Local Anglican female priest passes away at 65

Thursday, November 6, 2008
Issue 519, Page 6
Word count: 332
Published in: Macau Daily Times

By Poyi (Natalie) Leung

The Rev’d Judith Ryland, an Anglican priest in Macau, passed away at the age of 65 on November 1 and had her funeral held in Zhuhai yesterday.

A memorial service will be staged at 10am on November 8 at the Morrison Chapel near Camoes Park in Macau where the Rev’d was the commissioned Clergy in Charge since March 2004.

Colin Stagg told the Macau Daily Times the Rev’d Judith Ryland had just been to Beijing to see her first grandson and she was aboard on her return flight to Macau when she suffered from a fatal heart attack.

Having moved to Macau five years ago, the Rev’d Judith Ryland was ordained as the Minister of the Church of England (Anglican Church) in January 2008 by Archbishop Paul of Hong Kong and Macau which made her just the second female priest in Macau.

Stagg said both Hong Kong and Macau had an established history of female priests, where the Church of England had also established principles of having female priests and thus he said he “didn’t see any problems” in the Rev’d Judith Ryland becoming one.

According to the Hong Kong Anglican Church’s website, the Rev’d Judith Ryland was an Australian deaconess from the Diocese of Brisbane and had taught English in Zhongshan, mainland China.

She was born, educated and worked in Bristol England prior to migrating to Australia at the age of 28 where she got married and had two sons.

She was very much involved with the Anglican Church working in the fields of outreach, youth, the elderly and those on the fringe.

“Her full time employment centred on welfare work amongst the disadvantaged and the elderly including several groups from non-English speaking backgrounds,” the website said.

Prior to her ordination the Rev’d Judith Ryland completed her ministry formation and Diploma of Ministry at St Francis College Brisbane and a Bachelor of Theology at the Brisbane College of Theology.

She was also a holder of other qualifications in management and counselling.

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