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Sunday, 6 May 2012

The Revd Hilary Jones - Bishop's Adviser for Women's Ministry

The Revd Hilary Jones has been appointed as Bishop's Adviser for Women's Ministry for the Diocese in Europe in succession to the Revd Adèle Kelham. Hilary has recently moved to reside in the Diocese (in Switzerland) having previously served as a priest in the Diocese of Canterbury where she also served as Adviser for Women's Ministry from 2004 to 2011. Thus she brings a wealth of experience to this role in Europe. We congratulate Hilary on this appointment and look forward to working with her.

The appointment takes effect immediately. There will be a formal commissioning on 17 October this year at the Annual Friends of the Diocese Eucharist at St Matthew's Church, Westminster.

The position is a vital one, focussing on supporting the women clergy through prayer, counsel and encouraging their fullest possible participation in the life and mission of the diocese. Hilary is available to women clergy of the diocese for pastoral, spiritual and professional support and advice as required. She will advise the bishops on matters of concern related to women's ministry.

There are now about 36 women clergy, priests and deacons, licensed in the diocese and many more with permission to officiate. The total number of licensed clergy is 213.

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