THE RT REVD Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Bishop of Dover, has been made an MBE in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list for 2020.
The citation states: “Everywhere she has gone, she has broken down barriers and made history. She has campaigned relentlessly for equality for women in the church, which paved the way for others.”
It adds: “She has been one of the most influential and effective ministers in the public sphere through her long service as chaplain to the speaker of the House of Commons. She previously served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and also as one of the panel chairs of the synod.”
Speaking in response to this recognition of her ministry, Bishop Rose said: “I am surprised and deeply humbled that I have been recommended to be awarded an MBE. I am committed to giving – and will continue to give – my best in serving all those entrusted to my care, whether I encounter them just once or many times – from the young person on the street to the formal setting of a classroom, politicians making our laws or those I meet here in my new role with the diocese of Canterbury.”
Hudson-Wilkin was consecrated as the Bishop of Dover in November. She is the first black woman to hold the post.
Commenting on her appointment at the time, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “When in October Rose stepped down as Chaplain to the Speaker, the tributes from all sides showed her pastoral, prophetic and faith sharing gifts.
“Even in times of division she was a point of unity and hope, to those of any or no faith. Through much struggle and suffering in her life she has become one of the most exceptional of Christian leaders showing, in word and deed, confidence in Jesus Christ as life, liberty and love.”