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Two months in, first woman dean of Wales cathedral resigns

Two months in, first woman dean of Wales cathedral resigns

Just two months into the job, the first female dean of Llandaff Cathedral in Wales has resigned. Apparently she encountered a certain amount of resistance to the idea of a woman in this position. From WalesOnline:

The first woman Dean of Llandaff Cathedral has resigned just two months after she was installed in the post.

The Archbishop of Wales, Dr Barry Morgan, said he had accepted Janet Henderson’s resignation “with enormous sadness”.

Church in Wales sources have told WalesOnline that Dean Henderson had had “a “difficult time” since her appointment, with some clergy resenting the appointment of a woman.

Read full story here.


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This makes me so sad. I grew up in this diocese, I went for a while to the same school that the Dean attended (we didn’t meet). At around that time, I was told in a conversation about vocations that “there never will be women priests in the Church in Wales.” There’s plenty of water under that bridge for me, but it seems that the sentiment continues in at least some quarters, and it is maddening and saddening to know. I am praying for the church in which I was confirmed.

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