Florence Li Tim-Oi

The Reverend Florence Li Tim-OiThe Florence Li Tim-Oi Memorial Reading Room and archives at Renison are dedicated to the memory of the Reverend Dr. Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first female priest to be ordained in the Anglican Communion.  Her ordination took place in Hong Kong on January 25, 1944.

Florence Li Tim-Oi had an unshakable faith in God that inspired her to serve thousands of people throughout her lifetime in Hong Kong, Macau, China, and Canada.  Eventually appointed as an honorary assistant priest in the Diocese of Toronto in 1983, she was a good friend of Renison University College's former Chancellor, Bishop Arthur Brown.

Despite prolonged periods of deprivation and persecution, she continued her ministry with commitment and courage.

Her exemplary conduct as a priest helped pave the way for the ordination of women in the Anglican Communion.

Renison University College continues to support the continuation of her work and memory through a variety of events in multiple Anglican dioceses.

Other Notes:

  • Organized in collaboration with Renison, a service in honour of the 70th anniversary of Florence Li Tim-Oi's ordination was held at St. James' Cathedral in Toronto on January 25, 2014.
  • Renison University College's Florence Li Tim-Oi Memorial Award

Rita K. Lee Chui and her husband, Siu Ting Chui, established this award in memory of her sister, The Reverend Florence Li Tim-Oi, the first ordained woman priest in the Anglican Communion. This award will be granted to a student graduating from the Social Development Studies plan with high academic achievement who has been admitted into the Bachelor of Social Work program. Candidates must have a record of community service, be involved with a faith community, and demonstrate financial need. A preference will be given to candidates who have shown an interest in work with the elderly. The recipient of this award is known as the Florence Li Tim-Oi Scholar.