On 11 March 2021, the Rt Rev Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani was confirmed as the new Bishop of Chelmsford at a prayerful and historic service.led by the Archbishop of Canterbury. A recording of the service can be watched below.
10 Downing Street announced Bishop Guli's appointment as Bishop of Chelmsford on 17 December 2020. She has served as the Bishop of Loughborough in the Diocese of Leicester since late 2017.
Speaking about her appointment, Bishop Guli said
"It is a great privilege to be appointed as the next Bishop of Chelmsford. I know there are many challenges ahead both in the church and wider society, not least as a result of the pandemic. However, I am hopeful about the future.
As Christian communities, I believe our task is to be faithful; to share the good news of Jesus Christ and to continue serving the world; to work well together and in partnership with others.
In doing this, we’ll discover the extent of God’s love
Timetable for the start of Bishop Guli's Ministry in Chelmsford Diocese
11th March - Confirmation of Election as Bishop of Chelmsford
This prayerful and historic ceremony made Bishop Guli legally our Diocesan Bishop. It was presided over by The Archbishop of Canterbury and took place on Zoom. In attendance were members of Bishop’s Staff, Bishop’s Council, The Diocesan Registrar, The College of Canons, Area Deans, Lay Chairs, the Diocesan Office Senior Leadership Team and the Vacancy and See Committee
12 March to Easter Day
Bishop Guli completes her ministry as Bishop of Loughborough. Legal authority for oversight of this diocese remains delegated to Bishop Peter until 19 April.
Bishop Guli begins her ministry as Diocesan Bishop but will not fully move in to Bishopscourt with her family until the summer.
It is hoped to hold the public Welcome and Installation service for Bishop Guli in the cathedral.
Introducing Bishop Guli
Bishop Guli recorded a special introductory video for our Diocese that was published on the day of her announcement as the next Bishop of Chelmsford.
Welcome video to our new Bishop
People from around the Diocese of Chelmsford created a special welcome video for our new Bishop.
Online Events to mark Bishop Guli’s Announcement
On 17 December, 2020, Bishop Guli was welcomed to Essex and East London through a series of online events
Meeting with St Mary's Prittlewell C of E primary school
Bishop Guli met with pupils and teachers of St Mary's Prittlewell C of E Primary school
An online service at Chelmsford Cathedral
Bishop Guli attended an online service at Chelmsford Cathedral hosted by Dean of Chelmsford, The Very Rev Nicholas Henshall.
In Conversation with Bishop Guli
Hosted by Bishop Peter
Please share your own welcome message to Bishop Guli on social media using #WelcomeBishopGuli