The new Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett, was consecrated on Friday 24 June, at Southwark Cathedral, in what she described as a “spiritually uplifting and joy-filled” service. Bishop Rosemarie is the Diocese of Southwark’s first female Bishop and third black Bishop – the first being her fellow Barbadian countryman, the Rt Revd Wilfred Wood, now retired – the second, the Rt Revd Dr Woyin Karowei Dorgu, currently serving as Bishop of Woolwich.


The consecration was attended by family, friends and parishioners, not only from the Diocese of Southwark, but from across the country, including clergy, bishops and local and international dignitaries. Well-wishers flooded social media with messages of congratulations, prayers and encouragement.


The Bishop of Southwark, the Rt Revd Christopher Chessun said, “I am thankful that Bishop Rosemarie Mallett has joined the Episcopal Team as Bishop of Croydon. Bishop Rosemarie brings good local knowledge, having served as Archdeacon of Croydon, as well as a wealth of experience from her years as an academic, parish priest and heading the Diocese’s Justice Peace and the Integrity of Creation department. Her love and compassion for the communities she serves shines through and I look forward to working with her in the years to come.”

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd, Justin Welby, said in a tweet after the service, “The grace and goodness of God was so visible at Rosemarie Mallett’s consecration as Bishop of Croydon at Southwark Cathedral today. Praying for Bishop Rosemarie and the wonderful communities she serves.”

Bishop Rosemarie said, “I feel completely humbled and privileged to be called to serve God as a bishop in his church and to lead his people as we work to build the kingdom in the Croydon Episcopal Area which stretches out into East Surrey. I am looking forward to getting to know more of the churches and church schools and para-church projects in the whole episcopal area, and to offer my support to their mission and ministry.”


In a moving and powerful sermon, the Revd Prebendary Sandra McCalla, Chaplain to the Bishop of London, said, “Today, you answer this onerous, yet joyful call to serve not just you but the whole body of witnesses, including those who have travelled across seas and continents to come and see what the Lord has done.”

The service was recorded and can be watched here:

Short Biography of the Bishop of Croydon, the Rt Revd Dr Rosemarie Mallett

Born Bridgetown, Barbados, January 1959

1982-1983        Researcher/Administrator, Eastern and Southern African Universities Research Project (ESAURP), University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

1983-1985        Research Administrator, Institute of Development Studies, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

1985-1986        Research Assistant, Institute of Development Studies, Sussex, Brighton

1986-1987        Research and Development Project, Commonwealth Secretariat, HQ, London

1987-1988        Project Administrator (Research) Co-operative Advisory Group, London

1988-1989        Consultant, Swedish Development Agency

1989-1990        Research Fellow, Institute of Social & Economic Research, University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados

1991-2002        Research Sociologist (Senior), Medical Research Council, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

1995-1997        Honorary Lecturer, Department of Legal, Political and Social Sciences, South Bank University, London

2002-2004        Chief Executive Officer, Brent Black Mental Health Consortium

2004 – 2007      Curacy at Christ Church, Brixton

2007-2020        Priest-in-Charge from December 2007, then Vicar from March 2013, St John the Evangelist, Angell Town

2015-2020        Public Policy Adviser then Director of Justice, Peace and the Integrity of Creation, Diocese of Southwark (part-time)

2020-present    Archdeacon of Croydon