Church of South India appoints first female bishop

By ACNS staff
Posted Sep 25, 2013

[Anglican Communion News Service] The Church of South India has today appointed its first female bishop.

The Rev. Eggoni Pushpalalitha was ordained in 1983 and has most recently served as a priest in the Diocese of Nadyal in Andhra Pradesh.

Her appointment comes only days after the Church of Ireland elected its first female bishop, the Rev. Pat (Patricia) Storey as the new bishop of Meath and Kildare.

Mani M. Philip, provincial secretary of the Church of South India, confirmed that Pushpalalitha had been appointed by the Synod Selection Board this afternoon.

“We have been ordaining women since 1976,” he told ACNS, adding that in its constitution the province mandates that at least 25 percent of all statutory bodies should be women.

Bishop-designate Pushpalalitha is expected to be installed on Sept. 30.

One of the 38 member churches of the Anglican Communion, the Church of South India is a “united” church — the result of the union of churches of varying traditions Anglican, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Reformed. It was inaugurated in September 1947.


Comments (4)

  1. Rev. Satvasheela Pandhare says:

    Overwhelmed with the news!!! The Church, finally valued women contribution in ministry. It is absolutely encouraging news. Congratulations to Bishop Pushpalalitha!!!

  2. Rev. Dr. Enos Das Pradhan says:

    Rev. Mrs. Pushpalalita is the member of the Executive Committee of the Communion of Churches in India. The Communion of Churches in India felicitates her and the constituent member church, the CSI. Hope that other constituent member churches of the CCI, the CNI and the Mar Thoma will follow this example.

  3. Dr.T.Vanlaltlani says:

    In faith Christians believe and accept priesthood of all believers and equal partnership in ministry; in practice CSI is doing it and congratulation to Rev.Mrs Pushpalitha who shares that responsibility and status. Let all the churches in India be opened to do the samein promoting women and men to share equal responsibility for developing ministry in Indian churches to make their ministry more effective.

  4. revolution in christian church history to have 1st female bishop

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