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Sarah Mullally to Be First Woman Bishop of London

Sarah Mullally to Be First Woman Bishop of London

Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton, at Canterbury Cathedral on July 22, 2015, in Canterbury, England. (Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 10:01 AM

Sarah Mullally is set to become the first woman bishop of London next year, making her the Church's highest ranking female cleric, The Mirror noted.

The 55-year-old former top nurse, who serves as bishop of Crediton, Devon, was appointed on Monday to the Anglican Church's third most senior role, according to The Financial Times, and will succeed Richard Chartres at St Paul's Cathedral in the new year.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, announced the news in a tweet that read, "Bishop Sarah brings to this remarkable ministry in this great city an extraordinary experience and profound gifts, which are guided by her faith in Jesus Christ, who is the foundation of all that she is."

Mullally was ordained to priesthood in 2001 and entered into the clergy as a full-time member three years later. Prior to that she worked as a nurse in NHS Hospitals, The Guardian noted, and was appointed as a chief nursing officer in 1999.

"I am often asked what it has been like to have had two careers, first in the NHS and now in the Church," Mullally said, according to The Mirror.

"I prefer to think I have always had one vocation – to follow Jesus Christ... to make him known, always seeking to live with compassion in the service of others, whether as a nurse, a priest, or a bishop."

Mullally added that it was "a great honor to be nominated to the see of London," The Guardian reported. "Having lived and worked in London for over 32 years, the thought of returning here is about returning home."

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