Sarah Mullally to be the next Bishop of London

THE next Bishop of London will be the Bishop of Crediton, the Rt Revd Sarah Mullally, Downing Street has announced.

Bishop Mullally, who only joined the episcopate in 2015 will be installed as the diocese of London’s first woman bishop at St Paul’s Cathedral in the new year.

Before ordination Bishop Mullally served as a senior civil servant in the Department for Health, eventually becoming the youngest-ever Chief Nursing Officer in 1999. She was ordained in 2001 and served as a self-supporting minister until 2004 in south London.

She was made Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 for services to nursing and midwifery, a year after she took up full-time parochial ministry. After working as Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral from 2012, she became Bishop of Crediton, in the diocese of Exeter, two years ago.

“Having lived and worked in London for over 32 years, the thought of returning here is about returning home,” Bishop Mullally said.

“I am often asked what it has been like to have had two careers, first in the NHS and now in the Church. I prefer to think that I have always had one vocation: to follow Jesus Christ, to know him and to make him known, always seeking to live with compassion in the service of others, whether as a nurse, a priest, or a bishop.

“To be given the opportunity to do that now in this vibrant world-city is a wonderful privilege.”

Following the announcement, Bishop Mullally is to meet representatives from the diocese of London at St Paul’s, before visiting schools, parishes, a foodbank, and interfaith forum across the capital.

The Acting Bishop of London, the Rt Revd Pete Broadbent, said that he welcomed Bishop Mullally’s appointment. “I look forward with excitement to working under her leadership as our diocesan bishop.

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