The Queen's chaplain is to become the first black bishop of the Church of England
- Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, 58, will take on the role of Bishop of Dover
- The pastor, who grew up in Jamaica, is also the curate of John Bercow
- Commons Speaker greeted her as a & # 39; loving friend & # 39; and praised her & # 39; steely resolve & # 39;
The Queen's chaplain is ready to become the first female black bishop of England in England's nearly 500-year history.
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, 58, who grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, will assume the role of Bishop of Dover in November after 12 years as minister of the prince.
She is also the chaplain of Lecturer John Bercow of the House of Commons, who assists with parliamentary duties such as providing pastoral support to MPs and reading the daily prayer in the room.
Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin, 58, will take on the role of Bishop of Dover in November
The pastor, who grew up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is also the chaplain of House of Commons Speaker John Bercow, who assists with parliamentary duties such as providing pastoral support to MPs and reading the daily prayer in the room
Mr. Bercow greeted Rev. Hudson-Wilkin as a & # 39; loving & # 39; friend and praised her & # 39; steel decisiveness & # 39 ;.
He said: & # 39; Rose is one of the warmest, nicest and most loving people I have ever met, so she will be very missed by members throughout the house, the staff and especially by me.
& # 39; She has an infallible sense of duty and a skill, more than she would ever know, to bring comfort in times of tragedy.
& # 39; Moreover, her ironic decision to be confronted with loss and evil, following the death of our dear colleague Jo Cox, and in the wake of the Westminster Bridge attack, was clearly visible to everyone. & # 39;
& # 39; Our loss is certainly the profit of the Canterbury diocese. She will be an excellent bishop of Dover and I will closely monitor the next phase of her spiritual journey. & # 39;
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, also praised Rev. Hudson-Wilkin as & # 39; one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public square & # 39;
Rev. Hudson-Wilkin said: “I enjoyed every minute that I was the mouthpiece of the Speaker – I describe it as walking in a piece of history.
& # 39; Mr. Speaker has been the most amazing colleague and friend – he was very supportive, a great encouragement and I am very sad to leave him and his great team.
& # 39; However, I am equally enthusiastic about my new role and the opportunity to work with the Archbishop of Canterbury as Bishop of Dover. & # 39;
Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury and head of the Church of England, also praised Rev. Hudson-Wilkin as & # 39; one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public square & # 39 ;.
Who is Rev. Hudson-Wilkin, the new bishop of Dover?
After Pastor Rose Hudson-Wilkin was announced in 2010 as the 79th chaplain to the President of the Lower House, she gained insight into her background and beliefs.
Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, I can be described as an Anglican cradle.
I was baptized by an old English priest, Archdeacon Price, when he was six months old.
The early beginnings of the Christian faith brought me to the point of examining my own calling to the priesthood.
Rev Hudson-Wilkin speaks with an audience of students
I first left Jamaica to England to train with the church army and was commissioned in 1982.
In 1991 I was ordained a deacon and later ordained a priest in 1994 (when women were first allowed).
Many in our British society embrace religious beliefs, along with the very positive norms and values that encourage their faith communities.
I am passionate about the need for faith to be at the center of the public arena. So for me it's a great opportunity to play the role of Speaker Pastorate.
I have had the privilege of serving the Church in various capacities. I served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England (from 1995 to 1998 and from 2003 to 2010) and I was also one of the Presidents of the Synod.
I represented the Church of England twice in the World Council of Churches and I am one of its representatives in the Anglican Consultation Council.
I am currently the Vicar of the United Benefice of the Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston and All Saints, Haggerston, and since 1998. I was appointed chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in 2007.
I am married with three children.
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