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Church of England gets first female Bishop

Rt. Rev Vivienne Faull, the first diocese to ordain women as priests in 1994 has been ordained the new Bishop of Bristol. Flanked by supporters and well-wishers, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, and the Bishop of Salisbury, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam, the new Bishop swore the oath of allegiance to the Queen.

The Bishop arrived for the service at the Cathedral by boat.

The former Dean of York became the Diocese of Bristol’s 57th bishop in July as the first woman in the role with 18 female bishops in the Church of England.

The first woman to lead a Church of England Cathedral as Provost and then Dean of Leicester in 2000, Bishop Vivienne described the elevation as the first female Bishop of the Church as “new normal”.

“The priority is to get to know people and what I have seen already is the huge commitment and energy that people bring” – the elated Bishop added.

According to her, “There is tremendous life about Bristol, so it’s discovering what is going on so I can support [the clergy] and lead out of a sense of knowing people, which is what I’ve always done.”

The 63-year-old Bishop is married is married to a hospital consultant.

As Bishop of Bristol, she is one of the 26 senior members of the Church of England, known as the Lords Spiritual.

She is now entitled to sit on the red benches of the unelected house.

 

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