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Dame Sarah Mullally is latest Church of England episcopal appointment

Dame Sarah Mullally is latest Church of England episcopal appointment

Photograph: Sarah-Mullally-27th-March-2015-Chapter-portraits-by-Ash-Mills via

The Diocese of Exeter has announced the appointment of a new Bishop Suffragan to the see of Crediton in Devon.

The next Bishop of Crediton is to be the Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Canon Treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral.
Dame Sarah, a former nurse, had a distinguished service in the NHS before ordination, culminating in her appointment as the government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post.

The press release from 10 Downing Street, office of the Prime Minister, reads:

The Queen has approved the nomination of the Reverend Canon Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, DBE, MA, MSc, BSc, RGN, DSc honoris causa Canon Residentairy and Canon Treasurer of Salisbury Cathedral in the Diocese of Salisbury, to the Suffragan See of Crediton, in the Diocese of Exeter, in succession to the Right Reverend Nicholas Howard Paul McKinnel, MA, on his translation to the See of Plymouth on 19 April 2015.

The diocesan website continues,

The Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said he was delighted to welcome Sarah to Devon.
“This is an outstanding appointment. Sarah will enrich the life of the church in Devon enormously. She will bring to her new role the same mixture of compassion, integrity and professionalism that has characterised everything she has done and achieved, both nationally and specifically within the Church of England.”

Mullally will be consecrated at a service in Canterbury in July, alongside the Venerable Rachel Treweek, who will be the first woman consecrated as a diocesan bishop. Mullally is the fourth female bishop to be appointed since the Church of England opened the order to women late last year.

Thinking Anglicans has the full press release and more links here.

Posted by Rosalind Hughes


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Paul Powers

Ever since I first read this story, Rogers & Hammerstein’s “There ain’t nothing like a dame” has been running in my head. ;-).

Slightly off-topic, but those who like “Call the Midwife” or “Doctor Who” may enjoy this Red Nose Day spoof.

Ann Fontaine

And a midwife! Headline could be Midwife Called! after the popular “Call the Midwife” show.

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