The 70th anniversary of the ordination of the first female Anglican priest is being celebrated today.
The Reverend Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi was ordained in China on January 25, 1944.
A church service will be held at St Martin-in-the-Fields, central London at 11am today to mark the anniversary.
After the Second World War Li Tim-Oi was put under pressure by church authorities and resigned her licence as a priest, but did not give up her holy orders.
She was put in charge of a parish near the Vietnamese border, where she started a maternity home to ensure baby girls were not smothered at birth.
Li Tim-Oi eventually moved to Toronto, Canada, to be with other members of her family. She lived there until her death in 1992.
A foundation was set up in her name two years later to enable women to be trained for Christian work in their own countries. It has given more than £750,000 in grants to over 350 women in countries including Brazil, Fiji, Kenya, Pakistan, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
One of the first beneficiaries of the foundation, the Reverend Canon Dr Edidah-Mary Mujinya, now president of the Mothers' Union in Uganda, will preach at the service in London.