Speaker's chaplain

Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin

The Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin (Bphil Ed) is the 79th Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. 

Her main duties and responsibilities are:

  • To conduct daily prayers in the Chamber of the House
  • To conduct a weekly Eucharistic service in the chapel
  • To conduct weddings, marriage blessings and baptisms of members
  • To be responsible for the pastoral care of both members and staff of the Palace of Westminster.

About the Speaker’s Chaplain

Reverend Rose Hudson-Wilkin writes:

I am delighted to have been appointed as the 79th Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. The last 4 months have been unique and most interesting.

I describe my time here in the Palace of Westminster so far as finding myself walking in a slice of history.

Originally from Montego Bay, Jamaica, I can be described as a cradle Anglican. I was baptised by an old English Priest, Archdeacon Price, at the age of 6 months. Those early beginnings of the Christian faith brought me to the point of exploring my own Vocation to the Priesthood.

I first left Jamaica for England to train with the Church Army, and was commissioned in 1982. In 1991 I was ordained to the diaconate, and later ordained to the Priesthood in 1994 (when women were first allowed to). 

Many within our British society embrace religious faith, along with the very positive standards and values their faith communities encourage. I am passionate about the need for faith to be at the heart of the public arena. So for me, it is an exciting opportunity to fulfil the role as Speaker’s Chaplain.

I have been privileged to serve the Church in a variety of capacities.  I have served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England (from 1995 to 1998, and from 2003 to 2010) and I was also one of the Panel of Chairs of the Synod.  

I twice represented the Church of England at the World Council of Churches and I am one of its representatives on the Anglican Consultative Council. 

I am currently the Vicar of the United Benefice of Holy Trinity with St Philip, Dalston and All Saints, Haggerston and have been since 1998.  I was appointed a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen in 2007.

I am married with three children.

Related information

Topics: Speaker

Recent parliamentary material on the Speaker of the House of Commons. This includes briefing papers produced by the parliamentary research services, and the latest Early Day Motions put down by MPs.