Comments: Graham Tomlin to be Suffragan Bishop of Kensington

Two outstanding appointments on the same day.

Posted by Anthony Archer at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 10:57am BST

A little strange the ad clerum reveals he's to be done in Canterbury on 23 Sept when there's a consecration booked in St Paul's on 29th.

Posted by DBD at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 7:19pm BST

Probably +Edmonton and +Islington will still happen at St Paul's on the 29th September. I am sure all will be explained in due course though

Posted by Chuchu Nwagu at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 9:23pm BST

DBD - it's a little esoteric. But you might like to consider that we have to consecrate the new Maidstone, and it is kind of unlikely that he's going to be consecrated alongside one of the new suffragans of the female gender... So there is some juggling going on.

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 10:11pm BST

Bishop Pete: Could St Paul's Cathedral handle three consecrations inside it though? or would that be too adventurous?

Now that Graham Tomlin has been announced as the new Bishop of Kensington, we can presume that +Islington and +Edmonton are not too far behind?

Posted by Mr L. Matthews at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 11:09pm BST

Depends on DBS, Downing Street, and Crown. Hoping for Islington next week and Edmonton week after. Then Archdeacon of Hampstead and that's the full team.

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Thursday, 2 July 2015 at 11:49pm BST

Most peculiar that the Kensington announcement has been made prior to confirmation that Nicky Gumbel will be Bishop of Islington and A. N. Other will be Bishop of Edmonton. The Area Bishop of Willesden has already told us in an earlier Comment on another thread that it was. all done and dusted (bar the shouting) and that the names of the trinity of the chosen ones were winging their way to HM the Queen; so it seems odd, to say the least that all three announcements weren't made at one and the same time. Wouldn't it have made a good photograph to have had + Richard along with his three new embryonic episcopal fledglings rather than just the one hatchling?

Posted by Father David at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 6:03am BST

Thank you to Pete Broadbent for inadvertently leaking the name of the new Bishop of Edmonton. As the Archdeacon of Hampstead, Luke Miller, is in post (and +Pete infers that this post will need to be filled) we must assume that Luke Miller is the candidate for Edmonton?

I am slightly puzzled, though. In a previous thread, +Pete spoke of the need for new blood. If Graham Tomlin, Nicky Gumbell and Luke Miller are the three new bishops in London, it's hardly a case of experience 'from outside' is it?

Posted by Will Richards at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 7:37am BST

Are you trying to wind me up? I've just said it's Downing Street and Queen. It's not in our hands. And it's not Nicky.

Posted by Pete Broadbent at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 9:25am BST

Luke Miller's new appointment as Archdeacon for the Two Cities has already been announced. That's why
a. there is a vacancy for Archdeacon of Hampstead, and
b. Luke Miller is not the new Bishop of Edmonton.

Posted by Simon Sarmiento at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 10:16am BST

I stand corrected. And apologies to +Pete and everyone else for not being up to speed on the latest ecclesiastical appointments. Must do my homework first in future and engage brain before fingers on keyboard.

Posted by Will Richards at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 10:45am BST

Nicky Gumbel as Bishop of Islington - That would be disastrous. I think +Islington ought to be Revd Ric Thorpe due to his work on church planting within the Diocese of London but he'd be another HTB but then it very well maybe an Anglo-Catholic.

Shame about Luke Miller not going to Edmonton but I'm sure he'll be fantastic in his new role as Archdeacon of London

Posted by Graham Williams at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 12:00pm BST

Whoever replaces Bishop Peter Wheatley will have a tough time on their hands, it is very big shoes to fill but I am sure they'll manage.

+Peter is an individual that will never be forgotten and will be greatly missed in the Diocese but the new appointments seem very promising for the Diocese too

Posted by Mr L. Matthews at Friday, 3 July 2015 at 8:15pm BST

I welcome the appointment of Revd Dr Graham Tomlin as Bishop of Kensington, of what I know of him I think he'll be a good addition to the Senior Leadership team of the Diocese. Graham and his family are assured of my prayers as they prepare for this new chapter

Posted by Chuchu Nwagu at Saturday, 4 July 2015 at 1:58am BST
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