Tricia Hillas inaugurated as Speaker’s Chaplain
Wednesday, 4th March 2020
The Reverend Tricia Hillas was inaugurated as Chaplain to The Speaker of the House of Commons in a service in St Margaret's Church, Westminster, on Wednesday 4th March 2020.
The service, which was attended by parliamentary staff, representatives of the Diocese of London, family and friends, was conducted by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr David Hoyle. In his Bidding, he said:
We come together today to celebrate and inaugurate a new ministry, as Tricia Hillas formally begins her role as Chaplain to the Speaker of the House of Commons.
As we do so, we give thanks to God for those who have exercised this important ministry over the past 350 years, officiating at prayers in the Commons and serving as pastor to all who work in Parliament. Through times of national celebration and in times of great uncertainty, we acknowledge their contribution to the spiritual life of our land.
The Address was given by the Right Reverend and Right Honourable Dame Sarah Mullally DBE, Bishop of London. The Venerable Elizabeth Adekunle, Archdeacon of Hackney, gave a reading from Ephesians 3; and Sir Lindsay Hoyle, Speaker of the House of Commons, read from Matthew 5.