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Archdeacon of Berkshire

olivia-grahamThe Archdeacon of Berkshire is the Ven. Olivia Graham

Olivia has worked in the Oxford Diocese since her ordination in 1997. Before taking up her current role, she was the Parish Development Adviser for the Oxford Archdeaconry, a post which she held from 2007 to 2013.  Before that, she was an incumbent in Burnham and a curate in Garsington and Princes Risborough. She took up her new post in October 2013.

Olivia has had a life-long passion for justice, inclusivity and equality, and worked for many years in Africa before ordination, doing relief and development work. She brings to this role a deep desire for all who exercise ministry in God’s church to flourish and grow and work together for the Kingdom.

As Archdeacon, Olivia shares in the mission of the Church, exercising her ministry in close collaboration with Bishop Andrew. She plays a significant role in the recruiting, oversight, discipline and pastoral care of the clergy and tries to ensure that Bishop Andrew is aware of the needs and concerns of clergy and people, fostering in them a fuller sense of their responsibilities as members of Christ’s body.

She shares the ordinary jurisdiction of the bishop, and exercises the jurisdiction of the consistory court of the diocese as the chancellor directs. She presents ordination candidates to the bishop, she  inducts and installs ministers, conducts visitations of the parishes, and cares for Churchwardens in their office.

She aims, by word, deed, and example to encourage good administration and due process, to exercise authority with wisdom, gentleness and vision; and to remember in all things that she ministers as priest and pastor in the Church of God.

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