10 January 2013

Southern Africa: Region to Consecrate Its Second Female Bishop

Bishop-elect Margaret Brenda Vertue, Senior Priest and Vicar General of the Anglican Diocese of False Bay will be consecrated and enthroned as the second Bishop of the Diocese of False Bay and the second woman, after the Right Revd Ellinah Wamukoya, Bishop of Swaziland; on Saturday, 19 January at 10:30 at the University of Stellenboschs' DF Malan Centre.

The Service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Cape Town, the Right Reverend Thabo Magoba; he will be assisted by Bishops from throughout Southern Africa.

Bishop-elect Margaret comes with a wealth of experience. She is a respected Parish Priest, the longest serving member of the Diocesan Chapter and has been Senior Priest since the inauguration of the False Bay Diocese in 2006. She was Deaconed in February 1991 and one of the first two women to be ordained at St George's Cathedral on 29 September 1992.

Originally from the Diocese of Kimberly and Kuruman, Bishop-elect Margaret became the Sunday School worker in the Diocese of Cape Town at the invitation of the then Archbishop; the Right Reverend Phillip Russel.

After her ordination as Deacon and Priest, she served within the Parishes of St. James the Great - Sea Point, St. Matthew's - Bella Vista, St. Philip's - Gordon's Bay and at St George the Martyr - Kuils River. Bishop-elect Margaret was one of the first woman Priests in the Diocese of Cape Town to be Priest-in-Charge, Rector and Archdeacon.

Bishop-elect Margaret's pastoral focus will be centre on Orphaned, Vulnerable young children and the Youth.

A Media Conference is scheduled for immediately after the Service on 19 January; we invite the Media to meet and engage the new Bishop at that time. Please note that a room will be set aside for the Media to watch and record proceedings from.

For further information please visit our Diocesan Website at http://www.falsebaydiocese.org.za

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