Rev Katie McAteer is not keen on being called a history-maker but it is a title she says she is prepared to accept.
The 68-year-old has been appointed the first female canon of St Columb's Cathedral in Londonderry in its 400-year history.
She says she is humbled and honoured by the appointment, announced on Thursday, and also "sort of excited".
Katie was ordained within the Church of Ireland in June 2006.
She spent her curacy across the border in Letterkenny before moving to the Christ Church, Culmore, Muff and St Peter's group of parishes in Derry, where she is now pastoral director.
Katie is also the current Diocesan Chaplain of Derry and Raphoe Mothers' Union and editor of n:vision, the diocesan magazine.
A native of Ellesmere Port in Cheshire, Derry has been home for Katie since 1970 when she came to the city to study English at Magee University.
She went on to marry Fergus McAteer (74), an accountant, and the couple have four sons, four daughters-in-law and seven grandchildren.
Prior to ordination, she taught in schools but after a fire in Christ Church in 1996, she became heavily involved in fundraising efforts.
That led to a call towards ordination and the start of her training at the Church of Ireland Theological College in Dublin.
Katie's appointment to the chapter of St Columb's was announced on Thursday by the Bishop of Derry and Raphoe, Rt Rev Andrew Forster.
Rev Robert Boyd, rector of Glendermott and Newbuildings parishes in the city, has also been appointed a canon.
By happy coincidence the news was revealed on the Feast Day of St John the Baptist - the anniversary of both new canons' ordinations.
They will fill the positions left vacant following the departure of the Ferry brothers - Canon David, who has retired, and Canon Malcolm, who has moved to Agherton Parish in Portstewart.
For Katie, she is following in the footsteps of her late father, Rev GVM Robinson, who was a Canon of Chester Cathedral.
She said: "When Bishop Andrew first asked me, I was totally taken aback.
"It was never on my radar, never in a million years - or even 400 years - would I have expected the bishop to ask me to accept this appointment.
"I'm someone who likes to keep her head down and not to seek the limelight.
"I'm happy in pastoral ministry and taking my place in the liturgy of the church.
"Bishop Andrew is the real history-maker as he is the one who asked me but I have to accept that I am as the first female canon in the cathedral's 400 year history.
"St Columb's, probably more than any other cathedral, has been a history-maker - the first cathedral built in these islands after the Reformation; playing a leading role as a place of reconciliation - and now another brick is being laid in its rich history."
Explaining the differing emotions, Katie added: "I still keep thinking, 'No, not me. It can't be me'. It's exciting and quite daunting. I'm humbled and honoured.
"Throughout ministry, whatever God calls us to do, we pray that He will give us 'the needful gifts of grace' to fulfil that ministry. I'm hoping that this is at God's direction; I can only do this in God's strength."
While this is new territory for Katie, the second new canon is on familiar ground.
Robert was a canon of St Patrick's Cathedral in Armagh until three years ago, a position he relinquished when he moved to Derry and Raphoe, where he is also Diocesan Director of Ordinands.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a date for their Service of Installation in St Columb's has yet to be fixed but it is hoped it will take place in the early autumn.