New Bishop of Birkenhead appointed

The Venerable Julie Conalty, currently Archdeacon of Tonbridge, will be the next Bishop of Birkenhead, Downing Street has announced. The Queen has approved the nomination of The Venerable Julie Conalty, Archdeacon of Tonbridge, in the diocese of Rochester, to the Suffragan See of Birkenhead, in the diocese of Chester.

Bishop-designate Julie says of her appointment, “Being nominated to be the next Bishop of Birkenhead is a huge privilege. I am both honoured and daunted to have been appointed. I have a strong sense of calling to this role and to serve the people of Chester Diocese but that doesn’t stop me feeling unworthy and slightly terrified.

“I am assured that I will receive a warm welcome and I really look forward to getting to know my new colleagues and community. Please pray for me as I prepare, just as I will pray for you.”

Julie was educated at the University of Sheffield and trained for ministry at the South East Institute of Theological Education. She served her title at St Michael the Archangel in East Wickham in the diocese of Southwark and was ordained Priest in 2000.

Julie was appointed non-stipendiary minister at St Luke, St Richard and St Thomas, Charlton in 2004 and became Associate Priest at the Ascension and at St Mark with St Margaret, Plumstead in 2010.

Julie moved to the diocese of Rochester in 2012 when she was appointed Vicar at Christ Church Erith. She took up her current role as Archdeacon of Tonbridge in 2017.

Speaking of Julie Conalty’s appointment, Mark Tanner, Bishop of Chester said, “Julie comes with significant experience as an Archdeacon and ordained minister but also brings with her many years of professional expertise in safeguarding. Her passion for justice and truth, and her joyful faith will be an asset and a blessing to us.”

Visiting the citizen supermarket ‘Number Seven’ at Grange Road, Birkenhead.
(L-R) Sam Corley – Bishop-designate of Stockport, Andy Pilling – Manager of Number Seven, Mayoress Mrs Cath Davies, Mayor Cllr George Davies, Mark Tanner, Bishop of Chester, Julie Conalty – Bishop-designate of Birkenhead.
Visiting Prenton Park, (L-R) Julie Conalty – Bishop-designate of Birkenhead, Mark Tanner, Bishop of Chester, Sam Corley – Bishop-designate of Stockport

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