First Female Black Bishop to lead Black History Month Celebrations in Kilburn and Hampstead

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin

Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, who is to become the Bishop of Dover and will be the first black female bishop, will be the guest preacher at a special mass at St Mary’s, Kilburn.  The service, to be held at 10 am on Sunday 20th October will be the culmination of Black History Month celebrations and will feature music from Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir.


Black History Month, marked every October in the UK, offers a unique opportunity for St Mary’s and St James’ to celebrate the diversity of its congregation and the local community.


The Parish will celebrate the outstanding contribution of Black Britons and also the way a diverse and varied society strengthens and enhances our culture.


The parish is honoured to have Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin as our guest preacher.  Rose was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica and has an auspicious career as a Church of England priest.  She is currently Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons and is to become the Bishop of Dover, who runs the Diocese of Canterbury on behalf of the Archbishop of Canterbury.


In the Sundays preceding the special mass, members of Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir will lead workshops to teach songs that will then be sung during the celebration on the 20th.  The workshops are free and will take place at 11.30 am after the 10 am mass on September 29th, October 6th and 13th. Everyone is invited to attend.


Fr Robert Thompson, Rector of the United Benefice of St Mary’s and St James’ said: ‘We have a diverse and varied congregation at St Mary’s, many of whom are Black Britons, and we’re thrilled that Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin will be coming to address us, to celebrate the achievements of Black Britons and the diversity of the people of God.  We’re delighted that Soul Sanctuary Gospel Choir will be joining us too, bringing gospel music to our celebrations, a divine and beautiful gift from the Black Diaspora.


For more information contact Fr Robert Thompson on: 07989 303177 or