads the gospel


Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy delivered the sermon

Bp Denise Ferguson presiding


the chamber orchestra of St Peter’s Girls School played during the administration of Holy Communion


Archbishop Geoff Smith, Primate and Archbishop Kay chat on the cathedral steps

Apb Kay caught up with Lesley

and Adelaide’s women clergy caught up with the women bishops. The Rev’d Sr Julian SI is from 2nd from L



Author: Lesley McLean