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First woman licensed as priest-in-charge of Anglican Church

The Reverend Rachel Marszalek, the first woman to be licensed as a priest-in-charge in the Anglican Church of Bermuda (Photograph by Sarah Lagan)

The Reverend Rachel Marszalek has become the first woman to be licensed as a priest-in-charge in the Anglican Church of Bermuda.

The Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity hosted an historic licensing service for Ms Marszalek on Saturday.

She will serve as minister to St James’s Church, Sandys, and St Anne’s Church, Southampton.

“It feels like such an honour. The Anglican Church of Bermuda has already had two female priests; they are self-supporting ministers. This is the first time a priest has been given the authority over a parish,” she said.

“There is a little bit of history in the making because St James and St Anne’s have come together. They were last in relationship about 100 years ago and they are coming together again. It’s a sense of bringing two families together which again feels like a real honour.”

Ms Marszalek arrived in Bermuda about two weeks ago. Previously, she served in London from 2014 to 2024 as priest-in-charge of a community in All Saints Church in West London.

Before that, she was in Derbyshire doing a training post and before that she was an English teacher.

She said her priority was to bring members of the community together.

“I think the overriding message is to become this big family in God because it is the best family to be a part of. I’m excited to be among the people as they come together to become a family together.”

The installation services took place on Sunday at St James’s Church and at St Anne’s Church.

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Published April 29, 2024 at 7:57 am (Updated April 29, 2024 at 8:19 am)

First woman licensed as priest-in-charge of Anglican Church

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