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Growing Role for Women in Anglican Communion With AM-Priests in Frocks

March 7, 1994

Undated (AP) _ The Church of England is the mother church of the Anglican Communion, which has 70 million members worldwide.

According to the Anglican Consultative Council, there are 1,381 women priests in 12 of the 28 self-governing provinces, including the U.S. Episcopal Church, which has ordained 1,031 women.

There are two female diocesan bishops - the Rt. Rev. Mary McLeod in Vermont and the Rt. Rev. Penelope Jamieson in New Zealand. Three women have been appointed as suffragans, or deputy bishops, including two in the United States.

In 15 provinces and member churches, there are 1,941 woman deacons, about 800 of them in the United States. The Church of England has 707 full-time and about 500 part-time woman deacons, all now eligible for ordination.

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