Vale Diane Heath

MOWatch Inc celebrates the life of Diane Heath a leader in the Movement for the Ordination of Women both nationally and in Melbourne. In Melbourne Diane was elected as Vice Moderator at the inaugural MOW Melbourne meeting in 1984; after Janet and John Gaden moved to Adelaide in 1986, Diane became co-convenor with Linda Walter and Susan Sandford.

Diane was the first MOW (National) Treasurer and steered the way for incorporation becoming our first Public Officer. Diane spoke passionately in synods and other platforms about the full inclusion of women in the Church. She was one of the women who went to Lambeth in 1988. Diane’s own call to the ordained ministry was not accepted in Melbourne and Diane and Gail went to Perth where Diane was ordained as a deacon and subsequently as a priest in 1993. In Perth Diane had several ministries; she retired in 2007 and returned to Melbourne.

December 2011