The Bishop of London is considered the third most senior clergy post in the Church of England, behind the two Archbishops of Canterbury and York. Bishop Sarah will therefore be the most senior ordained woman in the C of E.
Bishop Sarah has had a distinguished career in the National Health Service before and after being ordained. She says of her appointment:
Please keep Bishop Sarah and the Diocese of London in your prayers.I made a commitment to follow Jesus Christ as a teenager. As one hymn puts it, I found in him my Star, my Sun. I look forward to sharing that good news with others as I come to London.
Before becoming a priest, I was a nurse and then the Government’s Chief Nursing Officer for England. People ask what it is like to have had two careers. I reply that I have always had one vocation – to follow Jesus Christ, to know him and to make him known.
For me that means living in the service of others.
Washing feet is a powerful image which has shaped my life.
As a nurse, the way we wash feet affords dignity, respect and value. As a priest I am called to model Jesus Christ, who took off his outer garments and washed his disciples’ feet, even the one who would betray him.
I keep that model of service before me, seeking to serve others and value them.
More about Bishop Sarah here.