June 27, 2011

Church in Wales appoints first female Dean

by Jan Harris

The Church in Wales is appointing the Rev Canon Dr Sue Jones as Dean of Bangor, following the retirement of the Very Rev Alun Hawkins.

Dr Jones will be the first female to be appointed by the Church in Wales as a Dean, a role which will make her the chief resident cleric of Bangor cathedral.

Prior to becoming one of the first women priests to be ordained in Wales, in 1997, Dr Jones was a trainee teacher and had also worked for the Midland Bank.

A new female deacon has also just embarked on her new career in the church.

Emmas Rees was ordained as a deacon by the Archbishop of Wales at a service at Llandaff Cathedral on 25 June.

She will serve as an assistant curate at All Saints Church, Barry.

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