How Li Tim-Oi is being commemorated across the world

In Minneapolis on 4 August 2003, the General Convention of the Episcopal Church of USA agreed to insert the Anniversary of Tim-Oi’s Priesting in the Church’s Calendar of Lesser Feasts and Fasts – to be observed on 24 January.

The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada meeting in St Catharine’s Ontario in June 2004 agreed to include Florence Li Tim-Oi in the Calendar of Holy Persons in their Book of Alternative Services – on the anniversary of her death, 26 February.

St. George’s Episcopal Church, Dayton, Ohio has chosen Li Tim-Oi as one of two ‘saints’ from the 20th century to honour with a window in their building. The design [right] recalls how she kept the faith in Red China, even when she was required to feed chickens instead of her fellow-Christians.

Li Tim-Oi has been similarly honoured by windows in the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, Chautauqua NY, in St Paul’s School for Girls, Brocklandville MD, and at St. Mary’s Kerrisdale, Vancouver.

In a frieze at St Gregory of Nyssa Church, San Francisco she is to be seen dancing with Eleanor Roosevelt.

When, on the Golden Jubilee of Li Tim-Oi’s priesting in 1994, Archbishop Donald Coggan launched the Li Tim-Oi Foundation in St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, London, he also dedicated a Prayer Board in her memory. There, as in her life, she continues to carry the thanksgivings, pains and sorrows of many. On the Diamond Jubilee of her priesting, an icon of her was dedicated at St Martin’s; it is in the basement Dick Sheppard Chapel, as he was a pioneer supporter of the ordination of women. (Smaller copies of the icon can be made to order – email A meeting room at St Martin-in-the-Fields has been named Li Tim-Oi after her as part of the major redevelopment of its premises.


The Florence Li Tim-Oi Memorial Reading Room and Archives have been created by Renison University College (part of the University of Waterloo, Canada) and the four Chinese parishes of the Diocese of Toronto celebrating the life and accomplishments of the Rev’d Dr. Florence Li Tim-Oi.

A meeting room has also been named after her in the new Church Mission Society headquarters in Cowley, Oxford.