Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, DBE (née Bowser; born 26 March 1962) is a British Anglican bishop and former nurse. She has been Bishop of London since 8 March 2018. From 1999 to 2004, she was the UK's Chief Nursing Officer and the National Health Service's director of patient experience for England; from July 2015 until 2018, she was Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Exeter.
Dame Sarah Mullally
|Bishop of London|
Mullally at her installation as Bishop of London
|Church||Church of England|
|Other posts||Chief Nursing Officer, Dept of Health (1999–2004)|
Bishop of Crediton (2015–2018)
|Consecration||22 July 2015|
by Justin Welby
|Birth name||Sarah Elisabeth Bowser|
|Born||26 March 1962|
Eamonn Mullally (m. 1987)
Mullally was born Sarah Elisabeth Bowser on 26 March 1962. She was the younger of her parents' two daughters. She was educated at Winston Churchill Comprehensive School, Woking, Surrey, and subsequently at Woking Sixth Form College. When she was studying for A levels she decided she wanted a career in nursing rather than become a medical doctor because she wanted to apply a holistic approach to patient care. Her Christian faith, which Mullally has held since she was 16 years old, also motivated her choice of career. She began her nursing career in 1980 undertaking a nursing degree at South Bank Polytechnic, with clinical placements at St Thomas' Hospital: she was awarded joint Registered General Nurse (RGN) status and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in 1984. She undertook a Master of Science (MSc) degree in inter-professional health and welfare studies at London South Bank University, which she completed in 1992.
Mullally held clinical nursing posts at St Thomas' Hospital and The Royal Marsden Hospital (where she completed their specialist nursing course). She held a number of nursing leadership roles, firstly at the former Westminster Hospital (where she was a ward sister and head of practice development) and then as director of nursing at the Chelsea and Westminster later becoming deputy and acting chief executive officer. In 1999 she was appointed as Chief Nursing Officer and director of patient experience for England. She was the youngest person to hold these positions. She has been a non-executive director of the English Board of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting.
Mullally was an independent governor for London South Bank University between 2005 and 2015, where she became vice-chair of the board of governors and chair of the policy and resources committee. She was a non-executive director of the Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust from 2005 to 2012, and held a non-executive role at Salisbury NHS Foundation between 2012 and 2016. Mullally became a lay member of the Council of King's College London in 2016.
From 1998 to 2001, Mullally undertook training for ordained ministry at the South East Institute of Theological Education (now St Augustine's College of Theology). She also studied theology at the University of Kent during this period, completing a Diploma in Theology (DipTh) in 2001. She was ordained in the Church of England: made a deacon at Michaelmas 2001 (30 September) at Southwark Cathedral and ordained a priest the following Michaelmas (5 October 2002) at Holy Trinity, Clapham — both times by Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark. From 2001 to 2004, she served her curacy as a non-stipendiary minister (i.e. a part-time minister) at the Parish of Battersea Fields in the Diocese of Southwark.
In 2004, Mullally left her position as Chief Nursing Officer to pursue full-time ministry. She then served as an assistant curate at St Saviour's Church, Battersea Fields from 2004 to 2006. She completed a Master of Arts (MA) degree in pastoral theology at Heythrop College, University of London in 2006. In 2006, she became the team rector of Sutton team ministry at St Nicholas' Church in Sutton, London. In addition to her parish work, she taught ethics in the Diocese of Southwark, was involved in an Anglican clergy leadership programme and sat on the Church of England's dioceses commission. From 2012 to 2015, she was the canon treasurer at Salisbury Cathedral in the Diocese of Salisbury.
In June 2015, it was announced that Mullally would be the next Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Exeter. On 22 July 2015, she was consecrated a bishop by Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, during a ceremony at Canterbury Cathedral. She and Rachel Treweek were the first women to be ordained as bishops in Canterbury Cathedral. In September 2015, she became the first woman in the Church of England to lead an ordination service, ordaining two deacons, Leisa McGovern and Sheila Walker, as priests in St Mary's Church, Ottery St Mary, Devon.
On 18 December 2017, it was announced that she would be the next Bishop of London, succeeding Richard Chartres who retired in February 2017. As Bishop of London, she is the third most senior bishop in the Church of England, after the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York, and sits as a Lord Spiritual in the House of Lords. She was duly elected to the see by the College of Canons of St Paul's Cathedral on 25 January 2018, becoming bishop-elect. She was translated and took full legal possession of the see at the confirmation of her election — on 8 March at St Mary-le-Bow — and assumed full duties upon her installation at St Paul's on 12 May. She was sworn as a member of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom on 14 March 2018. Between her confirmation and her installation, she was licensed as an honorary assistant bishop in Exeter Diocese, so that she was able to carry out engagements related to her former see. Her introduction in the House of Lords was held 24 May. She succeeded Lord Chartres as Dean of the Chapel Royal on 12 July 2019.
Mullally is a self-described feminist and will ordain both men and women to the priesthood. According to the Financial Times, Mullally "is seen as a theological liberal." However, she also supports the inclusion in the Church of England of those who reject the ordination of women, stating upon her announcement as the next Bishop of London; "I am very respectful of those who, for theological reasons, cannot accept my role as a priest or a bishop. My belief is that Church diversity throughout London should flourish and grow; everybody should be able to find a spiritual home."
Mullally supports the Church of England's current teaching on marriage; that is between one man and one woman for life. In September 2016, she became one of 10 bishops to make up the church's "Bishops' reflection group on sexuality". In relation to same-sex relationships, she stated in 2017 that "It is a time for us to reflect on our tradition and scripture, and together say how we can offer a response that is about it being inclusive love." When asked about LGBT people in the church, she further said that “What we have to remember is this is about people, and the church seeks to demonstrate love to all, because it reflects the God of love, who loves everybody."
Mullally has described her views on abortion as being pro-choice although she is personally more pro-life. She has said that "I would suspect that I would describe my approach to this issue as pro choice rather than pro live [sic] although if it were a continuum I would be somewhere along it moving towards pro life when it relates to my choice and then enabling choice when it related to others."
In 1987, she married Eamonn Mullally. Together, they have two children; a daughter and son.
Mullally revealed that she worked part-time greeting customers at a Lego Store whilst a nurse at Westminster Hospital. It was after one customer handed her a copy of a Common Praise hymnbook that she decided to enrol at theological college.
In the 2005 New Year Honours, Mullally was appointed a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in recognition for her contribution to nursing and midwifery. Though clergy who are made knights do not receive the accolade (dubbing with a sword) and therefore male clergy do not use the title Sir, dames are not dubbed and so female clergy are free to use the title Dame. However, it is her choice as to whether she is referred to as Dame Sarah, and the title was often omitted when announcing her as the next Bishop of London in 2017.
Mullally has received a number of academic honours. She was made a Fellow of London South Bank University in 2001, and a Fellow of Canterbury Christ Church University in 2006. She has received honorary doctorates from Bournemouth University (2004), the University of Wolverhampton (2004), and the University of Hertfordshire (2005).
Reverend Canon Dame Sarah Elisabeth Mullally, D.B.E., M.Sc., M.A.
|Church of England titles|
| Bishop of Crediton
| Bishop of London
Anselm (died 1148) was a medieval bishop of London whose election was quashed by Pope Innocent II. He was a monk of Chiusa, abbot of Saint Saba in Rome, papal legate to England, and abbot of Bury St Edmunds.Bishop of Crediton
The Bishop of Crediton is an episcopal title which takes its name from the town of Crediton in Devon, England. The title was originally used by the Anglo-Saxons in the 10th and 11th centuries for a diocese covering Devon and Cornwall. It is now used by the Church of England as the title of a suffragan bishop who assists the diocesan Bishop of Exeter.Bishop of London
The Bishop of London is the ordinary of the Church of England Diocese of London in the Province of Canterbury.
The diocese covers 458 km2 (177 sq mi) of 17 boroughs of Greater London north of the River Thames (historically the City of London and the County of Middlesex) and a small part of the County of Surrey (the district of Spelthorne, historically part of Middlesex). The see is in the City of London where the seat is St Paul's Cathedral which was founded as a cathedral in 604 and was rebuilt from 1675 following the Great Fire of London (1666).
Third in seniority in the Church of England after the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, the bishop is one of five senior bishops who sit as of right as one of the 26 Lords Spiritual in the House of Lords (for the remaining diocesan bishops of lesser rank, seats are attained upon vacancy, determined by chronological seniority). The other four senior bishops are the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Archbishop of York, the Bishop of Durham and the Bishop of Winchester.
The bishop's residence is The Old Deanery, Dean's Court, City of London. Previously, for over 1000 years, Fulham Palace was the residence and from the 18th century the bishop had chambers at London House next to the Bishop's Chapel in Aldersgate Street.The current (133rd) Bishop of London is Sarah Mullally. She was confirmed on 8 March 2018 after acting in post immediately after her canonical election on 25 January 2018. The diocesan bishop of London has had direct episcopal oversight in the Two Cities area (the City of London and the City of Westminster) since the institution of the London area scheme in 1979.Church of England
The Church of England (C of E) is the established church of England. The Archbishop of Canterbury is the most senior cleric, although the monarch is the supreme governor. The Church of England is also the mother church of the international Anglican Communion. It traces its history to the Christian church recorded as existing in the Roman province of Britain by the third century, and to the 6th-century Gregorian mission to Kent led by Augustine of Canterbury.The English church renounced papal authority when Henry VIII failed to secure an annulment of his marriage to Catherine of Aragon in 1534. The English Reformation accelerated under Edward VI's regents, before a brief restoration of papal authority under Queen Mary I and King Philip. The Act of Supremacy 1558 renewed the breach, and the Elizabethan Settlement charted a course enabling the English church to describe itself as both catholic and reformed:
catholic in that it views itself as a part of the universal church of Jesus Christ in unbroken continuity with the early apostolic church. This is expressed in its emphasis on the teachings of the early Church Fathers, as formalised in the Apostles', Nicene, and Athanasian creeds.
reformed in that it has been shaped by some of the doctrinal principles of the 16th-century Protestant Reformation, in particular in the Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion and the Book of Common Prayer.In the earlier phase of the English Reformation there were both Catholic martyrs and radical Protestant martyrs. The later phases saw the Penal Laws punish Roman Catholic and nonconforming Protestants. In the 17th century, the Puritan and Presbyterian factions continued to challenge the leadership of the Church which under the Stuarts veered towards a more catholic interpretation of the Elizabethan Settlement especially under Archbishop Laud and the rise of the concept of Anglicanism as the via media. After the victory of the Parliamentarians the Prayer Book was abolished and the Presbyterian and Independent factions dominated. The Episcopacy was abolished. The Restoration restored the Church of England, episcopacy and the Prayer Book. Papal recognition of George III in 1766 led to greater religious tolerance.
Since the English Reformation, the Church of England has used a liturgy in English. The church contains several doctrinal strands, the main three known as Anglo-Catholic, Evangelical and Broad Church. Tensions between theological conservatives and progressives find expression in debates over the ordination of women and homosexuality. The church includes both liberal and conservative clergy and members.The governing structure of the church is based on dioceses, each presided over by a bishop. Within each diocese are local parishes. The General Synod of the Church of England is the legislative body for the church and comprises bishops, other clergy and laity. Its measures must be approved by both Houses of Parliament.Dean of the Chapel Royal
The Dean of the Chapel Royal, in any kingdom, can be the title of an official charged with oversight of that kingdom's chapel royal, the ecclesiastical establishment which is part of the royal household and ministers to it.Diocese of London
The Diocese of London forms part of the Church of England's Province of Canterbury in England.
Historically the diocese covered a large area north of the Thames and bordered the dioceses of Norwich and Lincoln to the north and west. The present diocese covers 177 square miles (460 km2) and 17 London boroughs, covering most of Greater London north of the River Thames and west of the River Lea. This area covers nearly all of the historic county of Middlesex. It includes the City of London in which lies its cathedral, St Paul's, and also encompasses Spelthorne which is in Middlesex but part of Surrey County Council.
Essex formed part of the diocese until 1846 when the county became part of the Diocese of Rochester (and later changed again to the Diocese of St Albans and is now in the Diocese of Chelmsford).Jackie Searle
Jacqueline Ann "Jackie" Searle (born 26 September 1960) is a British Anglican bishop. Since 2018, she has served as the Bishop of Crediton, a suffragan bishop of the Diocese of Exeter. She had previously been the Archdeacon of Gloucester between 2012 and 2018.John Cavell (bishop)
John Kingsmill Cavell (4 November 1916 – 19 May 2017) was a British Anglican bishop. From 1972 to 1984, he was the ninth Bishop of Southampton, a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Winchester.List of female Anglican bishops
The following is a list of female Anglican bishops in diocesan, suffragan, area, and assistant roles.Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015
The Lords Spiritual (Women) Act 2015 is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom. It stipulates that whenever a vacancy arises among the Lords Spiritual during the next ten years after the Act comes into force, the position has to be filled by a woman, if there is one who is eligible. In this case, the Act supersedes Section 5 of the Bishoprics Act 1878, which would issue a "writ of summons to that bishop of a see in England who having been longest bishop of a see in England has not previously become entitled to such writ". It does not apply to the five sees of Canterbury, York, London, Durham or Winchester, which are always represented in the House of Lords.
The Act was passed shortly after the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure 2014 authorised the Church of England to appoint women as bishops.The first female diocesan bishop, and thus the first female Lord Spiritual due to this Act, was Rachel Treweek in 2015. Consecrated Bishop of Gloucester on 22 July 2015 and enthroned on 19 September 2015, she joined the Lords on 7 September 2015 with the full title The Rt Rev. the Lord Bishop of Gloucester, and was introduced to the House by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Bishop of London on 26 October 2015. She made her maiden speech on 7 March 2016.Since then, Christine Hardman (2016), Viv Faull (2018) and Libby Lane (2019) have also entered the Lords due to this Act shortly after becoming diocesan bishops. Therefore four out of six vacant Lords positions occurring in the first four years of the Act have been filled by women (as of May 2019). In addition (and independently of the Act), Sarah Mullally has entered the Lords ex officio when appointed Bishop of London in 2018.Mullally
Mullally or Mulally or Mullaly or Mulaly is a surname of Irish origin (Ó Maolalaidh). Notable people with the surname include:
Alan Mulally (born 1945), American business executive, president of Ford Motor Company
Alan Mullally (born 1969), English cricketer
Anthony Mullally (born 1991), Irish rugby player
Connor Mullally (born 1996), British singer/song-writer
Dick Mullaly (1892-1971), Australian rules footballer
Erin Mullally (born 1990), Australian actor and model
Evelyn Mullally, British academic
Frederic Mullally (1918–2014), British journalist, public relations executive and novelist
John Mullaly (1835–1915), American newspaper reporter and editor, "father of the Bronx's park system"
John Mullally (born 1930), Canadian teacher and politician
John E. Mullally, (1875-1912) member of the California State Assembly, 30th District, 1910-1912
Megan Mullally (born 1958), American actress, talk show host and singer
Mike Mullally (born c.1939), American college athletics administrator
Paddy Mullally (born 1976), Irish hurler
Richie Mullally (born 1978), Irish hurler
Dame Sarah Mullally (born 1962), British former nurse, now a Church of England bishop
Seán Ó Maolalaidh (fl.1419–1480), Chief of the Name
Una Mullally (born 1982/3), Irish broadcaster and journalist
William Ó Mullally (c.1530–1595), Archbishop of Tuam in the Church of IrelandNick McKinnel
Nicholas McKinnel (born 19 August 1954) is an English Anglican bishop. He has been the Bishop of Plymouth, a suffragan bishopric in the Diocese of Exeter, since 2015. He was the suffragan Bishop of Crediton in the same diocese from 2012.Pete Broadbent
Peter Alan Broadbent (born 31 July 1952), known as Pete Broadbent, is an English Anglican bishop. He is the current Church of England Bishop of Willesden, an area bishopric in the Diocese of London. During the vacancy in the diocesan see from 2017-2018, he served as Acting Bishop of London.Rachel Treweek
Rachel Treweek (née Montgomery; born 4 February 1963) is a British Anglican bishop, Lord Spiritual and former speech and language therapist. Since June 2015, she has been Bishop of Gloucester, the first female diocesan bishop in the Church of England. From 2011 until 2015, she was the Archdeacon of Hackney in the Diocese of London.Richard Chartres
Richard John Carew Chartres, Baron Chartres, (; born 11 July 1947) is a retired bishop of the Church of England. He was area Bishop of Stepney from 1992 to 1995 and Bishop of London from 1995 to 2017. He was sworn of the Privy Council in the same year he became Bishop of London. He was also Gresham Professor of Divinity from 1987 to 1992. In October 2017, Chartres was made a Life Peer, and he now sits in the House of Lords as a crossbencher; he had previously sat in the House as one of the Lords Spiritual.Robert de Sigello
Robert de Sigello (died 1150) was a medieval Bishop of London and Lord Chancellor of England.St Matthew's Church, Willesden
St Matthew's Church is an Anglican Parish church in Willesden in the London Borough of Brent. It is situated on the corner of St Mary's Road and Fawcett Road in Willesden. It was built between 1900 and 1906, designed by William Douglas Caroe and is a Grade II listed building. It is in the deanery of Brent, in the archdeaconry of Northolt, in the Diocese of London.St Paul's Church, New Southgate
The Parish Church of Saint Paul is a Church of England parish church in New Southgate, London Borough of Enfield, London.The Winston Churchill School, Woking
The Winston Churchill School is a comprehensive, secondary school in Woking, England. The school was established in 1967. It is near Knaphill, Bisley, West End, Brookwood and Pirbright. The school holds Specialist Sports College status.
for the ancient diocesan bishops, see Bishop of Exeter
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