Women In Ministry

Prophet Vicariate

Women in Ministry Group

Women play a vital role within the mission of the Church and the expression of that mission in the diocese of Northampton. The Church has consistently emphasised this important, distinct role in her teachings. In Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation of 2013, ‘The Joy of the Gospel’, we read:

“The Church acknowledges the indispensable contribution which women make to society…I readily acknowledge that many women share pastoral responsibilities with priests, helping to guide people, families and groups and offering new contributions to theological reflection. But we need to create still broader opportunities for a more incisive female presence in the Church. Because “the feminine genius is needed in all expressions in the life of society, the presence of women must also be guaranteed in the workplace” and in the various other settings where important decisions are made, both in the Church and in social structures.” (paragraph 103)

The Women in Ministry Group (WMG) Northampton was formed during the pandemic after a series of conversations online and in person with the then newly installed Bishop David Oakley.


  • present the voices of women in the Diocese of Northampton and the many and varied ministries they undertake.
  • hope to be an advocate and support to women in the Diocese, sharing and celebrating new perspectives and developments in women’s ministry

The Women In Ministry Northampton has focused its efforts over the last year on the Diocesan synodal journey as pilgrims of hope leading the Womens working party. They have also organised two Diocesan gatherings of women in Oct 2021 and 2022 and two smaller retreats for the core team.

Unseen Women of the Bible 

Would you like to do something to find out more about women of the Bible?
This Lent the Diocesan Women in Ministry group is offering to send you a Biblical woman’s name and a Bible reference each morning and a short evening shared prayer on Zoom at 6.45 to 7pm on weekdays from 19 February to 15 March, weeks 1-4 of Lent. No need to commit to every day – just join us when you can.
We’ll be using Ros Clarke’s book, Forty Women: Unseen women of the Bible from Eden to Easter, from Eve to Ruth.  You might like to get a copy, (search on Forty-Women-Unseen-women-Easter) or you can do your own research each day.
Interested? Contact Joanna at joanna.hale@northamptondiocese.org


Who We Are

Our Contact details

Group Coordinator: Helen Burgess