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Rose Josephine Hudson-Wilkin, Chaplain to the Queen

Rose Josephine Hudson-Wilkin is the first black female chaplain to the House of commons and to the Queen

Rose Josephine Hudson-Wilkin QHC (born 19 January 1961) is a Church of England priest. Since November 2014, she has been Priest-in-Charge of St Mary-at-Hill, City of London. She additionally holds the roles of Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, priest vicar at Westminster Abbey and Chaplain to the Queen. She was previously vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Dalston and All Saints Church, Haggerston. In 2012, she was tipped as likely to be one of the first women to become bishops in the Church of England. On 28 June 2019 it was announced that she is to become Bishop of Dover, who runs the Diocese of Canterbury on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

In 1982, Hudson-Wilkin travelled to the UK to train at the Church Army college in the West Midlands. Having completed the West Midlands Ministerial Training Course, she was made a deacon in the Church of England, at Petertide 1991 (30 June), by Keith Sutton, Bishop of Lichfield, at Lichfield Cathedral. From 1991 to 1994, she served as the parish deacon of St Matthew's Church, Wolverhampton. She was ordained a priest on 23 April 1994 (by Sutton, at Lichfield Cathedral), in the first few weeks that the Church of England ordained women to the priesthood. Remaining at St Matthew's Church, she served her curacy from 1994 to 1995.

From 1995 to 1998, she was assistant curate of St Andrew's Church, West Bromwich. During this time, she also worked with the Committee on Black Anglican Concern. It was founded after the Faith in the City report was published in 1985 and worked to combat racism in the Church of England. It has since been replaced by the Committee for Minority Ethnic Anglican Concerns.

In 1998, she took up the role as vicar of Holy Trinity Church, Dalston and All Saints Church, Haggerston, an inner-city parish in Hackney, London.[13] She was appointed Chaplain to the Queen in 2008. In 2010, she was appointed Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in addition to her parish work. In March 2013, she was made a prebendary of St Paul's Cathedral in recognition of "her service to the Church, community and most recently as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons". In October 2014, it was announced that she was to become Priest-in-Charge of St Mary-at-Hill, City of London. She moved to her new parish in November 2014, while maintaining her additional appointments.

On 19 May 2018, she was one of several religious leaders to lead prayers at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.


Source: wikipedia. retrieved from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Hudson-Wilkin

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