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Bishop of Gloucester to become first female bishop in House of Lords

Bishop Treweek became the first female Bishop in July. Credit: ITV News

The Bishop of Gloucester will become the first female Bishop to take a seat in the House of Lords.

A formal ceremony will be held today to introduce Rachel Treweek to parliament. She will be supported by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby. Bishop Treweek became the first female Bishop in July.

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Church of England's most senior woman bishop says Easter is "message of hope"

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: ITV News

The Church of England's most senior woman bishop has given her Easter message.

The Venerable Rachel Treweek is due to become the new Bishop of Gloucester.

She takes over the role from The Right Reverend Michael Perham, who retired in November.

She says celebrating the resurrection of Christ is a time for reflection and hope.

"That is at the core of the Christian message which is that Jesus died for all of us out of love, but Jesus rose again, and therefore the Christian message is one of enormous hope - so that's the key message of Easter Day and one I hope we'll be sharing across the diocese all year round."

– The Venerable Rachel Treweek

First female Diocesan Bishop chosen for Gloucester

The first female diocesan bishop has been appointed by the Church of England.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

The new Bishop of Gloucester will be Rachel Treweek, who is currently the Archdeacon of Hackney in the London Diocese.

She takes on the role after The Right Reverend Michael Perham retired in November.

Rachel Treweek is the Church of England's third female bishop Credit: Yui Mok/PA Archive

Archdeacon Treweek becomes the third female bishop. The 52-year-old has been given a more senior position than the junior, or suffragan, posts two women have so far been given. Her role means she is the first female bishop to sit in the House of Lords.

Archdeacon Treweek gives a press conference as the announcement is made Credit: ITV News

After the announcement Archdeacon Treweek said:

It is an immense joy and privilege to be appointed as the Bishop of Gloucester. I am surprised and, I have to admit, even a little daunted by the prospect, but my overwhelming feeling is one of excitement to be coming to join with others in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with the people of this diocese.

I am looking forward to encouraging Christians to speak out with confidence about their faith and the good news that the Gospel brings. It will be my privilege to work with churches as we connect with people, wherever they are and whatever their concerns.

My calling to the role of bishop has been shaped by human encounter. I believe profoundly that relationship is at the heart of who God is. I have been with people through the joys and pains of their lives and it is these experiences that I will reflect upon as I take up this new role.

– Rachel Treweek

The Church of England's first woman bishop is the Rt Rev Libby Lane, who was consecrated as the eighth Bishop of Stockport at York Minster in January.

Rachel Treweek will be the new Bishop of Gloucester Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

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