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Rev Rose

Rose was born and bred in Montego Bay, where she attended Montego Bay High School for Girls. She trained as a Church Army Evangelist in Great Britain and returned to work in the diocese of Jamaica in the field of Christian Education. Years later, she returned with her husband to England in 1985. She was ordained deacon in 1991 and ordained to the priesthood in 1994 and presently serves as a priest in the diocese of London.

In 2007, Rose was appointed as a Chaplain to Her Majesty the Queen; and in 2010, she became the first female to be appointed as the 79th Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons. In her new role, she leads the prayers in the House of Commons daily when the House is sitting and carries the responsibility for the pastoral care of both members and staff of the Palace of Westminster.

Rose has previously served as a member of the General Synod of the Church of England and was one of the Panel of Chairs of the Synod. She has also previously served on the Broadcasting Standards Commission and on the Board of SPCK – Chairing their Worldwide Committee. She has twice represented the Church of England at the World Council of Churches meeting and is also one of its representatives on the Anglican Consultative Council. As a Selection Secretary for the Church of England, she helps to select men and women seeking to test their vocation to the ministry. She is often called on to preach in the colleges of Oxford and Cambridge and does some religious broadcasting. She is married to a priest who serves as a prison chaplain and they have three adult children.