The Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons, talks to Joan Bakewell about her faith, her upbringing in Jamaica and her parish ministry in Hackney.
Rose Hudson-Wilkin was born and brought up in Jamaica. A 'cradle Anglican', Rose was called to be a priest, she says, at the age of fourteen. Undeterred by the all-male priesthood at the time, she talks about how she patiently set about to serve God while she waited for Him to change the rules on women's ordination. Today, after fourteen years serving as a priest in two troubled inner-city parishes, she is tipped to be one of the first women bishops. But, as she tells Joan Bakewell, she's in no rush to leave her two jobs - one ministering to MPs and their colleagues in the House of Commons and the other caring for a diverse and vulnerable community as a vicar in Hackney.