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Archdeacon of Norwich to be made a bishop

Friday 26 February 2016
The Queen has approved the nomination of the Venerable Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich as the 6th Suffragan Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby and the 9th female bishop in the Church of England.

Jan will be consecrated as a bishop by the Archbishop of Canterbury on Wednesday 29 June and will begin her ministry in Derbyshire later in the summer.

In a letter to clergy and Readers in the Diocese (available in full below) the Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Revd Graham James, said:

"Jan is greatly loved and much admired in the Diocese of Norwich. She has been a fine communicator of the Christian faith in the local and regional media, and an archdeacon who has won the confidence and affection of clergy and lay people alike. We will miss her enormously in this diocese but we are thrilled that she has been called to be a bishop in God’s church."

Speaking of her appointment the Archdeacon of Norwich said:

"I am honoured and delighted to have been invited to become the next Bishop of Repton, and I'm looking forward to all the challenges and opportunities which lie ahead. But it will be very hard indeed to leave Norfolk where I have spent sixteen very happy years working alongside first rate colleagues both in the church and in the local media. I have been proud to have been archdeacon of such a fine city and will miss this county and its people more than I can say."

Jan came to the Diocese in 1999 as Director of Communications. In 2001 she combined that role with being the Bishop of Norwich's Chaplain until 2009 when she was appointed Archdeacon of Norwich, continuing as Director of Communications too.  In addition, in 2015 she became Warden of Readers.

Bishop Graham continued:

"She has been a very familiar voice and face in the local and regional media and greatly appreciated for her clarity of mind, quickness of wit and vigorous exposition of the Christian faith.

"It will be little surprise to many who know Jan well that she has been chosen to be a bishop. It seemed unlikely a couple of years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer, but it is a huge blessing that she has come through her surgery and treatment so well and is now in such good health.

"We pray for her and Andrew as they prepare for their move to the Diocese of Derby where I am sure Jan will continue to be a great blessing to many in all that she does for Jesus Christ and his Church."

A date and time for a leaving service for Jan in Norwich Cathedral will be publicised in due course and all will be welcome.  We will also publicise further information regarding Jan's consecration on 29 June once the details are confirmed.

Photos will be added below as Jan is introduced in the Diocese of Derby today (Friday 26 February).

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