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Next Bishop of Crediton is SEITE alumna

19 June 2015


From the Revd Dr Alan Le Grys

Sir, - Many of Canon Sarah Mullally's friends and former colleagues will have been delighted and thrilled at the news last week of her appointment as the new Bishop of Crediton. This is an excellent appointment, and she will make, I believe, a first-class bishop.

Nevertheless, many of us will have been disappointed that your report in the Church Times forgot to mention that Sarah trained for ministry at the South East Institute for Theological Education (SEITE), and is, to the best of my knowledge, the first former SEITE student to become a bishop.

I am sure that this was simply an oversight, but this could have the unfortunate effect of reinforcing the implicit assumption still witnessed in some circles that "real clergy" always train in colleges. Sarah will, in fact, become one of the first bishops to have undertaken initial ministerial training on a Course; and this is, surely, something to celebrate.


Former Principal of SEITE
2 Blenheim Avenue
Chatham, Kent ME4 6UU

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