Bishop of Reading

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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 current bishop of Reading is Olivia Graham (formerly Archdeacon of Berkshire) [2] and consecrated on 19 November 2019; [3] Graham succeeds Andrew Proud, who retired earlier in 2019. [4]

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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

Bishops of Reading
FromUntilIncumbentNotes
18891909 Leslie Randall
19091942in abeyance
19421954 Arthur Parham
19541972 Eric Knell
19721982 Eric Wild
19821989 Graham Foley First area bishop from 1984.
19891997 John Bone
19972003 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]
20042010 Stephen Cottrell [7] Translated to Chelmsford. [10] [11]
20112019 Andrew Proud Retired 1 May 2019. [12] [13]
2019present Olivia Graham Consecrated 19 November 2019. [14]
Source(s): [1]

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References

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  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. 1 2 Suffragan See of Reading - 2003 Archived August 17, 2007, at the Wayback Machine . Retrieved on 9 June 2008.
  7. 1 2 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. 5 September 2018. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  13. "Hundreds flock to Bishop Andrew's farewell service". 2 May 2019.
  14. "Olivia Graham consecrated as Bishop of Reading". Church of England. 19 November 2019. Retrieved 21 November 2019.