The Guardian is today reporting that a new Bishop of Dover has been appointed in succession to Trevor Willmott who retired in May. The new Bishop is based in the Diocese of Canterbury which includes that Parish of All Saints’ in Hollingbourne.
The Guardian report reads as follows:
Church of England appoints its first black female bishop
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, born in Jamaica, will be consecrated in November as bishop of Dover
Harriet Sherwood Religion correspondent
Fri 28 Jun 2019 10.50 BST
Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, was announced by Downing Street as the new bishop of Dover.
Hudson-Wilkin, who was born in Jamaica, was introduced on Thursday by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, at St George’s C of E school in Broadstairs, Kent.
In an answer to a pupil’s question, she said she saw herself as “pretty ordinary – not necessarily ‘the black priest’ – but a priest with the good fortune to be black”.
Responding to her appointment, Hudson-Wilkin said: “I am looking forward to journeying with the people of Kent, celebrating the good work that is already happening there and working together with its religious and secular leaders to ensure that the good news of hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together.”
Welby said: “Rose Hudson-Wilkin has, over the past nine years, been one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public square through her long service as chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. I have constantly been told that she has been an effective pastor in one crisis or another, especially in the past few years.
“Before that, she was a parish minister of great impact. She has been described as prophet, pastor and evangelist. She has challenged the Church of England over its engagement with UK minority ethnic groups, and has spoken forcefully and effectively at many evangelistic meetings.”
John Bercow, the Commons Speaker, said: “Rose is one of the warmest, kindest and most loving people I have ever met, so she will be sorely missed by members across the house, the staff and, especially, by me.
“She has an unfailing sense of duty and an ability – more than she would herself ever know – to bring comfort in times of tragedy. Furthermore, her steely resolve when confronted with loss and evil, following the death of our dear colleague Jo Cox, and in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack, was plain for all to see. Both in the celebration of happiness and in condolence and prayer, she has the most reassuring, fortifying presence anyone could want.”
Hudson-Wilkin will succeed the Rt Rev Trevor Willmott, who retired from the role in May. She will be consecrated in November.
More information is at https://www.kentonline.co.uk/dover/news/former-queens-chaplain-becomes-first-female-black-bishop-207501/ and at https://www.canterburydiocese.org/rose-hudson-wilkin-named-bishop-of-dover/
Pictured below is the new Bishop of Dover who will be consecrated in November 2019.