Jane Mainwaring Consecrated as the new Bishop of Hertford
7th February 2023
The Rt Revd Dr Jane Mainwaring was ordained as Bishop of Hertford in a special service in Canterbury Cathedral on Thursday 2 February, alongside two other new bishops.
Bishop Jane was then welcomed into her new role in the Diocese of St Albans in a service of celebration at All Saints Hertford, on Saturday 4 February.
Bishop Jane is no stranger to the Diocese of St Albans. Having trained on the East Anglia Ministerial Training Course, she served her curacy in Suffolk before moving to this diocese in 2003 to be a parish priest in Hitchin, in Hertfordshire. In 2015 she became a rural dean and then was appointed as Archdeacon of St Albans in 2020.
Jane grew up in London and Essex, and studied Theology and Religious Studies at Leeds University. She has worked for the Diocese of Southwark’s retreat centre (while volunteering in a large church youth group in Surrey), and for the YWCA in Coventry, helping young adults move on from emergency accommodation.
What a special day as Jane Mainwaring was welcomed into the Diocese as Bishop of Hertford 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/PdngJdw9Bs
— The Diocese of St Albans (@diostalbans) February 4, 2023
Jane earned her doctorate at Trinity College, Carmarthen (part of the University of Wales), researching in Church of England and Church in Wales Primary schools, whilst also being Chaplaincy Assistant, working with and supporting the students who attended the college chapel.
Bishops in the Diocese of St Albans
As Bishop of Hertford, Jane will join the Bishop of St Albans and the Bishop of Bedford in confirming people, ordaining new clergy, providing guidance to their congregations, and promoting the mission of the Church.