It has been announced today that the Bishop of Crediton, Rt Rev’d Dame Sarah Mullally, is to be the next Bishop of London.
Sarah brings remarkable gifts of experience and wisdom in her ministerial life and from her work prior to ordination as Chief Nursing Officer and Director of Patient Experience for England.
"I welcome this appointment as an example of the Church of England’s commitment to the 5 Guiding Principles that enable us to sustain the highest levels of communion possible in our life that is also marked by theological divergence on the issue of gender and ordination. As Bishop of Crediton, Sarah has been exemplary in her support of those she serves, whatever their theological viewpoint on that issue.
"Sarah’s experience has also enabled her to speak with authority and humanity about the issue of safeguarding, at a time when we still face serious challenges to our handling of this vital aspect of our life in the Church of England. "As Bishop of London Sarah’s voice will be a compelling and significant Christian contribution to our national life, in the media, in the House of Lords, and in the Church of England’s decision-making forums.
"We assure Sarah of our prayers and good wishes for the partnership in the gospel that she will lead, particularly in London and the Province of Canterbury."
Sarah was ordained as a deacon in 2001 after theological training at St Augustine’s (formerly the South East Institute of Theological Education).
Before becoming a priest, Mullally worked as a nurse in NHS hospitals in the capital, including St Thomas’s and the Royal Marsden, and became chief nursing officer in 1999. She was ordained as a priest in 2001. In 2005, she was made a dame in recognition of her services to nursing.
Mullally said: “It is a great honour to be nominated to the See of London. Having lived and worked in London for over 32 years, the thought of returning here is about returning home".