In 2014 we celebrated the 20th anniversary since the ordination of women as priests in the Church of England.

On Saturday 7 June a service of thanksgiving was held at Oxford’s Cathedral at Christ Church at 11 a.m. The preacher was be the Revd Preb Rose Hudson-Wilkin and the President was the Ven. Karen Gorham, Archhdeacon of Buckingham.

Prayers from the Eucharist : Sermon by The Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson

This was followed by a Panel Discussion at St Mary the Virgin, Oxford, at 2 pm. The Panel was chaired by Canon Dr Judith Maltby. Speakers were the Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Revd Caroline Symcox, the Bishop of Buckingham and Christina Rees.

Hear reactions from those who attended the service here. 

Photographs of the event

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Charcoal sketches made by Emma Safe
The first two were exhibited on the day, the others were drawn on the the day. Contact Emma if you would like further information.

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Jubilant smiles. Archbishop Justin waves with the class of 94. Photo: St Paul’s Cathedral.

Jubilant smiles. Archbishop Justin waves with the class of 94. Photo: St Paul’s Cathedral.

Download poster for the event.

A special prayer for the day:

Creating God,
you call us to share,
through gift and grace,
in the making of your kingdom.

We thank you for all who have inspired us
through their courage, vision,
and daring to believe in a different future.

Redeeming God,
we celebrate the hard work of those
who seek a richer church,
where the talents of all its members can be used
to your glory in the service of your world.

Sustaining God,
keep us faithful to your gospel,
alert to our failings,
and open to your spirit in all creation.


The prayer was written specially for the occasion on 7 June by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild.

If you were unable to attend our service on 7 June but would like a commemorative bookmark and copy of the order of service booklet please email

Read an account of the service of celebration at St Paul’s Cathedral on 3 May. Hear messages from the Rt Revd Victoria Matthews, Bishop of Christchurch, New Zealand, the Revd Canon Sue Booys and the Revd Canon Rosie Harper here: