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Bishop of Sodor and Man

Press release from 10 Downing Street. Further information on the Sodor and Man diocesan website.

The King has approved the nomination of The Venerable Patricia Hillas for election as Bishop of Sodor and Man.

Appointment of Bishop of Sodor and Man: 16 May 2024

From: Prime Minister’s Office, 10 Downing Street
Published 16 May 2024

The King has approved the nomination of The Venerable Patricia Hillas, Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and Archdeacon of Westminster, for election as Bishop of Sodor and Man, in succession to The Right Reverend Peter Eagles following his retirement.

Background

Patricia was educated at University of East London and Birkbeck College, University of London. She trained for ministry by completing the North Thames Ministerial Training Course validated by Middlesex University in 2002. She served her title at St Mark’s Kensal Rise, in the Diocese of London, and was ordained Priest in 2003.Patricia served as Vicar of St Barnabas, Northolt Park, from 2005 and was appointed Canon Pastor at St Paul’s Cathedral in 2014.In 2020 Patricia took up her current role as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons whilst also serving as Priest in Charge of St Mary at Hill, City of London. Since 2021, after leaving St Mary at Hill, she has served jointly as Speaker’s Chaplain in Parliament and at Westminster Abbey as Canon Steward and Archdeacon of Westminster.

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Peter S
Peter S
2 days ago

By announcement (as opposed to consecration – there are five other women awaiting consecration, 3 in Australia and 2 in the USA), Tricia is the 150th woman to become a bishop in the Anglican Communion.

Simon W
Simon W
Reply to  Peter S
1 day ago

You’ve included Ana Fletcher, recently consecrated in ACANZP – Wellington Diocese?

Peter Sherlock
Peter Sherlock
Reply to  Simon W
1 day ago

Yes! The first woman born in the 1980s to become an Anglican bishop.

T Pott
T Pott
1 day ago

Any explanation why this was announced by the Prime Minister of the UK, rather than the Lieutenant Governor or the Chief Minister of the Isle of Man?

RPNewark
RPNewark
Reply to  T Pott
1 day ago

Err. Because it’s a an appointment of a diocesan bishop in the Church of England? All such appointments require the approval of the Sovereign, which matter is processed by 10 Downing Street.

God 'elp us all
God 'elp us all
Reply to  T Pott
1 day ago

Further, as this is a Church of England bishop (or is it as part of the Anglican Communion?)… I think IoM has no involvement in the UK Parliament, nor the Bishop of Sodor and Man in the House of Lords?
Coincidentally (Godincidence?) the House of Commons Library produced this ‘research’ regarding Establishment (or not) of the Church of Scotland:
https://commonslibrary.parliament.uk/is-the-church-of-scotland-established/?utm_source=HOC+Library+-+Research+alerts&utm_campaign=a8635ed0c0-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2024_05_17_08_00&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_a9da1c9b17-a8635ed0c0-%5BLIST_EMAIL_ID%5D&mc_cid=a8635ed0c0&mc_eid=ceae79df5a
Perhaps TA contributors of a governance ‘bent’ may find this of interest and provide more illumination?

Rowland Wateridge
Rowland Wateridge
Reply to  God 'elp us all
1 day ago

The Bishop is not a Lord Spiritual. I’m not sure whether it has yet passed into legislation, but my understanding is that the Bishop of Sodor and Man will continue to be a member of the Tynwald, the island parliament, but will no longer have the right of voting.

(I now see that Peter Kettle has beaten me to it with this information.)

Last edited 1 day ago by Rowland Wateridge
Pilgrim
Pilgrim
Reply to  God 'elp us all
1 day ago

Thank you, much appreciated, I enjoyed reading the link to the Kirk. ( updated my own understanding and knowledge).

Rowland Wateridge
Rowland Wateridge
Reply to  T Pott
1 day ago

Possibly because this is a Crown appointment within the Province of York.

Bishop Patricia is to be consecrated in York Minster.

peter kettle
peter kettle
1 day ago

Have any previous Bishops of S&M been so close to the Westminster parliament as Tricia has, in her capacity as Speaker’s Chaplain? It should be useful experience for sitting ex officio in the Tynwald, though legislation is currently going through to ban the Bishop from voting.

Ian
Ian
Reply to  peter kettle
1 day ago

Perhaps it would be a good time for HoL to do the same and remove the bishops from voting in the house, indeed removal from the house altogether. I Have often thought a representative group of faith leaders from different traditions and faiths would be better.

Homeless Anglican
Homeless Anglican
Reply to  peter kettle
1 day ago

The Current Bishop of Dover!

Rowland Wateridge
Rowland Wateridge
1 day ago
Pat ONeill
Pat ONeill
1 day ago

Question from a Yank:

“The King has approved the nomination….” Is there any literal truth to this? Yes, a document is passed before him for signature, but does the sovereign really have any input to this? Isn’t it really all decided within the CoE, and then confirmed by the PM’s government?

Ian
Ian
Reply to  Pat ONeill
1 day ago

I guess he signs it in the same way he signs laws passed by parliament. As a matter of interest,how big is the diocese? How does it compare in terms of worsippers,clergy and so forth with an average urban deanery in Leeds or London,or Li erpool?

T Pott
T Pott
Reply to  Ian
6 hours ago

The population of the Diocese of Sodor and Man is about 86,000 of whom about 1,000 are at church any Sunday. There are 15 parishes. Liverpool diocese has 15 deaneries with an average of 11 parishes per deanery. The population average per Liverpool deanery is 108,000 of whom about 920 are in church on a Sunday. So the diocese of Sodor and Man is indeed roughly comparable with an average Liverpool deanery. Sodor and Man originally included the Isle of Lewis and other Hebridean Islands, as well as the Isle of Man, and was in the ecclesiastical province of Trondheim… Read more »

Last edited 6 hours ago by T Pott
Clifford Jones
Clifford Jones
Reply to  T Pott
4 hours ago

The transfer of Sodor and Man from Trondheim to York took place after three successive Bishops-elect of Sodor and Man were drowned through shipwreck on their way to Norway to be consecrated. More details in the Crockford Preface for 1936.

Kate Keates
Kate Keates
Reply to  Pat ONeill
22 hours ago

My guess is that one of HM’s private secretaries reads papers over before they go to the King. They know if there is something which might interest him and will attach a note to highlight it if there is. Circumstances would have to be truly exceptional, however, before the King would consider blocking or delaying an appointment.

Janet Fife
Janet Fife
7 hours ago

Anyone know what has happened to Froghole? We haven’t heard from him for a while, and this seems like the kind of item he would comment on.

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