The Venerable Olivia Graham has been chosen as the next Bishop of Reading.
The current Archdeacon of Berkshire will be officially consecrated into the role in November.
Her appointment has been officially approved by Her Majesty the Queen.
Olivia's succeeding the Right Reverend Andrew Proud, who retired in May.
Responding to today’s announcement, Olivia said:
“I am delighted and energised to have been called to an episcopal role. It is a tremendous opportunity to bring together my passions for the Church and the wider world – for example to be able to encourage greater engagement between our church communities and secondary schools. The young people I encounter in our schools are serious and engaged with the world. We need to see how we can offer the resources of faith at a crucial time in their lives.”
The Bishop of Oxford, the Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft said:
“One of the things that was apparent when we were listening and consulting about the new bishop was that people wanted somebody who really knew what it is like to be in ministry in this part of the world. Someone who knew what the pressures and challenges are. In this and many other areas, Olivia brings just what we need at this time. I am very excited about what Olivia’s appointment means for the Diocese.”