Persian Woman as first Bishop of Loughborough

Persian Woman as first Bishop of Loughborough - Canon Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani
First Bishop of Loughborough - Canon Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani

The former JMECA representative for Iran, Canon Dr Guli Francis-Dehqani is to become the first Bishop of Loughborough, in the Diocese of Leicester.  This newly created post was only approved in February 2017 by the General Synod - it will have focus on supporting black, Asian and minority ethnic clergy, lay workers and congregations in the county.  

"I am looking forward to the new post immensely," she says in the video on the Leicester Anglican Website.  

For me it's ultimately about building relationships.   I am excited about getting to know communities all across the Diocese.  The post is full of opportunity and potential because it is new so there is the possibility to shape it and experiment.

Canon Guli will be consecrated as Bishop of Loughborough by the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, in Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 30 November. 

When asked about what message she had for the Loughborough community, she asked that people would pray for her as she prepares to come to the role, and assures them and the Diocese and Bishop Martin that she will also pray as she enters into this new beginning.