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Archdeacon of Berkshire announced as new Bishop of Reading

Credit: Diocese of Oxford

The Archdeacon of Berkshire has been named as the new Bishop of Reading.

The Venerable Olivia Graham will be consecrated in November as the first female bishop in the Diocese of Oxford.

She said she was delighted to take up the role.

Her appointment was announced on a visit to Ranelagh School in Bracknell, where pupils were given the chance to ask her questions.

I have a real heart for young people, and a real desire to make life better for them."

– Archdeacon Olivia Graham, the new Bishop of Reading

The Bishop of Oxford said he was very excited about her appointment.

One of the things that was apparent when we were listening and consulting about the new bishop was that people wanted somebody who really knew what it is like to be in ministry in this part of the world. Someone who knew what the pressures and challenges are. In this and many other areas, Olivia brings just what we need at this time."

– Rt Revd Dr Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford

The new Bishop worked as an international aid worker, before she was ordained in 1997.

She's been working in the Diocese of Oxford ever since.

The Archdeacon is the 24th woman to appointed as a bishop since the Church of England general synod first allowed women to become bishops in 2014.