25 years of women priests celebrated in Blackburn

Blackburn Cathedral Credit: ITV News

25 Years of Women Priests to Be Celebrated at CathedralOn May 14, 1994 the ordination of the first 13 women priests in Blackburn Diocese took place.

Exactly 25 years on – May 14, 2019 at 7pm – a Silver Jubilee Eucharist is due to take place at Blackburn Cathedral to celebrate the milestone.

The Eucharist will be presided over by Rt Rev. Julian Henderson, Bishop of Blackburn; will be open to everyone from across the County and will complete a day of special events to mark the anniversary.

Earlier on the same day at 2pm, Rt Rev. Dr Jill Duff, Bishop of Lancaster, will lead a retreat at Whalley Abbey entitled ‘Celebrating Women’s Voices and Vocations’ with a meal to follow at 5pm. This event is also open to all; men and women, lay and ordained.

Bishop Jill said: