Archdeacon of Norwich Jan McFarlane is to become a bishop

Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, and diocesan director of communications. Picture: Denise Bradl

Jan McFarlane, Archdeacon of Norwich, and diocesan director of communications. Picture: Denise Bradley - Credit: copyright: Archant 2014

The Archdeacon of Norwich Jan McFarlane is to become a bishop, making her the ninth female bishop in the Church of England.

The Queen has approved the nomination for her to become the sixth Suffragan Bishop of Repton in the Diocese of Derby.

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

The Bishop of Norwich, the Rt Rev 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 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.'

Rev McFarlane 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.

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'But it will be very hard indeed to leave Norfolk where I have spent 16 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.'

It follows her brave fight against breast cancer, which she spoke publicly about in 2014 to urge other patients not to hide away from the disease.

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