"Three women have joined the episcopacy in three provinces of the Anglican Communion. The Church of Ireland has appointed its first female bishop. The Irish House of Bishops appointed the Rev. Pat (Patricia) Storey as the new bishop of Meath and Kildare. She succeeds Bishop Richard Clarke, who is now Archbishop of Armagh. The appointment was left to the House of Bishops after the Episcopal Electoral College failed to appoint a bishop for the dioceses when the college met in May ". "The Church of England has yet to approve the ordination of women as bishops, but an English priest, the Rev. Dr. Helen-Ann Hartley, has been elected as the new bishop of Waikato diocese in the Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. Dr. Hartley, 40, has been living and working in New Zealand since 2011 as the dean of Tikanga Pakeha (non-Maori students) at St. John's College in Auckland. A fourth-generation priest, she will be the first woman priest ordained in the Church of England to be a bishop. 'I hope my election as a bishop will be a sign of encouragement for supporters of the ordination of women to the episcopate', she said. 'All, irrespective of gender, are able to witness to the gospel; both women and men are entrusted with that sacred task'. Also in September , the Church of South India appointed its first woman bishop. The Rev. Eggoni Pushpalalitha [also spelled Pushpa Lalitha] was ordained in 1983 and has most recently been a priest in the diocese of Nadyal in Andhra Pradesh. The provincial secretary of the Church of South India, Mani M. Philip, confirmed that Ms. Pushpalalitha was appointed by the synod selection board. 'We have been ordaining women since 1976', he said".