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Li Tim-Oi Foundation marks 21st birthday

08 May 2015

DIOCESE OF SOUTHWARK

Transforming: Bishop Libby Lane in Southwark Cathedral

Transforming: Bishop Libby Lane in Southwark Cathedral

THE Rt Revd Libby Lane, the first woman bishop in the Church of England, has addressed the 21st-anniversary celebrations of the Li Tim-Oi Foundation. Bishop Lane said that the Foundation's work was "life-changing" and had allowed hundreds of women to be a "transforming influence in their communities".

The Foundation was set up in memory of the Revd Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first woman to be ordained in the Anglican Communion in 1944, in the diocese of Hong Kong.

It now supports women in the developing world to train for ministry. Those helped include Rose Aciendhel Kacthiek, 28, who studied in Nairobi, thanks to a grant from the Foundation.

After the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in South Sudan, she is now a member of the National Committee for Healing, Peace and Reconciliation. The Foundation was set up 21 years ago, the same year as women were first ordained in the Church of England.

The address, in Southwark cathedral, was the first in London by Bishop Lane since her consecration in January (News, 30 January).

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