Church of England consecrates first female diocesan bishop

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The Venerable Rachel Treweek during the symbolic laying of the hands ceremony at her consecration as a Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (middle) at a service in Canterbury Cathedral.
The Venerable Rachel Treweek during the symbolic laying of the hands ceremony at her consecration as a Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby (middle) at a service in Canterbury Cathedral.

Wednesday, 22 JUL 2015, was a day of historic firsts. The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby consecrated the first women to be made bishops from the Church of England’s historic heart, Canterbury Cathedral. At that time he also consecrated the Church of England’s first female diocesan bishop. The Venerable Rachel Treweek was made bishop diocesan of the Diocese of Gloucester. At the same time the Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, a former nurse, was made the Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan See in the Diocese of Exeter.

Bishop Treweek studied for ordained ministry at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, an Anglican theological college, and graduated with a Bachelor of Theology degree in 1994. She was ordained in the Church of England as a deacon in 1994 and a priest in 1995.

Originally trained as a nurse at the Nightingale School of Nursing, Bishop Mullally was ordained as a deacon in 2001 after theological training at the South East Institute of Theological Education. She was ordained as a priest in 2002,  She completed an MA in Pastoral Theology at Heythrop College, University of London in 2006.

The photos are from the Anglican Communion News Service.

The information for this article was gathered from Wikipedia and the Anglican Communion News Service.

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