Church of England appoints Rose Hudson-Wilkin as its first black female bishop

The Church of England has appointed its first black female bishop and it is Jamaican-born, Rose Hudson-Wilkin.

Rose Hudson-Wilkin who is currently the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, is now the new bishop of Dover.

Hudson-Wilkin was introduced by Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury, at St George’s C of E school in Broadstairs, Kent. He described her appointment as “groundbreaking and historic” and said it was one of the most exciting appointments the church had made for a long time.

The new bishop and Welby spent 40 minutes answering questions from pupils. Hudson-Wilkin said she saw herself as “pretty ordinary – not necessarily ‘the black priest’ – but a priest with the good fortune to be black”.

She said she aimed to ensure that "hope, love and justice remains at the heart of our changed lives together".

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.

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