The Church of England first allowed females to be ordained priests in 1994, over 20 years later, they now have their first black female bishop.

Rose Hudson-Wilkin, the Jamaican-born bishop was ordained the first year the Church of England allowed females to be a part of the clergy. Her new post as the Bishop of Dover, which she will start at the end of November is noted as "groundbreaking and historic" by Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury who is quite excited about the moment. 

Her appointment was well deserved. Hudson-Wilkin has been the chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons in England for nine years. She is overjoyed to be able to take on this role and hopes it will make a difference in the Church body as a whole.

"There is a sense of awe in it all. but also something refreshing about being open to the new things that God has in store – not just for me as a person taking on this new leadership role, but for our diocese as a whole," Hudson-Wilkin says to The Guardian. 

She has a glowing reputation from her role as the House of Commons chaplain. "Even in times of division, she was a point of unity and hope, to those of any or no faith.

"We welcome her warmly, confident that God who has led her this far will walk with her and speak through her,” Welby says.

Hudson-Wilkin is known for her exceptional leadership fueled by her love for God and others which are evident in her words, and actions. 

In  2014, the Church of England began allowing females to become bishops. Now, there are 23 female bishops. Hudson-Wilkin was consecrated on Tuesday alongside Olivia Graham. They will be the 24th and 25th women appointed.