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From Dean June to Bishop June

by Gerry Lynch last modified 27 Apr, 2017 10:31 AM

Bishop Nicholas congratulates June Osborne on being chosen as next Bishop of Llandaff

From Dean June to Bishop June

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Bishop Nicholas has warmly welcomed the announcement that the new Dean of Salisbury, the Very Revd June Osborne, is to be the next Bishop of Llandaff.

The Diocese of Llandaff is a historic see of the Welsh Church and is home to nearly half the Welsh population, well over a million people, including Cardiff and the majority of the South Wales Valleys.

Bishop Nicholas said, “June Osborne is one of the Church of England’s leading clerics. For the last 13 years she has been an outstanding Dean of Salisbury. She has made significant contributions to the wider Church of England including helping to organise the Leading Women group which has been massively influential in growing women into positions of leadership in the Church. 

“I am delighted she has been appointed Bishop of Llandaff.”

One of the most senior priests in England, June Osborne has served as Dean for the past 13 years, leading the ministry of Salisbury Cathedral. She was the first female Dean to be appointed to a medieval cathedral, having previously served as Salisbury Cathedral’s Canon Treasurer for nearly 10 years. She has been active in the national life of the Church of England, serving for many years on General Synod’s Standing Committee, including sitting on the panel of chairmen. She has also chaired the Salisbury Diocesan Advisory Committee.

Her appointment will be confirmed at a Sacred Synod meeting on July 14 and she will be consecrated at Brecon Cathedral on July 15. She will celebrate her final Sunday at Salisbury Cathedral on 9 July  

Welcoming her appointment, the Church in Wales’ Senior Bishop, the Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, the Rt Revd John Davies, said,  “In June Osborne, both the Church in Wales and the Diocese of Llandaff will find themselves to be richly blessed. June’s track record admirably demonstrates her passion for Christian ministry modelled on the Gospel imperatives of love, justice, inclusivity and openness. All of these are qualities which I and my fellow bishops warmly support and welcome. She is known as a leader with clear vision, a pastoral heart and a strategic mind, all of which commend the Church to the wider community. In this way and through her teaching, her preaching and her leadership, she reveals herself to be someone who I am confident will provide for the Diocese of Llandaff excellence in leadership and oversight. I look forward, with keen anticipation, to her arrival amongst us and to her contributions to the work of the Bench of Bishops.”

Dean June said, “It is a very great privilege to be nominated as Bishop of Llandaff, an ancient post with many noble predecessors. It will be something of a homecoming for the family, particularly because my husband is from Cardiff and it is a place we know and love.

“Leading a diocese that is so diverse, in an area that is both historic and beautiful, will be challenging but I have an enormous appetite for the task and am deeply honoured to have the opportunity to join a diocesan team, which is strong and imaginative. These are turbulent times across the world and the need for faith, and for the confident, distinctive leadership of the Church has never been more important.

“I will, of course, be sad to say goodbye to Salisbury. It has been my home, both spiritually and as a family, for over two decades. I have been surrounded by wonderful colleagues, staff and volunteers, who have made my job a joyful undertaking. It has been a great pleasure to witness how the Cathedral has developed and flourished over the years and to have shared our marvellous Magna Carta 800 celebrations. I am immensely proud of what has been achieved here and wish all at the Cathedral and its diocese well in the years to come.”

A ground breaking figure in the Church of England, Dean June was one of the first women to be ordained as a priest in England in 1994, having been a Deaconess since 1980. Her ministry has been characterised by her passion for equality and diversity, irrespective of race, gender and sexuality.

Dean June is also deeply concerned about global poverty and has worked with the Episcopal Church of the Sudan on health, theological education and advocacy. She continues to play a key role in the Communion’s commitment to implementing the Millennium Development Goals, and is a member of the Government’s Advisory Panel for the Commemoration of WW1.

In her time at Salisbury she has overseen the majority of the Cathedral’s 30-year Major Repair Programme of essential work to restore the fabric of the Cathedral and safeguard it for the future. As Canon Treasurer and Dean she was instrumental in the commissioning of Salisbury Cathedral’s much-loved and admired William Pye font and, in a Cathedral that has often been pioneering and had already establish the first girls’ choir in an English cathedral, she championed the installation of the girl Chorister Bishop in 2015, another historic first for the Cathedral. She played a significant role in the Magna Carta 800 celebrations two years ago, enjoying the huge range of events delivered by the Cathedral during that year.  She has also been a deputy lieutenant of Wiltshire.

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