The Cathedral is delighted to hear that HM The Queen has approved the appointment of the Reverend Prebendary Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, as the next Bishop of Dover.
The Revd Rose Hudson-Wilkin visited the Cathedral for a reception on Friday 28 June after she was introduced to the Diocese by the Archbishop of Canterbury at a visit to St George’s School in Broadstairs.
The Very Reverend Dr Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, said: “We in the Cathedral are immensely excited to have Rose here as the new Bishop of Dover and working with our community – not only with the Diocese but also within the whole Anglican communion. She brings a great knowledge of that Communion. These will be exciting times.”
The Revd Rose said: “I am looking forward to the challenge … with great excitement; I am looking forward to the journey with you all.”
Archbishop Justin Welby said: “Rose Hudson-Wilkin has, over the last nine years, been one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public square through her long service as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. I have constantly been told that she has been an effective pastor in one crisis or another, especially in the last few years. Before that she was a parish minister of great impact. She has been described as prophet, pastor and evangelist. She has challenged the Church of England over its engagement with UK minority ethnic groups, and has spoken forcefully and effectively at many evangelistic meetings.”
The Rt Hon John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, said: “Rose is one of the warmest, kindest and most loving people I have ever met, so she will be sorely missed by Members across the House, the staff and especially, by me.
“Personally, I would like to thank Rose for her steadfast support and friendship over the last nine years. Our loss is certainly the Diocese of Canterbury’s gain. She will be the most excellent Bishop of Dover, and I will watch keenly the next stage of her spiritual journey.”
Rose will succeed the Rt Revd Trevor Willmott, who retired from the role in May this year. After being consecrated in a service at St Paul’s Cathedral on 19 November, she will be installed at Canterbury Cathedral on 30 November 2019.