The Right Revd Dame Sarah Mullally was consecrated as Bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury yesterday (Wednesday 22 July) in a service at Canterbury Cathedral. By her side was the next Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek. As the pair processed out of the Cathedral an enormous roar arose from the congregation as friends, family and colleagues celebrated the new Bishops’ consecration.
Said The Right Revd. Dame Sarah Mullally:
“It was a truly wonderful day and marvellous to experience it with the friends, family and colleagues who’ve shared my journey thus far. The service was such a great celebration which I felt set me up for my future ministry in Devon. Walking into the nave to such tremendous applause was amazing, moving and a relief. It was such a spontaneous outpouring of joy and an occasion when you felt everyone was ‘for’ you. Humbling too! My husband thoroughly enjoyed the proceedings and has assumed the role of Bishop’s spouse very happily!”
Dame Sarah, a former nurse, will be welcomed as the Bishop of Crediton in Exeter Cathedral, in September. She was only the fourth woman to be appointed a bishop in the Church of England. Prior to the joining the church Sarah had a distinguished career in the NHS rising to become the government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England in 1999, when she was the youngest person to be appointed to the post. She was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire in 2005 in recognition of her outstanding contribution to nursing and midwifery.
The Bishop of Exeter, the Rt Revd Robert Atwell, said he was thrilled to welcome Sarah to Devon.
“It’s a tremendous day for Sarah and the Church. It was wonderful to hear the support and love for the two of them as they left the Cathedral.”
Never one to rest on her laurels Dame Sarah was up early this morning taking part in the morning service at 7.30am in the Cathedral! Interviews to find her replacement as Treasurer are underway.