Church’s first woman dean installed in historic ceremony at Renk Cathedral in Sudan

[Episcopal News Service, Renk, Sudan] “Greet your new dean!”

With those words, history was made in the Episcopal Church of the Sudan on August 17 as the new dean of St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the Diocese of Renk, the Very Rev. Martha Deng Nhial, became the first woman to be installed as head of an Episcopal Cathedral in Africa’s largest nation.

Bishop Ezekiel Kondo of the Diocese of Khartoum presented Nhial to the more than 500 people crowded into the cathedral amid great celebration and applause. The women in the congregation ululated and danced in the aisles, while the choir sang, drums were played and leis were placed around the new dean’s neck.

“Dean Martha is the first woman priest to be dean of a cathedral in all of Sudan,” Kondo told the congregation. “She is one of the first women priests to be dean of a cathedral in all of Africa. This is a day of making history!”

Great story: Episcopal Life Online – WORLD REPORT

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