The new Dean of Women's Ministry for the Diocese of Chichester, Revd Ann Waizeneker, has expressed her optimism for the future of women's ministry across Sussex.
In an interview broadcast today on the Diocesan You Tube Channel, Ann talks confidently about the "mutual flourishing" of men and women working alongside one another in parish ministry.
"The role is particularly important because having women priests is a relatively new thing in the context of the history to the Christian faith," she explains.
Ann, who is also vicar of the benefice of New Shoreham and Shoreham Beach, was welcomed publicly a few weeks ago to her new combined role by the Bishop of Chichester, Dr Martin Warner.
"My new diocesan role is not only to support women's ordained ministry in the Diocese but to encourage vocations also," she adds. Ann was ordained into stipendiary ministry in 2008 and is from the Diocese of Chichester. Between 1980-1987 Ann was an Assistant Governor in the Prison Service – the first woman to work at Governor grade in the prisons of Winchester and Wandsworth. Ann then focussed on the voluntary sector – her last big job before entering the Church was as Community Fundraising and Volunteering Director at Cancer Research UK.
The interview can be viewed here