It has been announced by 10 Downing Street that Jill Duff is to be appointed as the next Bishop of Lancaster. Jill will be taking up her new post in May, ready for her consecration in York Minster on 29th June and installation in Blackburn Cathedral in early July.
Andy Emerton, Dean of St Mellitus College writes
“As Director of St Mellitus College, North West, Jill has been instrumental in pioneering and establishing the North West teaching centre, which was launched in 2013 and is now in its fifth year. Jill’s passion for the North West, her commitment to prayer, and her pioneering and missional spirit have been the hallmarks of her time with St Mellitus College. I have no doubt that she will bring great energy and enthusiasm to the role of Bishop of Lancaster and we are delighted to be able to continue to partner with her as she ministers in the Diocese of Blackburn.”
“It has been an enormous privilege to have been the founding Director of St Mellitus College, North West and to see the partnership between St Mellitus College and the North West Dioceses exceed all expectations, as the first full-time NW ordination route for over 40 years. I have loved teaching New Testament, Mission and Church planting, while, like our students, being involved in parish ministry & school chaplaincy. I am deeply sad to leave such a committed inspirational team of colleagues; and an incredible cohort of students drawn from across the North. St Mellitus has been a place of hope for me where theology comes alive in the context of unity and mission. I am very grateful for the faith & courage of the NW bishops which enabled this partnership in the gospel that has since opened doors for the founding of St Mellitus College, South West in Plymouth and various wider partnerships. It has also been wonderful to have worked with Liverpool Cathedral and shared a common calling to be a “safe place to do risky things in Christ’s service”. I’m delighted to continue to serve the church in the North West as I take up the see of the Bishop of Lancaster.”
To read more about the announcement visit the diocesan website.