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Wales' first woman Bishop, Joanna Penberthy, consecrated at Llandaff Cathedral

Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy with Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. Photo: The Church in Wales

The first woman Bishop in Wales has been consecrated at Cardiff's Llandaff Cathedral in "an historic" day for the Church in Wales.

The Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy was elected as the 129th Bishop of St Davids last year.

It was the first chance for a woman to be elected as a Bishop since the church made the decision to allow it in 2013.

A previous vote in 2008 to allow the ordination of women as Bishops had narrowly failed.

Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales. Credit: PA

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said the glass ceiling had been broken for women in the Church of Wales.

He also paid tribute to the women clergy for “daring to trust and hope” during what had been a “long and hard journey” to ordination.

But Dr Morgan, who retires next week, made it clear that the Bishop was appointed for her talents, not her gender.

This is an historic occasion for the Church in Wales, as well as a being hugely significant moment for Canon Joanna. It is marvellous that it is possible for us to appoint women, as well as men, to all three Orders of ministry and to regard that as now being the norm.

What matters is not gender, but suitability, character, gifts - and that was why Joanna was elected as Bishop.

I hope everyone will celebrate with us and support Joanna and pray for her as she embarks on this next stage in her ministry.

– Dr Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales

The Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy was born in Swansea and grew up in Cardiff.

She was among the first women ordained as priests in Wales in 1997 and, ten years later, was made a Canon at St Davids Cathedral, where she will be enthroned as Bishop in February.

In some ways I think anyone who's about to be consecrated as a Bishop feels the awe of the occasion, but obviously [being the first woman Bishop in Wales] adds to it hugely.

Therefore it's a cause of great joy as it's, in a sense, been something the Church in Wales has been reflecting about, praying about, talking about, arguing about and moving towards for a long time.

– The Revd Canon Joanna Penberthy

More than 500 people attended the bilingual service.

Emily Gadd reports: