Bishop of Reading

The Bishop of Reading is an episcopal title used by a suffragan bishop of the Church of England Diocese of Oxford, which is within the Province of Canterbury, England.[1] The Bishop of Reading is currently the Right Reverend Olivia Graham (formerly, the Archdeacon of Berkshire), appointed on 15 July 2019[2] and consecrated on 19 November 2019[3]. Graham succeeded the Right Reverend Andrew Proud, who retired earlier in 2019.[4]

The title takes its name after the town of Reading in Berkshire. The bishops suffragan of Reading have been area bishops since the Oxford area scheme was founded in 1984.[5] The Bishop of Reading is responsible for the archdeaconry of Berkshire.

List of bishops[edit]

Bishops of Reading
From Until Incumbent Notes
1889 1909 Leslie Randall
1909 1942 in abeyance
1942 1954 Arthur Parham
1954 1972 Eric Knell
1972 1982 Eric Wild
1982 1989 Graham Foley First area bishop from 1984.
1989 1997 John Bone
1997 2003 Dominic Walker Also known as Edward William Murray Walker.[6][7] Translated to Monmouth.[8]
2003 Jeffrey John Nominated in May 2003,[6] but withdrew in July 2003 after controversy about his homosexuality.[9]
2004 2010 Stephen Cottrell [7] Translated to Chelmsford.[10][11]
2011 2019 Andrew Proud Retired 1 May 2019.[12][13]
2019 present Olivia Graham Consecrated 19 November 2019.[14]
Source(s):[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Crockford's Clerical Directory (100th ed.). London: Church House Publishing. 2007. p. 948. ISBN 978-0-7151-1030-0.
  2. ^ "Olivia Graham named Bishop of Reading". Church of England. Retrieved 16 July 2019.
  3. ^ "Olivia Graham consecrated as Bishop of Reading". Church of England. Retrieved 21 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Diocese of Oxford — Bishop of Reading to retire in 2019". Church of England. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  5. ^ "4: The Dioceses Commission, 1978–2002" (PDF). Church of England. Archived from the original (PDF) on 7 June 2012. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b Suffragan See of Reading - 2003 Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 9 June 2008.
  7. ^ a b Suffragan See of Reading - 2004 Archived June 9, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 9 June 2008.
  8. ^ Biography: Dominic Walker Archived April 23, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 9 June 2008.
  9. ^ Gay priest rejects bishop post. BBC News, Sunday, 6 July 2003.
  10. ^ "Diocese of Chelmsford". Number10. 22 March 2010. Archived from the original on 25 March 2010. Retrieved 22 March 2010.
  11. ^ "Bishop of Chelmsford: Together we will be a transforming presence and make Christ known". Diocese of Chelmsford. 11 October 2010. Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Diocese of Oxford — Bishop of Reading to retire in 2019". Church of England. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  13. ^ https://www.oxford.anglican.org/hundreds-flock-to-bishop-andrews-farewell-service/
  14. ^ "Olivia Graham consecrated as Bishop of Reading". Church of England. Retrieved 21 November 2019.

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