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Una Kroll

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 25 January 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j409
  1. Penny Warren
  1. London
  1. penny.warren{at}

GP, priest, and campaigner for women’s ordination

In November 1978, images of Una Kroll wearing an “Ordain Women Now” T shirt appeared in newspapers and on TV. The Church of England had just voted to block women’s ordination and Kroll, watching from the gallery, could stay silent no more. Taking inspiration from Matthew 7:9, she shouted, “We asked for bread, and you gave us a stone—long live God!”

Kroll was a GP, campaigner, nun, deaconess, and, eventually, a priest. Her friend and colleague Paul Oestreicher said: “Being a physician and a natural healer underlay everything that Una did in her many sided life. She dealt with people, not with ‘cases.’ The social side was just as important to her as the clinical.”

She was born Una Hill and had a cosmopolitan beginning. After her father, who was in British intelligence, left when she was 18 months old, she spent time with relatives in Latvia, Paris, Italy, and London. But there was little money to spare, and …

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