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New Bishop of Croydon announced

by Alex Collett

Venerable Dr Rosemarie Mallett has been announced as the new Bishop of Croydon in the Diocese of Southwark.

Dr Mallett has replaced Rt Rev Jonathan Clark who left the diocese in March and is the first female Bishop in the Diocese and she will be the second Barbadian Bishop of Croydon.

Born in Barbados, Dr Mallett grew up in the UK and was educated at Sussex University and Warwick University. 

Prior to ordination, she was a research sociologist and academic, specialising in international development and ethno-cultural mental health. 

She has lived and worked in Tanzania, Ethiopia and Barbados. She trained for ministry at the South East Institute of Theological Education (SEITE) and served her curacy at Christ Church, Brixton Road. She was ordained Priest in 2005. 
Dr Mallett served as Priest-in-Charge at St John the Evangelist, Angell Town, from 2007 and was appointed Vicar in 2013, as well as being made Director of Ordinands for the Kingston Episcopal Area. 

In 2015, she was additionally appointed Diocesan Director of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation. 
She served on General Synod from 2011 to 2021.

In a Tweet posted online Dr Mallett said: “I’m really looking forward to the role and the responsibility of the Bishop of Croydon.

“Between Southurst and Gatwick there is a diversity of people and of place and I am looking forward to finding the way that we can bring Church, community, people young and old, to all find a way to work together to build our community, to build our churches.

“Particularly at a time where there has been so much change and so much challenge, there is so much we can do together.”


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