About 200 people celebrated 20 years since the first women priests were ordained in St Albans Diocese at All Saints Church, Hertford, on 13 March.
? Among the participants were 10 women who were priested in the diocese in 1994, including the Venerable Christine Hardman, who Presided at the service. The Bishop of Hertford, the Rt Revd Paul Bayes, preached. Following a period of silence, he led the congregation in a round of applause with eyes closed and a cheer for God for what had been achieved.
??Pictured with the ten women priested in 1994 is Canon Tom Purchas, who’s wife, the late Canon Patience Purchas, was also one of the 1994 cohort.?