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A Historic Event

On Sunday 3rd August 2014, we witnessed a historic event at Bolton Priory. As the Church of England gives thanks to God for twenty years of the ministry of women priests, Canon Wendy Wilby, formerly Canon Precentor of Bristol Cathedral, became the first woman to preside at our Sung Eucharist. 

‘In the twenty years of women’s ministry in the Church of England, the Priory has never in principle been opposed to a woman presiding at the Eucharist, although in practice it has perhaps been somewhat cautious. However, we were very pleased yesterday to be able to welcome Canon Wendy Wilby as the first woman to preside at a Eucharist at the Priory since its foundation in 1154′, said Paul Middleton, Churchwarden.