Olivia Graham at Christ Church Cathedral

Bishop Olivia became the Diocese of Oxford’s first female bishop when she was consecrated in November 2019. She began her career in teaching and international development, including a period working for Oxfam in Somalia. Ordained in 1997, she has since served in the Diocese of Oxford, in Garsington, Princes Risborough, and Burnham before she became the Archdeacon of Berkshire in 2013.

Bishop Olivia is passionate about social justice and the interface the Church has with the wider world. In June 2019 she accompanied other faith leaders calling for Government action on climate change and took part in a Mass Lobby of Parliament. She has also led the work on Flourishing in Ministry, a set of resources and a leadership approach that supports clergy to develop a healthy rhythm of prayer, work and rest.

She was announced as Bishop of Reading in July 2019 (film below) and welcomed in a special service at Reading Minster in 2019.

Big priorities for Bishop Olivia are the climate crisis and the challenges facing young people. She addresses these in this talk given at a Berkshire archdeaconry day in late 2019.

Bishop Olivia is married to Keith, and the couple have three grown-up children. For more on the announcement of her as Bishop of Reading click here. 

Read God in the Life of Bishop Olivia, in Pathways magazine