Penny Jamieson- exciting celebrations in June

A select group of six outstanding alumni who show Victoria University’s excellence tradition will be honoured at a Distinguished Alumni Awards dinner on Wed 17 June in Wellington.

One of our previous Dunedin  Diocesan   Bishops, The Rt Rev Dr Penelope (Penny) Jamieson is being honoured with one of these Distinguished Alumni Awards. She was the first woman in the world to be ordained as a diocesan bishop of the Anglican Church.

In 2004 Queen’s Birthday Honours she was made a Distinguished  Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to the community.

Her PhD, 1976 was centred on the experiences of young Tokelauan children learning English as their second language. She worked with the then Inner City Ministry, helping to establish a home tutor programme to teach English to refugees and immigrants, mainly women, who were unable to attend language classes.

She was ordained into the priesthood in 1983 and  was called to Dunedin Diocese in 1990, with the 29 June 2015 marking 25 years since she was ordained Bishop here.

June is also her birthday month!

We give thanks for her ministry to and among us and all she is remembered for in her time with us over 14 years.

May God continue to bless her retirement time as she continues to enjoy ministering at St James’ Anglican Church  in Lower Hutt and enjoying her family, especially her grandchildren.

Jenny Campbell

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