Comments: Bishop of St Davids: Joanna Penberthy elected

Joanna Penberthy's journey through ministry, thus far, makes her unusually commendable as a choice to serve the Church in Wales - from diakonia to Diaconate and Priesthood of the non-stipendiary kind, as an adult educator, then engagement in full time ministerial leadership, in and out of the Province. If more members of the episcopate had this breadth of experience, British Anglicans would indeed be blessed.

Posted by Keith Kimber at Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 3:21pm GMT

Laus Deo! A ninth Province with female bishops, the 62nd woman to become an Anglican bishop (by date of election; 59th by date of consecration) and the fourth bishop to have been episcopally ordained four times, joining deaconesses Bishop Kay Goldsworthy, Bishop Alison White, and Bishop Christine Hardman.

Posted by Peter S at Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 10:36pm GMT

Wonderful news - for Wales and for the LGBT Community in the Church

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 10:50pm GMT

The Diocese of St Davids has a conservative evangelical presence..( Including the largest congregation in the CinW)..It will be interesting to see their reaction.

Posted by robert ian williams at Wednesday, 2 November 2016 at 11:22pm GMT

I am deeply disappointed with people who post regularly here. It is now 24 hours after this announcement was made and no-one has complained that Joanna trained at Cranmer Hall and there has been no attempt whatsoever to outline a conspiracy theory in which this appointment is seen as an attempt by ++Justin to impose uniform evangelical leadership amongst the bishops by engineering the appointment of a Cranmer graduate to a diocesan post outside his jurisdiction. Frankly, I am appalled and, yes, disappointed by you all. I expect better of Thinking Anglicans when it comes to seizing an opportunity to spin a conspiracy theory.

Posted by Charles Read at Thursday, 3 November 2016 at 1:33pm GMT

Charles, but St. David's is on t'other side of Offa's Dyke and a long way from Lambeth and in another Anglican Province. "Here be dragons" and until early next year it is Barry who rules, not Justin for here the Archbishop of Canterbury hath no jurisdiction.
There is a difference between the Church of England and the Church in Wales, the latter was disestablished as long ago as 1920 and I, personally, have no reason to suspect that the ABC has imposed the Old Cranmerian Joanne as part of a conspiracy plot to evangelise the Province! It's all Bazza's doing and his parting shot to the Church in Wales which has been brought down to its knees during his long primacy.

Posted by Father David at Friday, 4 November 2016 at 7:10am GMT

Marvellous for this excellent, pastorally well equipped,lady, less so for those who seek in their bishop the centre of unity

Posted by Clive Sweeting at Friday, 4 November 2016 at 9:13am GMT

@Charles Read: do you work for MI5?

Posted by Pam at Friday, 4 November 2016 at 9:13pm GMT

" I expect better of Thinking Anglicans when it comes to seizing an opportunity to spin a conspiracy theory." - Charles Read -

From the tone of your comment, Charles, I suspect that you, yourself, might actually be disappointed that someone on T.A. has actually recognised the fact that Canon joanna's appointment has been welcomed - by those of us who recognise her openness to LGBTI people in the Church. Credit where credit is due. It is not the theological bent of the training institution that matters. Rather, it is the basic integrity of students they turn out.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 4:35am GMT

Father Ron, I am usually in agreement with you, but why is the election of Joanna Penberthy necessarily wonderful news for the LGBT community in Wales? Unless I have missed something, and I may well have done, the women who have been made bishops in England have been remarkably reluctant to speak out boldly asking for justice and equality for LGBT people in the C of E. I do not know Joanna Penberthy, and she may well be the one to raise her voice clearly on this matter. I hope so, and wish her well. Certainly she has a great advantage in being part of the Church in Wales.

Posted by Barry at Saturday, 5 November 2016 at 12:15pm GMT

I think some readers might possibly need to turn up their sarcasm detectors when reading and writing. Come on, folks, lighten up a little.

Posted by Simon Kershaw at Sunday, 6 November 2016 at 9:46pm GMT

Dear Barry, I do understand your concern. However, in this case, the LGBTI community has found the Reverend Canon Joanna to be their friend and advocate. There's no knowing what the power of a woman in the Church of Wales H.o.B. might not bring about in that rarified atmosphere. God has used a woman before in history to bring about new life - at the Incarnation of Jesus.

Posted by Father Ron Smith at Sunday, 6 November 2016 at 11:04pm GMT

Joanna Penberthy spoke very well for lgbt people on Sunday (radio 4) last sunday morning 8 am.

I was both delighted and amazed ! Rarely have I heard a bishop speak so openly and open-hearted of lgbt. Certainly not a diocesan / bishop-elect.

Jesus and gays in one breath -- did my heart good.

Hope she will be left in peace-- if that can happen anywhere, that would be Cymru / Wales

Posted by Laurence Roberts at Friday, 11 November 2016 at 2:17pm GMT
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