A woman has been ordained as the first female Anglican bishop in the predominantly Catholic Republic of Ireland. Rev. Pat Storey, a rector in Londonderry, was elected by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.
The married mother of two, who grew up in Belfast and has been working for St Augustine’s, said she was ‘excited and daunted’ by the historic appointment.
She said, ‘I have had an extraordinarily happy experience in St Augustine’s. However, I count it an enormous privilege to begin a new phase of my ministry with the people of Meath and Kildare, and I look forward to working with the team of clergy who are already there’.
Michael Jackson, Archbishop of Dublin, said the appointment ‘brought delight’ to many across the Church of Ireland and throughout the Anglican Communion.
The Anglican churches in Wales and Scotland have the power to appoint woman bishops but have not yet done so. The church in England is expected to discuss permitting the appointment of women bishops next year or in 2015.