Church of England consecrates first black female bishop

58 year-old Rose Hudson-Wilkin has been consecrated as the first black female bishop of the Church of England. In a ceremony at London’s St Paul’s Cathedral on Tuesday (Nov 19.)

Church of England consecrates first black female bishop
Church of England consecrates first black female bishop


Dr Hudson-Wilkin recently left her post as chaplain to the speaker of the British parliament’s elected main house, the Commons, after nine years.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin was 14 when she joined the ministry and said she never thought becoming a bishop would be possible.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin, who is also a chaplain to the Queen, led prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in May 2018. She said:

“Beginning this new ministry, there is a sense of awe in it all. But also something refreshing about being open to the new things that God has in store – not just for me as a person taking on this new leadership role, but for our diocese as a whole.”

Dr Hudson-Wilkin and her husband, a prison chaplain, have three adult children, according to an official biography.

Educated in Montego Bay, Jamaica, she attended Birmingham University in England and trained with the Church Army.

Dr Hudson-Wilkin will be installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 November.

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