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The Bishop of Sherborne

by Gerry Lynch last modified 29 Jul, 2016 12:16 PM

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The Rt Revd Karen Gorham is the 36th Bishop of Sherborne and the ninth in modern times. She was consecrated on 24 February 2016 at Westminster Abbey [story and photos here] and officially welcomed on 6 March 2016 at Sherborne Abbey [story, sermon and photos here].

 

About Bishop Karen

Bishop Karen holds a BA from the University of Bristol and trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. Prior to ordination she worked as an administrator with BTEC and the Royal Society of Arts and as a Pastoral Assistant in Essex and Hull.

She served her title at Northallerton with Kirby Sigston in the Diocese of York from 1995 to 1999. She was ordained priest in 1996 and in 1999 went on to become Priest-in-Charge of St Paul’s, Maidstone in the Diocese of Canterbury. During this time she was also Assistant Director of Ordinands and Area Dean of Maidstone. In 2006 she became an Honorary Canon of Canterbury Cathedral.

She was Archdeacon of Buckingham from 2007, a member of the Church of England General Synod for twelve years, and for the last two served as a member of the Panel of Chairs.

Her interests include travel and walking, the coast and Celtic spirituality. She enjoys days out with friends and an occasional visit to a good restaurant to sample the taster menu.
 

About the Bishopric of Sherborne

The See of Sherborne was established by St Aldhelm, also Abbot of Malmesbury, in ~705. It was the mother diocese of most of South West England in Saxon times before being subsumed into the new Diocese of Salisbury after the Norman Conquest.

In 1925, the title of Bishop of Sherborne was revived for one of two suffragan bishoprics in the Diocese of Salisbury; the Diocese's other suffragan bishopric, Ramsbury, also takes its name for an Saxon diocese that was largely subsumed into Salisbury.

Eight bishops have held the title since it was revived. You can see a full list of Bishops of Sherborne, ancient and modern, on Wikipedia.

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