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The Li Tim Oi Foundation works in partnership with the St Augustine’s Foundation which is a grant-giving charity that aims to strengthen the theological educational capacity of the Provinces of the Anglican Communion, particularly in the Majority World. It does this through offering a variety of grants to institutions [provinces, dioceses, and theological institutions] and to individuals. More details of the way St Augustine’s does this can be found on the Foundation’s website.

When Li Tim-Oi wanted to study for the ministry, her family could not afford the cost of the course at Union Theological College in Guangzhou [then Canton]. Others provided the resources for her to do so. In her memory her sister Rita primed the pump of the Foundation, so that other Christian women in the Two-Thirds World could, like her, be trained to fulfil their vocations. They call themselves the Daughters of Li Tim-OiRead the stories of some of the 450 women enabled by the Foundation to undertake degrees. They all show that It Takes One Woman.

Donations and legacies are sought to enable this work to continue.

The Foundation commemorates the life and ministry of the Revd Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi who was made a ‘Priest in the Church of God’ on 25 January 1944. This made her the first woman to be ordained within the Anglican Communion.

The Ordination in the Anglican Diocese of Hong Kong and South China took place in the Free China village of Shui Hing during the Sino-Japanese War. It was conducted by Bishop R O Hall in order that Anglican Christians in Tim-Oi’s parish of Macao, the Portuguese island colony, could receive the sacrament of Holy Communion properly authorised.

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