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Member of indigenous community is first woman to be ordained in Guyana

Posted on: June 16, 2017 12:06 PM
Deacon Hunter with Bishop Charles Davidson
Photo Credit: Diocese of Guyana
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The diocese of Guyana has its first ever female Deacon. Rita Hunter was ordained last Saturday at Christ Church in Georgetown by the Bishop of Guyana, the Right Revd. Charles A. Davidson.

Deacon Rita is from the Akawaio tribe and hails from Jawalla in the Upper Mazaruni River, where she has resided all her life.

Deacon Rita’s life in the Anglican Church began from her early childhood.  She became a Catechist in 1979 and a Eucharistic Minister two years later. Her dedication to the Church includes ongoing work on translation of the New Testament into the Akawaio language.  She has also served her community as an interpreter, midwife and health worker. 

Deacon Rita and her husband of 53 years, Barrington, have five children.