With Dignity And Grace

Posted on 12. Dec, 2013, in Achievement, Church of IrelandNo Comments

Julia Turner, who lives on Vancouver Island drew together her mother’s articles, recordings and her own memories in a labour of love entitled ‘With Dignity and Grace’.  Before she died Daphne gave Julia a silver filigree cross and asked that Julia give it to Ireland’s first woman bishop. 

 

The fact that women have been ordained priests in the Church of Ireland owes a lot to Daphne Wormell.  Born Daphne Wallace in Calgary she studied in Trinity College Dublin where she met and married Donald Wormell, later Professor of Latin.  Gradually she became convinced that it was important for women and the Church that women should participate fully in the life of the Church.  The then Archbishop of Armagh, George Simms, asked her to write about ‘Women in the Church’.  In thinking through what she was going to write Daphne became convinced that women had to be ordained.  To be otherwise meant being second class citizens.  Gradually she and fellow activists like Patricia Hastings-Hardy pressed forward becoming the Church of Ireland’s first lay readers in 1975.  Later in 1990 Ginnie Kennerley became the first ordained woman.  Daphne’s daughter, Julia Turner, who lives on Vancouver Island drew together her mother’s articles, recordings and her own memories in a labour of love entitled ‘With Dignity and Grace’.  Before she died Daphne gave Julia a silver filigree cross and asked that Julia give it to Ireland’s first woman bishop.  And so in Christ Church Cathedral the book was launched and the cross given to Bishop Patricia Storey, recently enthroned as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.  Julia recounted the history of the cross to Paul Loughlin.

” With Dignity and Grace” is available through www.hinds.ie at €25

BishopPat&Julia

 

IN CUE:                 “The cross was given to Daphne …..

OUT CUE:            …….. and you achieve so much.”

Total run time = 6:04

 

 

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